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April 14, 2017
"It's only after dissolving this attachment to being good
that one can be successful in doing the work of developing one's own,
original voice as an improviser."
-Daniel Levin

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Delmark
Discus
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FMR
Fou Records
Ictus

    
Ideologic Organ
KARLRECORDS
Leo
Pi Recordings
Rune Grammofon
TAIGA
Trost Records
Zeitkratzer

 
      Creative Artists
    
• Archer / Clark / Grew / Hunter
• Ballister
• Anthony Braxton
• Antoine Chessex / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger
• Jean-Marc Foussat / Jean-Luc Petit
• Gratkowski Quartet, Frank
• Jon Irabagon / John Hegre / Nils Are Dronen
• Daniel Levin / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Chris Corsano
• Fred Lonberg-Holm / Adam Golebiewski
• Tatsuya Nakatani
• The Necks
• Miles Okazaki
• Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere
• Evan Parker / Andrea Centazzo
• Evan Parker / John Edwards / Steve Noble
• Evan Parker / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor
• Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver
• Zeitkratzer



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Squidco FMR $11.95 Sale

This weekend we're offering all pre-2017 single-CD releases from The UK's long-standing and vital improvisation label FMR for just $11.95 each! That's a savings of $3 per title, and if you buy 3 or more releases from our anywhere in our store we'll ship them to you for free. Sale price FMRs will also count towards your Squidco Reward Points. But hurry, because this sale ends Sunday, April 16th!



In-stock items only. Sold out items will disappear from store. Orders must be placed through our shopping cart. Price shown is discounted price. Sale ends Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. While quantities last.





   Jazz & Improvisation

Archer / Clark / Grew / Hunter: Felicity's Ultimatum
(Discus)


The 2nd release in a new series of small groups drawn from members of the Discus Music family, where the group meets, writes, rehearses and records in one single session, here developing ten compositions from all four players edited into a continuous sequence of structure and improvisation, embracing melody, texture and pure abstraction.
   
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

 
Ballister: Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]
(Dropa Disc)


One of the super-groups of free improvisation, colliding elements of jazz, rock, ea-improv and beyond, the Ballister trio of Chicago stalwarts Dave Rempis (sax) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) are captured live at the Oorstof concert series in De Studio, Antwerp, presenting the concert in a limited, combined vinyl LP and DVD release.
 
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $26.95      Listen          

 
Braxton, Anthony: 3 Compositions Of New Jazz [VINYL]
(Delmark)


Anthony Braxton's first album as a leader, recorded in 1968 with Braxton performing on sax, clarinet, flute, bagpipes, accordion, bells & snare, in the company of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and violinist Leroy Jenkins, each taking on a variety of instruments as well.
   
     Buy      $19.45      Listen          

 
Foussat, Jean-Marc / Jean-Luc Petit: ...D'Ou Vient La Lumiere !
(Fou Records)


A wonderfully eccentric, complex and surprising set of extended improvisations between French clarinetist & saxophonist Jean-Luc Petit and synth and electronics artist Jean-Marc Foussat, ranging from intensive and detailed interactions to beautiful soundscapes, as the two show great compatibility and intent in their approach to free-form improvisation.
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
Gratkowski Quartet, Frank: Spectral Reflections
(Leo)


A live recording in 2001 at Germany's The Loft from saxophonist & clarinetist Frank Gratkowski and his quartet with Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Dieter Manderscheid on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on drums, a superb example of the saxophonist's stature in the free improvising community, and the outstanding players he associates with.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Irabagon, Jon / John Hegre / Nils Are Dronen: Axis [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)


Saxophonist Jon Irabagon continues his trajectory in creative new jazz with the release of this trio album with drummer Nils Are Dronen and guitarist John Hegre, recorded live in Berlin at N.K., and in Fukuoka, Japan at New Combo, each track an extended improvisation balancing beautiful tonal work with informed and aggressive interaction.
   
     Buy      $25.95      Listen          

 
Levin, Daniel / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Chris Corsano: Spinning Jenny
(Trost Records)


Three innovative improvisers, Daniel Levin on cello, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums, in a studio album of collective free playing that's traverses both ferocious and introspective aspects of their dialog with tremendous technical skill and wonderful creative strategies.
   
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

 
Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Adam Golebiewski: Relephant
(Bocian)


Chicago free improvising cellist and electronicist Fred Lonberg-Holm and Poznan, Germany drummer, having worked together in larger group settings, met as a duo at MDK Dragon Club in Ponzan to record these four far-ranging improvisations of unusual textures, rhythms and sonic interactions.
   
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

 
Nakatani, Tatsuya: Nakatani Gong Orchestra [CASSETTE]
(TAIGA)


Excerpts from drummer/percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani's 2012 Taiga release on cassette, presenting pieces from his Gong Orchestra project, where Nakatani takes his large collection of gongs on the road and teaches members of the community how to bow, strike, and follow his conduction, creating an amazing ritual of sound.
   
     Buy      $7.95          

 
Necks, The: Unfold [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Ideologic Organ)


Four side-long improvisations from the Australian trio of Chris Abrahams on piano, Tony Buck on drums, and Lloyd Swanton on bass, each side a masterpiece of slowly transpiring and evolving music, unhurriedly expanding each track to reveal tension and allure.
 
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

 
Okazaki, Miles: Trickster
(Pi Recordings)


Intricate interplay in modern jazz from guitarist Miles Okazaki in a quartet with fellow New Yorkers Craig Taborn on piano, Anthony Tidd on bass, and Sean Rickman on drums--Tidd and Rickman his compatriots in Steve Coleman and Five Elements--performing Okazaki's playfully complex and innovative compositions that drive some serious grooves.
 
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Evan / Andrea Centazzo : Duets 71977
(Ictus)


Bringing to light an excellent concert from 1977 in San Marcello, Portugal, and studio recordings at Ictus Studio, Pistoia, Italy from the same year, between UK free improvising master saxophonist Evan Parker on soprano & tenor, and Italian percussionist Andrea Centazzo on drums, percussion, and electronics.
   
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

 
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Steve Noble : PEN
(Dropa Disc)


Bringing together three leaders from the UK free jazz scene, the new trio of Evan Parker on tenor sax, Steve Noble on drums & percussion, and John Edwards on double bass present a masterful album drawing from the roots of free improvisation in playing that rises and recedes like a tidal force, captured live at the Oorstof concert series in Antwerp.
 
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Evan / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor: Live From Cafe Oto
(FMR)


London's Cafe Oto organized a reunion of String Thing, guitarist Ian Brighton's project with violinist Phillip Wachsmann, bassist Marcio Mattos, & Trevor Taylor on percussion and electronics, adding guitarist John Russell and saxophonist Evan Parker, here capturing an impressive night of improv, and Brighton's first public appearance in nearly 40 years.
 
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Perelman, Ivo / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 6
(Leo)


The 6th and final volume of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman's ambitious series exploring modern free improvisation in a variety of trio setting with differing players and configurations, here with Joe Morris on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums in an extended and masterful 2-part recording that runs the gamut of lyrical and burning free jazz.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere: 02
(Discus)


An absolutely impressive album blending advanced/progressive rock forms with improvisation, starting from collective improvisation and layering in the studio to create a sophisticated psychedelic music, the second album from this ensemble that is headed by Martin Archer (reeds & keys), Chris Bywater (keys & synth), and Steve Dinsdale (drums & percussion).
 
Squidco Pick

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   Compositional

Chessex, Antoine / Apartment House / Jerome Noetinger: "Plastic Concrete" / "Accumulation"
(Bocian)


Two long-form compositions combining acoustic and electronic orchestration by Antoine Chessex, convoluted works that take unusual twists and turns from spirited interaction to beautiful sonic passages, performed at London's Cafe Oto by an ensemble including Dominic Lash, Andrew Sparling, Jerome Noetinger, &c.
   
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Zeitkratzer: Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2"
(Zeitkratzer)


The 20th anniversary of director Reinhold Friedl's Zeitkratzer ensemble, who have reinterpreted in surprising ways the music of a far-ranging and eclectic set of composers and performers, as they take on the innovative electronic rock band Kraftwerk in six interpretations from their first two albums.
   
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Zeitkratzer: Performs Songs From The Albums "Kraftwerk" And "Kraftwerk 2" [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(KARLRECORDS)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
   
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

 


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Goncalo Almeida / Rodrigo Amado / Marco Franco:
The Attic
(NoBusiness)

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(NoBusiness)

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(Recollection GRM)

Bertrand Gauguet :
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(Monotype)

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(Fou Records)

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Bill Nace / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty:
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(NoBusiness)

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