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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Detail: Stevens / Pedersen / Gjerstad: First Detail [VINYL + CD] (Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad started the forward thinking free improv group Detail in 1981 with Eivin One Pederson on keys and SME legend, drummer John Stevens; this live recorrding of the original lineup is a fantastic document of the roots of this important band. ... Click to View


Trevor Wishart: Red Bird: A Political Prisoner's Dream [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

A reissue of Trevor Wishart's 1978 release on the York Electronic Studios, exploring the interpolation by technological means between the human voice and natural sounds, in this work examing four classes of sounds: birds; animal and body sounds; machines; and words. ... Click to View


Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke: Behold [VINYL] (Editions Mego)

The second collaborative release from Oren Ambarchi and Jim O'Rourke, Ambarchi on guitar and drums and O'Rourke on synth and piano, recording in Tokyo between 2012 and 2013, for two side long works that use subtle minimalism and building structures of sound. ... Click to View


Spunk: Adventura Botanica (Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian quartet SPUNK joins forces with modern dance exponent Odd Johan Fritzoe to create a sound and movement work celebrating Darwin's trip to Madagascar where he developed the theories of evolution, heard here in a studio recordings. ... Click to View


Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus: Bonita [VINYL + CD] (Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian free vocalist Sidsel Endresen and guitarist Stian Westerhus expand on their concert recording "Didymoi Dreams" by taking their concepts into the studio for a live all-improvised set of recordings of unique, unusual, edgy, and telepathic music. ... Click to View


Sidsel Endresen & Stian Westerhus: Bonita (Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian free vocalist Sidsel Endresen and guitarist Stian Westerhus expand on their concert recording "Didymoi Dreams" by taking their concepts into the studio for a live all-improvised set of recordings of unique, unusual, edgy, and telepathic music. ... Click to View


Albatrosh: Night Owl (Rune Grammofon)

The young Norwegian jazz duo of pianist Eyolf Dale and saxophonist and clarinetist Andre Roligheten, who have played together since meeting in 2006 at the age of 17, in their 5th album, a wonderfully upbeat set of original compositions that push both players while delighting listeners. ... Click to View


Albatrosh: Night Owl [VINYL + CD] (Rune Grammofon)

The young Norwegian jazz duo of pianist Eyolf Dale and saxophonist and clarinetist Andre Roligheten, who have played together since meeting in 2006 at the age of 17, in their 5th album, a wonderfully upbeat set of original compositions that push both players while delighting listeners. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho: Demon Box [4 CD/DVD BOX] (Rune Grammofon)

Motorpsycho's breakthrough 1993 2 LP album on the Norwegian Voices of Wonder label is reissued as a quality 4 disc box set: 2 CDs with the original album in its entirety; a CD of the 2 following EPs ("Mountain" & "Another Ugly"); a CD of outtakes; and a live DVD. ... Click to View


Thanos Chrysakis / Chris Cundy / James O'Sullivan: Asphodels Abide (Aural Terrains)

Sophisticated and interactive electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Chris Cundy on bass clarinet, James O'Sullivan on guitar, and Aural Terrains label leader Thanos Chrysakis on laptop, synth and radio, performing the six part "Asphodels Abide". ... Click to View


Machinefabriek: Loos (self-released)

A live performance at Ephemere, Studio Loos in The Netherlands from Rutger Zuydervelt, AKA Machinefabriek, in a set that mixes his sources with recordings from the room, creating a dynamic and vibrant recording that ranges from subtle near-silence to thick electronic excitement. ... Click to View


Nickolas Mohanna : Phase Line (Run/Off Editions)

Digital sound processing oscillating through a variety of media saturated sources including electronic billboards, kiosk stations, traffic control devices and other city environments, knotted into sculptural arpeggiation by sound artists Nickolas Mohanna. ... Click to View


Chris Dadge: Pith [3-inch CDR] (Bug Incision Records)

Bug Incision label leader Chris Dadge steps away from his drums for a live performance at Pith Gallery in Calgary, using field recordings and amplified objects to create intriguing and compelling environments of concrete sound, tinted from a percussionist's perspective. ... Click to View


Chris Dadge : Bin 15 [3-inch CDR] (Bug Incision Records)

Percussionist Chris Dadge recorded these two drones using amplified cymbals, violin, and snare drum inside a replica of a Saskatchewan-prairies-style grain silo erected by artist Mark Lowe at the 2011 Calgary Folk Festival. ... Click to View


Benoit Hughes: Crescent Road [3-inch CDR] (Bug Incision Records)

Autodidact Benoit Hughes recorded these improvisations to a mini-disc recorder on auto-volume, adding unusual sonic qualities to inventive playing on the piano and half-clarinet, where the physical ambiance mixes with his unbridled machinations. ... Click to View


Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide: The Last Train (Fataka)

UK free improvising drummer Roger Turner meets Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide at the Hara Museum, Tokyo in the winter of 2013 for a performance that balances introspective improvisation with assertive and authoritative playing for a captivating and dynamic album. ... Click to View


Harris Eisenstadt (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser): Golden State II (Songlines)

Live recordings at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival from drummer Harris Eisenstadt's excellent and lyrical Golden State chamber jazz ensemble, here as a quartet with Michael Moore on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Mark Dresser on bass. ... Click to View


Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke: Two City Blues PT 2 (Trost Records)

One of two sets recorded on one intense night at Tokyo's Shinjuku Pit Inn from the trio of Japanese improvised rock legend Haino Keiji, European Free Jazz saxophone master Peter Brotzmann, and versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke. ... Click to View


Mattin : Songbook #5 (Disembraining Machine )

Mattin takes 5 spontaneous 5-minute songs from 5 musicians, and a 25 minute concert structured by 5 instructions based on those song titles, then records vocals for the 5 songs as a singing lecture, then superimposes all 3 to create the five 5-minutes songs on this album. ... Click to View


Hong-Kai Wang and Mattin: Collapsing Ourselves (Mount Analogue)

A unique album of self-aware conversation from Hong-Kai Wang and Mattin, who record themselves responding to their own dialog, addressing those responses to the audience and adding their reaction to the final recordings, creating an abstract spoken ambiance. ... Click to View


Sun Ra Arkestra, The: Live in Nickelsdorf 1984 [VINYL 4 LP BOX] (Trost Records)

A sturdy 4 LP box set documenting Sun Ra's 1984 European Tour, here performing live in Nickelsdorf, Germany at Jazzgalerie, for an ebullient set of Sun Ra originals and standards with the Arkestra including John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Danny Ray Thompson, Eloe Taylor, James Jackson, &c &c. ... Click to View


John Zorn: John Zorn's Olympiad The Early Game Pieces (Tzadik)

New York electric guitar quartet Dither (Gyan Riley, Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, James Moore) initiate John Zorn's Olympiad series, recording Zorn's early pre-Cobra game pieces "Fencing", Curling", and "Hockey". ... Click to View


Hypercolor: (Tzadik)

Eyal Maoz, James Ilgenfritz, and Lukas Ligeti make up Hypercolor, the NYC-based spastic jazz-rock hybrid whose ridiculous artsong craftsmanship alternately revels in complexity or brazen simplicity, favoring entropy and near-disaster over order or tidiness. ... Click to View


John Zorn: The Hermetic Organ Vol. 3. - Pauls Hall, Huddersfield (Tzadik)

The third in John Zorn's solo organ is performed live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013, performing with unusual sonorities, spectral experimentation, hypnotic moods and stirring melodies. ... Click to View


Mike Osborne: Dawn (Cuneiform)

British Sax legend Mike Osborne in his earliest surviving recording as a co-leader with John Surman from 1966, and in 1970 with the first known recordings of his trio with the South African rhythm team of Harry Miller and Louis Moholo. ... Click to View


Henry Kaiser & Ray Russell: The Celestial Squid (Cuneiform)

Legendary UK free-jazz guitarist Ray Russell meets California avant guitarist Henry Kaiser to explore celestial squids with drummers Weasel Walter & William Winant, bassists Michael Manring & Damon Smith, and saxophonists Steve Adams, Joshua Allen, Phillip Greenlief, and Aram Shelton. ... Click to View


Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974 [CD+DVD] (Cuneiform)

Innovative UK avant/jazz-rock band Soft Machine from their 1974 line up of Mike Ratledge on keys, Karl Jenkins on keys, Allan Holdsworth on guitar, Roy Babbington on bass, and John Marshall on drums, performing live at Congress Hall, in Montreaux, Switzerland. ... Click to View


Shoko Nagai (w/ Reynolds / Goldberger / Takeishi / Black): Taken Shadow (Animul)

Experimental electronics & improvisations from NY based composer/keyboardist Shoko Nagai, using multiple textures and an open sense of time to evoke rich aural environments, with the aid of Todd Reynolds (violin), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (bass) & Jim Black (drums). ... Click to View


Kinya Sogawa: Playing Bamboo (Animul)

Kinya Sogawa is one of the most outstanding shakuhachi performers in Japan today, and is also one of Japan's finest shakuhachi makers, here in an album of masterful performance on one of his own instruments. ... Click to View


Loren Connors: My Brooklyn (Analogpath)

The story of New York City told through the guitar from Brooklyn guitarist Loren Connor, performing solo live at The Stone in January 2012, and at Brooklyn's Zebulon in February 2012, intensely personal and reflective work that well echoes this magnificent borough. ... Click to View

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Steve Lacy Four
Morning Joy ...Paris Live [reissue]
(Hatology)

One night at the Paris Sunset Club by saxophonist Steve Lacy's Quartet with Steve Potts on sax, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass and Oliver Johnson on drums, performing an exuberant mix of Lacy originals and Thelonius Monk tunes, remastered & expanded for Hat's 40th Anniversary.


Joe Morris
Mess Hall
(Hatology)

Dark, edgy and superb electric guitar work from Joe Morris in a trio with Stave Lantner on electric keyboard and Jerome Deupree on drums, the final part of what Morris calls "Big Loud Electric Guitar Trilogy" that started with "Sweatshop" and "Racket Club", following the Hendrix legacy.


Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Steve Swell)
At Constellation
(Circulasione)

The well-traveled and nearly telephathic Norwegian trio of reedist Frode Gjerstad performing on alto sax and clarinet with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Jon Rune Strom are joined by NY trombonist Steve Swell for a live concert at at Constellation in Chicago, 2014.


Harris Eisenstadt (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser)
Golden State II
(Songlines)

Live recordings at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival from drummer Harris Eisenstadt's excellent and lyrical Golden State chamber jazz ensemble, here as a quartet with Michael Moore on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Mark Dresser on bass.


Roscoe Mitchell Trio
Angel City
(RogueArt)

Art Ensemble founder Roscoe Mitchel on reeds, winds and percussion, in an extended electroacoustic work performed with James Fei on reeds and analog electronics and William Winant on percussion; a composition/improvisation blending sound and space in creative and compelling ways.


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.


Joe McPhee
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
(Hatology)

In 1996, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joe McPhee's first solo release, McPhee recorded this remarkable album of solo reeds, pocket cornet, and electronics, using overdubbing to create gripping music including an homage to Miles Davis and unique versions of standards.


Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas
Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

"Two Pianos" is one of Morton Feldman's most experimental and radical works, performed here by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas; plus lesser known works including 'Piece for Four Pianos', 'Between Categories', 'False Relationships and the Extended Ending' and 'Two Pieces for Three Pianos'.


Ran Blake with Ricky Ford and Steve Lacy
That Certain Feeling
(Hatology)

2010 master of this 1990 classic, not your average book of standards, pianist Blake takes an unusual and broad take on Gershwin with the help of saxophonists Ricky Ford and Steve Lacy.


Liza Lim
Orchestral Works
(Hat [now] ART)

Composer Liza Lim presents 3 lesser known works: "The Compass" for orchestra with solo parts for flute and didgeridoo; "Pearl, Ochre, Hair String" featuring a cello solo using a guiro bow; and "The Guest" written for recorder soloist Jeremias Schwarzer.


Luzia Von Wyl Ensemble
Frost
(Hatology)

Swiss pianist/composer Luzia von Wyl and her Ensemble of jazz and classical performers presents von Wyl's compositions that borrow from modern and early jazz, chamber music and world sources, in works that draw on her experiences traveling and performing through the world.


Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark
East By Northwest
(Pleasure of the Text Records)

A superb live set between trumpeter Nate Wooley and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark performing on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone, captured live at the 2014 Okka Fest in Milwaukee, intelligent free improvisation balancing introspection and fire.


Evidence: Cartier, Derome, Tanguay, Thelonius Monk
Monk Work
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

After 14 years this Montreal trio dedicated to the works of Thelonius Monk, comprised of Jean Derome on alto and baritone sax, Pierre Cartier on electric bass, and Pierre Tanguay on drums, returns with 11 exuberant recordings including "Brilliant Corners", "Pannonica", &c.


Nate Wooley (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
Battle Pieces
(Relative Pitch)


Anthony Braxton Trio & Quintet
Town Hall (Trio & Quintet) 1972
(Hatology)

Braxton's 1972 Town Hall, NY concert with the great lineup of Dave Holland, Philip Wilson, John Stubblefield, Jeanne Lee, and Barry Altschul, an early example of his numbered compositions


Albert Ayler Quintet
Stockholm, Berlin 1966
(Hatology)

In 1966 Albert Ayler toured Europe with his quintet, as heard on these beautifully remastered recordings from Berlin and Stockholm; inspired and spiritual free jazz.


Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke
Two City Blues PT 2
(Trost Records)

One of two sets recorded on one intense night at Tokyo's Shinjuku Pit Inn from the trio of Japanese improvised rock legend Haino Keiji, European Free Jazz saxophone master Peter Brotzmann, and versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke.


Shoko Nagai (w/ Reynolds / Goldberger / Takeishi / Black)
Taken Shadow
(Animul)

Experimental electronics & improvisations from NY based composer/keyboardist Shoko Nagai, using multiple textures and an open sense of time to evoke rich aural environments, with the aid of Todd Reynolds (violin), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (bass) & Jim Black (drums).


Frode Gjerstad Quartet (Bradford / Bergman / akLaff)
Ikosa Mura
(Cadence Jazz Records)

The superb quartet of saxophonist Frode Gjerstad on tenor, with trumpeter Bobby Bradford, pianist Borah Bergman, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff, recording in the studio in New Jersey, 1997 in a tour de force of unusual and highly creative free improvisation.


Halvorson / Radding / Wooley
Crackleknob
(Hatology)

Free improvisation from a trio of New Yorkers working in abstract territory but maintaining the pieces in compact works that are succint and spontaneously focused.


Horace Tapscott
The Dark Tree [2 CDs]
(Hatology)

Pianist Tapscott with John Carter, Cecil McBee and Andrew Cyrille in a rare record of mostly original Tapscott compositions, significant music from a legendary player.


Dave Douglas Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations
(Hatology)

A much-needed reissue of Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio with guitarist Brad Shepik and drummer Jim Black, a remarkably telepathic group recorded mid-tour after 3 years working together.


Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
More News For Lulu
(Hatology)

News from Lulu with John Zorn, George Lewis, and Bill Frisell recorded live in 1989, Paris, applying Downtown NY extended techniques to 60s Blue Note jazz pieces with incredible results.


Morton Feldman
Clarinet & String Quartet
(Hat [now] ART)

2 works for clarinet and string quartet, active compositions with a unique perspective in sound & texture; 2 versions of the 2 part 1961 work, and the larger 1983 composition.


Loren Connors & Jim O'Rourke
Are You Going To Stop...In Bern?
(Hatology)

Second edition of these 1997 recordings from guitarists Lorren Connors and Jim O'Rourke, sparse western-flavored playing with an experimental side that never loses sight of melodicism.


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