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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
February 4, 2016
"When a man plays an instrument, he plays his mind."
-Alan Silva

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Ambiances Magnetiques
Astral Spirits
Clean Feed
Creative Sources
Edition Rz

Improvising Beings
Light in the Attic
Music a la Coque
Red Toucan
Tapu Record

      Creative Artists

• Michel Banbila
• Bennani /
     Silva /
     Greene /
• The Disguises
     (Thomson /
     Caloia /
        Charuest /
     Hood /
• Harris Eisenstadt
• Gabriele Emde
• Ensemble SuperMusique
• Jad Fair /
     Strobe Talbot
• Fred Frith /
     Darren Johnston
• Keiko Higuchi
• Junji Hirose /
     Kazuhisa Uchihashi
• Dre Hocevar
• Clara Iannotta
• Icepick
     (Nate Wooley,
     Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten,
     Chris Corsano)
• Left Exit
     (Feat Michael Duch /
     Klaus Holm)


• Joe McPhee
• Oberg /
     Schubert /
     De Joode /
• Tellef Ogrim /
     Anders Berg
• Protean Reality
• Renku
• Rodrigues /
     Dorner /
     Torres /
• Silke Rollig /
     Burton Greene
• This Heat
• This Heat
• Roger Turner /
     Otomo Yoshihide
• Roger Turner /
     Satoh Masahiko /
     Otomo Yoshihide
• Vorfeld /
     Scott /
• Ute Wassermann /
     Birgit Ulher
• Otomo Yoshihide

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  Squidco's Volume Discount

This weekend save by buying more! Buy any 3 vinyl LPs or any 5 CDs and take 10% off the price of each. But Hurry, this sale ends Sunday, February 7th at midnight!

Sale ends Sunday, Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 23:59 EST. Customer must buy 3 or more CDs or 5 or more LPs, or both, to receive the discount. In stock items only. Discount applied at checkout time. Eligible discounted items will receive Squidco Reward Points.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Bennani / Silva / Greene / Henderson: Free Form Improvisation Ensemble 2013
(Improvising Beings)

Instant compositions live at Sunset in Paris, 2013 from the quartet of Burton Greene on piano & percussion, Alan Silva on synthesizer, Adelhai Bennani on tenor sax, and Chris Henderson on electronic drums, an essential update from a trailblazing band that started in 1964.
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Disguises, The (Thomson / Caloia / Charuest / Hood / Tanguay): Songs 7 Dances from The Muted Note
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Eleven songs by Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson, settings of poems by P.K. Page (1916-2010), one of Canada's distinguished literary figures, in a band with Pierre Tanguay on drums, Yves Charuest on sax, Nicolas Caloia on double bass, and Susanna Hood on vocals.
Squidco Pick

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Eisenstadt, Harris : Old Growth Forest
(Clean Feed)

New York drummer Harris Eisenstadt revives his trio with trombonist Jeb Bishop and bassist Jason Roebke, adding tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, recording in the studio after two concerts at John Zorn's venue The Stone in 2015, heard in here in momentous and heartfelt jazz.
Squidco Pick

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Ensemble SuperMusique: Les accords intuitifs
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Montreal's most creative large ensemble, led by Joane Hetu & Daniell Palardy Roger, in their 5th release presenting works composed between 1976-2015 featuring twenty musicians playing in different combinations, showing the creative breadth and skills of this amazing band.
Squidco Pick

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Frith, Fred / Darren Johnston: Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
(Clean Feed)

Bay Area trumpeter Darren Johnston meets improvising guitar legend Fred Frith for an incredibly well-paced series of duos, remarkable improv that uses space, skill, extended techniques and unexpected approaches to both instruments in vivid and beautiful discourse.
Squidco Pick

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Higuchi, Keiko: Between Dream And Haze
(Improvising Beings)

Free jazz vocal improvisation from Keiki Higuchi in a quartet with drummer Tatsuya Nakatani, bassist Luis Inage, and guitarist Masami Kawaguchi, creating an hallucinatory sound of unusual techniques and hazy vocal implications, revealing layers with each listen.
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Hirose, Junji / Kazuhisa Uchihashi: Saxophonedaxophone

Saxophonist Junji Hirose met Kazuhisa Uchihashi at Foxhole in Kichijoji in 2014 and 2015, Uchihashi performing only on Hans Reichel's daxophone--wood shapes played in a variety of ways to create unusual sound--as heard on these 10 surprising and wonderfully idiosyncratic recordings.
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Hocevar, Dre : Collective Effervescence
(Clean Feed)

Freely improvised collective with an electroacoustic inclination and chamber music reserve from the quintet of Dre Hoceva (drums), Bran De Looze (piano), Lester St. Louis (cello), Chris Pitsiokos (sax) and Philip White (electronics & signal processing).
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Icepick (Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten & Chris Corsano): Amaranth [VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE]
(Astral Spirits)

Nate Wooley (trumpet), Chris Corsano (percussion) and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (bass) recording in Austin, TX for their first proper release as Icepick, 3 tracks of powerfully creative and downright smoldering modern jazz using exceptional skill and passion.
Squidco Pick

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Left Exit (Feat Michael Duch / Klaus Holm): Mr. K [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

This progressive/folk/jazz/improv/experimental/psych quartet from Norway covers a diverse set of approaches to improvisation, from textural, minimalistic and radically abstract, like something AMM would play, using graphic and written notation.
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McPhee, Joe : Zurich 1979 [1-SIDED VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE]
(Astral Spirits)

Originally recorded to cassette tape (in Zurich, in 1979) this one-sided 180Gm LP restores and remasters this amazing 20 minute solo, a tour-de-force of tenor sax starting from the mouthpiece and bell and working into a fully formed and remarkable journey of method and music.
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The French trio of Xavier Camarasa on piano, Valentin Ceccaldi on cello, and Sylvain Darrifourcq on percussion, having little to do with Mile Davis, but instead a creative band using timbral changes, intensity, density, volume to create unique improv environments.
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Oberg / Schubert / De Joode / Sanders: Rope
(Red Toucan)

Soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert and pianist Uwe Oberg have played together since 2009; for ROPE they are joined by UK drummer Mark Sanders and Amsterdam bassist Wilbert de Joode for a diverse and astounding live set performed at Just Music Fest in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2015.
Squidco Pick

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Ogrim, Tellef / Anders Berg: Kume

The second album from the duo collaboration of acoustic and electric bassist Anders Berg and guitarist Tellef Ogrim on fretted and unfretted standard and baritone guitars, a Hadron Particle synthesizer, and other instruments, merging rock, jazz and other groove oriented styles.
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Protean Reality: Protean Reality
(Clean Feed)

Hard driving free jazz and hard bop from the German trio of Chris Pitsioko on alto sax, Noah Punkt on electric bass, and Philipp Scholz on drums and percussion, referencing the past with their foot clearly in the present through propulsive and creatively heavy playing.
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Renku: Live in Greenwich Village
(Clean Feed)

A live recording at Greenwich House Music School in New York City in 2014, and the 3rd album from the Renku trio of Michael Attias on alto sax, John Hebert on double bass, and Satoshi Takeishi on drums, lyrical and intimate trio work from three masterful players.
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Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Fragenheim: Nor
(Creative Sources)

The freely improvising quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues, Axel Dorner, Nuno Torres and Alexander Frangenheim recorded this beautiful album of dark sound in Germany in 2014, 3 movements of understated dialog using unexpected techniques in a subtle dialog.
Squidco Pick

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Rollig, Silke / Burton Greene: Space Is Still The Place
(Improvising Beings)

New York free jazz pianist Burton Greene and free jazz vocalist Silke Rollig recorded these thirteen improvisations at The Loft in Koln, Germany in 2013, a mix of lyrical free playing with scat and freeform vocals, accompanied by flute, and by sax, on one piece each.
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Turner, Roger / Otomo Yoshihide: Live at SuperDeluxe

UK free improvising percussionist Roger Turner in a duo with Japanese creative improviser Otomo Yoshihide on guitar, performing live at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe in 2015, two sets of dynamic and demanding improvisation, from near silence to driving rhythm and noise.
Squidco Pick

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Turner, Roger / Satoh Masahiko / Otomo Yoshihide: Live at Hall Egg Farm

During legendary UK free improvising drummer Roger Turner's 2015 tour of Japan he met with guitarist Otomo Yoshihide and pianist Satoh Masahiko to record this monumental and astounding 66 minute improvisation at Fukaya City's Hall Egg Farm.
Squidco Pick

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Vorfeld / Scott / Gratkowski: Sieben Entruckte Lieder
(Creative Sources)

The trio of Frank Gratkowski on clarinets and alto sax, Michael Vorfeld on percussion, and Richard Scott on modular synthesizer, also known as Spectre, freely improvising in dramatic and generally reserved ways, intently focusing on sound and interchange.
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Wassermann, Ute / Birgit Ulher: Radio Tweet
(Creative Sources)

The long-standing duo of trumpeter Birgit Uhler, also on radio, speaker & objects, and free improvising vocalist Ute Wasserman, in an album of 8 unbelievable improvisations of a unique and sometimes bizarre character, holding one's attention from its outlandish nature--superb!
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Banbila, Michel: Tapu Sampler 2016
(Tapu Record)

Michel Banabila's excellent melodically experimental electroacoustic label Tapu in their 2016 double CD sampler, with tracks from Banabila, Asid & Banabila, Banabila & Van Geel, Banabila & Machinefabriek, Banabila & Erker, and Banabila/Erker/Samson.
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Yoshihide, Otomo: Guitar Solo 2015 RIGHT

The complement to his "Guitar Solo "RIGHT", Otomo Yoshihide recorded 123 structured guitar improvisations on Masayuki Takayanagi's 1963 Gibson, then gave them to Akihiko Matsumoto who fed them into software he developed to play them back using a set of intelligent rules.
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Fair, Jad / Strobe Talbot: Hunger
(Music a la Coque)

Jad Fair, vocalist and mastermind of Half Japanese, with the band Strobe Talbot (Nick Hobbs, Beng Gallaher, Andy Fisher), in a 33 rpm postcard flexi record of a song titled "Hunger", a limited and numbered edition of 250 copies with artwork from Jad Fair himself.
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This Heat : Health And Efficiency [VINYL REISSUE]
(Light in the Attic)

A 2-song EP from 1980 from This Heat (Charles Hayward, Charles Bullen, Gareth Williams), the middle album from their original set of 3 releases, presenting two epic tracks: one based around a pulse, and the other left to the listener to determine the playback speed; an astonishing release.
Squidco Pick

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This Heat: Deceit [VINYL REISSUE]
(Light in the Attic)

This Heat (Charles Hayward, Charles Bullen, Gareth Williams) "Deceit" expands on the band's amazing mixture of avant/prog rock, sonic and electronic experimentation, tape collage, and other inexplicable elements, a monumental album that still sounds ahead of its time today.
Squidco Pick

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This Heat: This Heat [VINYL REISSUE]
(Light in the Attic)

An impressive and unprecedented achievement in rock composition, This Heat's first album blends sonic work with avant rock, drawing liberally from no wave, punk, progressive, and more, influencing a generation and producing some of rock and improv's finest players.
Squidco Pick

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Emde, Gabriele : Die Natur der Klange: Neue Musik fur Harfe
(Edition Rz)

Harpist Gabriele Emde began performing contemporary music by exceptional 20th century artists in the early 80s; in this collection recorded from 1985 to 1987 she presents one of Cage's "Landscape" pieces, a major work by Hans Otte, and several short pieces by Lou Harrison.
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Iannotta, Clara : A Failed Entertainment. Works 2009-2014
(Edition Rz)

Works from Italian composer Clare Iannotta recorded from 2012 - 2014, including a work for string quartet composed for the DAAD artist-in-Berlin program titled "A Failed Entertainment" commissioned by Quaturo Diotima; plus 6 works for contemporary ensembles.
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We're never quite caught up with new releases that constantly come in our door, and we don't like to rush a release to our homepage. That said, the following releases have already been stocked at Squidco, and are able to be ordered. In most cases we have images, often have samples, and some basic description of each release. You can always see the latest new releases by checking our Just In Stock Section.


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Loges De Souffle

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(Collection QB)

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