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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford / Bailey / Guy): Chapter One (1970-2) [3 CDs] (Emanem)

A reissue of Emanem 4031, a classic concert and studio performances from '70-'72 by the innovative trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone, piano) Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), which was a much expanded reissue of the early Incus releaes 3/4 of the same name. ... Click to View


John Russell (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.): With... (Emanem)

British free improvising guitar master John Russell's 60th birthday gig at London's CAfe Oto is presented in a duo with Phil Minton, a trio with Henry Lowther & Satoko Fakuda, in a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, and in a duo with Thurston Moore. ... Click to View


Iskra 1903: Buzz Soundtrack (Emanem)

Music for the 1971 film by Michael Grigsby and performed by the trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone), Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), a fascinating and distinctive set, more restrained and gentle than their live performances from that time. ... Click to View


Norstebo / Strid / De Heney: Oslo Wien [2 CDs] (VA FONGOOL)

Norwegian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Norstebo's recurring trio with Swedish drummer Raymond Strid and Swiss double bassist Nina de Heney in a 2-CD release featuring two complete concerts from 2014, first at Bidroban in Norway, and then at Freistunde in Vienna, Austria. ... Click to View


Mike Pride: Listening Party (Akord Records/Subkulturni Azil)

The first solo album from Downtown NY drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Pride, 18 diverse and succinct pieces for percussion instruments, studio creations, glockenspiel etudes & drum set improvisations with rhythmically superb music and some strange bits of NYC humor. ... Click to View


Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Raster-Noton)

Alva Noto continues his Xerrox series with the 3rd volume,"Towards Space", using the process of copying and manipulation of data as a basis for sound compositions, here showing a warmer music inspired by film memories, creating an imaginary soundtrack. ... Click to View


Art Zoyd: Generation Sans Futur [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

Art Zoyd's 3rd LP from 1980 now with Daniel Denis on drums is an impressive album of complex, dramatic music with shifting time signatures, tones and unlikely twists and turns. ... Click to View


Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Sleeping Beauty [VINYL] (KS Art Yard Series)

An extremely soulful electric album from Sun Ran and the Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra, a groove driven and funky swirling masterpiece from the late 70's. ... Click to View


Goh Kwang Lee: Hands (Herbal International)

A fun and unusual electronic album from Malaysian sound artist Goh Lee Kwang's, whose instrument of choice is an old Roland Jupiter analogue synth, but toy keyboards, saxophones, bass and drums also thrown into the pot and merrily melted down by Max/MSP. ... Click to View


Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic (Aerophonic)

Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz. ... Click to View


Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker-Flaten / Rosaly / Daisy): Cash And Carry (Aerophonic)

After 10 years together, the Rempis Percussion Quartet led by saxophonist Dave Rempist, Frank Rosaly, Tim Daisy on drums and percussion, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass, recorded this concert at Chicago's Hungry Brain for a superlative album of rhythmically simmering free improv. ... Click to View


Samuel Blaser: Spring Rain (Whirlwind)

Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser pays tribute to clarinetist and composer Jimmy Giuffre, in a quartet with Russ Lossing on piano & keys, Drew Gress on double bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, merging Giuffre's lyrical forms to create new and innovative compositions. ... Click to View


Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 [2 CDs] (Cuneiform)

Composer, cornetist, and musical director Rob Mazurek leads his largest regular ensemble, the Exploding Star Orchestra, through one of his most ambitious recordings, part of an epic science fiction opera inspired by the writings of Samuel R. Delany and Stanislaw Lem. ... Click to View


Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband featuring Bill Frisell: Play a Bill Frisell Setlist (Cuneiform)

Guitarist Bill Frisell's first-ever appearance as the featured soloist on a big band session, performing with British composer and arranger Michael Gibbs and his NDR Bigband for a tour de force album playing over arrangements of compositions drawn from his career. ... Click to View


Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband: In My View (Cuneiform)

British jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs directs his NDR Big Band through a set of lyrical jazz pieces with brilliant arrangements, including four original compositions and compositions from Carla Bley, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Gordon Jenkins, and Ron Carter. ... Click to View


Guapo: Obscure Knowledge (Cuneiform)

For 20 years this British rock trio has straddled the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock here in a 3 part 43 minute long work in a scenic journey through loud New York minimalism, celestial drones, avant rock, kosmiche-noise, rockin' riffs and much more. ... Click to View


Zeitkratzer: Column One: Entropium (KARLRECORDS)

Reinhold Friedl leads Zeitkratzer through five compositions transcribed from works of the Berlin based Dada and Surrealist inspired electroacoustic / industrial collective Column One, recorded live in performance at Berghain during MaerzMusik 2012. ... Click to View


Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink: FMP 0130 [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

A reissue of this 1973 LP of succinct free improvsation by Peter Brotzmann, Fred van Hove, and Han Bennink, with Brotzmann on clarinet, alto, tenor, baritone, bass saxophones, van Hove plays celesta & piano, and Bennink on drums and a crazy assortment of percussive devices. ... Click to View


Fred Frith / Evan Parker: Hello, I Must Be Going (Victo)

Two masters who rarely play together--guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist Evan Parker--performing together as a duo at the 30th Musique Actuelle Festival in Victoriaville, Canada for an amazing exchange of ideas and intensely subtle dialog. ... Click to View


Mycale: Gomory: The Book Of Angels Volume 25 (Tzadik)

The 25th Book of Angels, performing Zorn's lyrical Masada compositions, is the 2nd B.O.A. release from the a cappella vocal quartet Mycale, using a variety of texts in Portuguese, Berber, Hebrew, French and Spanish to fashion lush harmonies and strong rhythmic drive. ... Click to View


Jason Eckardt: Subject (Tzadik)

Composer Jason Eckardt presents "Subject", a work that confronts "enhanced interrogation" techniques using sound and light, plus other works including a 6 part piece about glossolalia ("Tongues"), performed by JACK, ICE, and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. ... Click to View


The: Renga Ensemble Falzone / Vandermark / Jackson / Rothenberg / Stein / Goldberg: The Room Is (Allos Documents)

Chicago clarinetist James Falzone leads a sextet of reeds with Ken Vandermark, Ben Goldberg, Keefe Jackson, Ned Rothenberg, & Jason Stein in a set of 14 intelligent compositions joining minimalism, classical inferences and jazz with asymmetrical parts using both structure and freedom. ... Click to View


Henry Threadgill & Zooid: In for a Penny, In for a Pound [2 CDs] (Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's new epic work in four movements written specifically to feature each of the musicians in Zooid: "Ceroepic" for Elliott Kavee (drums), "Dosepic" for Christopher Hoffman (cello), "Tresepic" for Jose Davila (trombone & tuba), and "Unoepic" for Liberty Ellman (guitar). ... Click to View


Joshua Abrams: Magnetoception [VINYL] (Eremite)

Joshua Abrams on bass and guimbri for his 1st large scale work on vinyl, with the core ensemble of guitarists Emmett Kelly & Jeff Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake, on which Abrams added solo pieces for harp & clarinet, making this wonderfully multi-ethnic textural album. ... Click to View


Zoor: Volumes A + B (Umlaut Records)

The French trio of saxophonist Bertrand Denzler, guitarist Jean-Sebastien Mariage and drummer Antonin Gerbal in two extended works beginning and ending on a sustained plateau while maintaining a constant state of anticipatory suspense using no electronics, treatments or effects. ... Click to View


Bertrand Denzler / Antonin Gerbal: Heretofore (Umlaut Records)

The duo of tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and percussionist Antonin Gerbal, 2/3 of the Zoor trio, in an album of free improvisation contrasting simple and complex sounds, organic and mechanical rhythms while evoking asymmetric, geometric or enigmatic shapes. ... Click to View


Last Exit: Iron Path (ESP)

A much-needed reissue of this 1988 Last Exit album, with Bill Laswell (bass), Peter Brotzmann (sax), Sonny Sharrock (guitar) and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums), muscular "darkwave" improvisation of virtuosic playing with superb energy, suspense and tension. ... Click to View


Banabila & Machinefabriek: Error Log (Tapu Record)

The third album by Banabila and Machinefabriek, removing the lightness of the previous two in favor of abstract and dystopian soundscapes, presented in three long monolithic tracks based on electronics and heavy sampling of acoustic instruments. ... Click to View


Beequeen: Time Waits For No One (Herbal International)

A reissue of the 1995 album from the duo of Frans de Waard and Freek Kinkelaar, electronic sound work in a Zoviet France mode, using looping structures but also freeform improvisation to create dark and alluring audio environments with beautiful sonic elements. ... Click to View


Jason Kahn: Things Fall Apart (Herbal International)

Sound artist Jason Kahn performing in Zurich at the Kunstraum Walcheturm arts organization, recording fourteen short improvised sections, focusing on heavily effected drums and percussive elements augmented with synthetics, radio, plus work exclusively for voice. ... Click to View

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July Web Sale

Summer has started, so what better time to reduce the prices on this great list of more than 100 titles -- CDs, LPs, 7" records and Cassettes -- being sold at distribution prices or lower, up to 30% off their regular retail price! Please take a good look at this list, which includes some stellar titels. But hurry, because this sale ends Sale ends Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight! *

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Schlippenbach / Parker / Edwards / Prevost
3 Nights at Cafe Oto
(Matchless)

Presenting 3 CDs, a DVD, and a solid 80-page book of images and text, capturing 3 nights at Cafe Oto from the trio of Evan Parker (tenor sax), John Edwards (double bass), and Eddie Prevost (drums), joined one night by Alexander v. Schlippenbach, and another night by Christof Thewes.


Steve Lacy
Shots
(Hatology)

A reissue of the uniquely configured trio of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Masa Kwate on traditional Japanese percussion, and Irene Aebi on voice and violin, from their 1977 LP release on the French Musica label, restored and remastered.


Kris Davis Infrasound (Davis / Goldberg / Noriega / Badenhorst / Bishop / Radley / Versace / Black)
Save Your Breath
(Clean Feed)

A superb octet including pianist and leader Kris Davis providing innovative compositions, with the powerful support of Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Joachim Badenhorst & Andrew Bishop on reeds, Nate Radley on guitar, Gary Versace on organ, and Jim Black on drums.


Joe Morris
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)

Joe Morris wrote this book to discuss aspects of free music, including responses to his questionnaire written by Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jamie Saft, Ken Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Matthew Shipp, &c.


Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet
No U Turn, Live in Pasadena 1975
(Dark Tree Records)

The Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet captured in performance in 1975, the earliest known recording of this configuration live from their 70s period in Los Angeles, playing amazing free jazz with Stanley Carter and Roberto Mirando on bass, and William Jeffrey on drums.


Ellery Eskelin
Solo Live At Snugs
(Hatology)

Ellery Eskelin performing solo on tenor saxophone at 61 Local in Brooklyn, NY, four original compositions, personal and distinctive improvisation like listening to tales from a well seasoned and adept traveler.


Henry Threadgill & Zooid
In for a Penny, In for a Pound [2 CDs]
(Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's new epic work in four movements written specifically to feature each of the musicians in Zooid: "Ceroepic" for Elliott Kavee (drums), "Dosepic" for Christopher Hoffman (cello), "Tresepic" for Jose Davila (trombone & tuba), and "Unoepic" for Liberty Ellman (guitar).


Last Exit
Iron Path
(ESP)

A much-needed reissue of this 1988 Last Exit album, with Bill Laswell (bass), Peter Brotzmann (sax), Sonny Sharrock (guitar) and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums), muscular "darkwave" improvisation of virtuosic playing with superb energy, suspense and tension.


Cecil Taylor Quartet
Michigan State University, April 15th 1976
(Hi Hat)

A live recording from the Power Center, Michigan State University at Ann Arbor in 1976 broadcast on WCBN-FM's Jazz Alive program, with pianist Cecil Taylor leading the quintet of Jimmy Lyons (sax), David S. Ware (sax), Raphe Malik (trumpet) and Marc Edwards (drums).


Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)

One of the great modern groups in free improvisations, saxophonist & clarinetist Frode Gjerstad leads teh trio of Jon Rune Strom on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums in a liver performance at Miyazaki, Japan for 2 extended and 1 short improv of vital, informed and exuberant improvisations.


Fred Frith / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
(Victo)

Two masters who rarely play together--guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist Evan Parker--performing together as a duo at the 30th Musique Actuelle Festival in Victoriaville, Canada for an amazing exchange of ideas and intensely subtle dialog.


Matana Roberts
Always
(Relative Pitch)

Two passionate studio improvisations from saxophonist Matana Roberts, who lovingly dedicates the album to "those bard(s) of summer...the ideas herein of which I gleaned/interrogated/investigated/celebrated with you..."; subtle, rich, and inspiring.


Paul Lytton
?!
(Pleasure of the Text Records)

The first solo electronics and percussion album by radical and legendary British improvisor Paul Lytton since 1979, recorded in the studio in Germany, and using a wealth of homemade instruments, laptop, percussive devices, objects, and electro-mechanical devices.


The Scrambling Ex (Van Huffel / Willers / Stiedle)
The Scrambling Ex
(FMR)

A bass-less collaborative trio consisting of three forward-moving, attacking players--Peter Van Huffel (reeds); Oliver Steidle-drums; Andreas Willer-guitars & bass--in a mix of modern jazz compositions and the intuitive process of spontaneous musical creation.


The: Renga Ensemble Falzone / Vandermark / Jackson / Rothenberg / Stein / Goldberg
The Room Is
(Allos Documents)

Chicago clarinetist James Falzone leads a sextet of reeds with Ken Vandermark, Ben Goldberg, Keefe Jackson, Ned Rothenberg, & Jason Stein in a set of 14 intelligent compositions joining minimalism, classical inferences and jazz with asymmetrical parts using both structure and freedom.


Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach
Stockholm Connection [3 CDs]
(Umlaut Records)

A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson.


Brotzmann / McPhee / Kessler / Zerang
Tales Out Of Time
(Hatology)

A much-needed reissue of the 2002 release from the quartet of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Joe McPhee (sax, pocket cornet, trumpet), Kent Kessler (double bass) and Michael Zerang (drums & percussion) recording in the studio for incredible free improvisation from four titans.


Tom Jackson / Benedict Taylor / Daniel Thompson
Hunt At The Brook
(FMR)

Clarinetist Tom Jackson with two string playesr--violist Benedict Taylor and guitarist Daniel Thompson--in empathic improvisation where their individual voices permit a wide range of approaches in interactive improvisation, from fragile contemplation to active interaction.


Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
Autumn
(FMR)

The collaboration of UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American ex-pat drummer Tony Bianco has at least a 15 year history, heard in these telepathic duos of free improvisation recorded at Delbury Hall, Shropshire in 2014 for 3 extended works of breathtaking playing.


Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)

The trio of trumpeter Peter Evans, electric bassist Tim Dahl, and drummer/percussionist Mike Pride have played together since 2010, crossing the boundaries of improvisation, composition and rock in dynamic genre-defying music intended to be played loud.


Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano Duo
All The Ghosts At Once
(Relative Pitch)

The enduring sax and drum duo format is invigorated with US drummer Chris Corsano and Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, who push each other in free improvisation that uses insanely great technique while delivering a passionate and ecstatic dialog.


Jim O'Rourke
Simple Songs
(Drag City)

Eight not-so-simple songs from O'Rourke performed with Tokyo musicians, intensely personal, beautifully paced and mixed songs that could have come from the 70s, with impeccable studio skills and written from a modern perspective with a bit of dark millennial humor.


Karl Berger / Kirk Knuffke
Moon [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)

After performing at a night dedicated to Ed Blackwell and Don Cherry, vibraphone legend Karl Berger invited trumpeter Knuffke to Woodstock to teach and perform with him, from which this lovely album of duets was born, 2 CDs of original compositions of free and lyrical playing.


All Included (Kuchen / Johansson / Aleklint / Strom / Ostvang)
Satan in Plain Clothes
(Clean Feed)

With members from Angles, Universal Indians, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Friends and Neighbors, &c. the quintet of Martin Kuchen (sax), Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Mats Aleklin (trombone), Jon Rune Strom (bass) and Tollef Ostvang (drums) play modern, energetic jazz that kicks Satan's ass; highly recommended!


Universal Indians + Joe McPhee (Dikeman / Strom / Ostvang)
Skullduggery
(Clean Feed)

The free improvising trio of John Dikeman on sax, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums, invites Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and alto sax for a release of rugged free improv using unorthodox approaches and amazing dexterity in their playing.


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