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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
March 16, 2018

"I think if anybody can make some sort of positive sounds,
it's singing"
—Phil Minton

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Art Yard
Black Truffle
Creative Sources
Empty Editions

White Centipede Noise

      Creative Artists
• Bailey, Derek & Company
• Bistre (Muller / Rodrigues / Wong)
• Loren Connors
• Rohan Drape / Anthony Pateras
• Max Eastley / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop
• Golden Oriole
• Jean-Luc Guionnet / Daichi Yoshikawa
• Kang Hwan Tae
• Jeph Jerman
• Loubatiere / Warnecke
• Finn Loxbo / Erik Blennow Calalv
• Phil Maguire / James L. Malone
• Phil Minton / Roger Turner
• Stephen O'Malley / Anthony Pateras
• Matthew Shipp
• Matthew Shipp Quartet
• Sun Ra & His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra
• Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Bailey, Derek & Company: Klinker [2 CDs]

Derek Bailey's Company in recordings from 2000 at The Klinker in London, with four performers--Bailey on guitar, Simon H. Fell on double bass, Mark Wastell on violincello, and Will Gaines tap dancing--the concert presenting various permutations of these musicians improvising, with narrations from Bailey, Fell, Wastell and Gaines punctuating the recordings.
Squidco Pick

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Bistre (Muller / Rodrigues / Wong): As We Read Along...
(Creative Sources)

A trio of free improvisers recording five detailed and subdued dialogs in the studio, from trombonist Matthias Muller (Splitter Orchester), cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, and guitarist Eric Wong, collective improvisation guided by long pointillistic passages that converge into lyrical focal points, a profound example of concentrative discourse.
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Eastley, Max / Steve Beresford / Paul Burwell / David Toop: Whirled Music [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)

Remastering a singular album of joyfully disruptive free improv recorded in England in 1979 at Ikon Gallery from the quartet of Max Eastley, Steve Beresford, Paul Burwell, and David Toop, their goal: to create music from instruments and objects that would be whirled to produce sound, performed behind a net and played with masks to protect the performers and audience.
Squidco Pick

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Hwan, Kang Tae : Live at Cafe Amores

Korean free saxophonist Kang Tae Hwan recorded this album of sincere and satisfying solo improvisations in 1995 at Cafe Amores, in Hofu, Yamaguchi, Japan, two decades after forming his first free jazz trio of experimental improvisations, demonstrating powerful technical skills and a unique voice on the sax; a long-overdue distillation of his music.
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Hwan, Kang Tae: Live at Cafe Amores [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
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IKB: Apteryx Mantelli
(Creative Sources)

IKB continue their series of albums graced with taxonomic latin names for animals, here with the North Island brown kiwi bird, as the string- and wind-heavy electroacoustic ensemble led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues present this extended improvisation of subtle motion and understated complexity live at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal in 2017.
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Loxbo, Finn / Erik Blennow Calalv : Snow Country
(Creative Sources)

A duo between Swedish guitarist Finn Loxbo (Fire! Orchestra) and bass clarinetist Erik Blennow Calalv, in a low-key, moody and tranquil album of improvisations with titles implying their unhurried approach to their dialog--"Clouds", "Moving, Dancing", and "Ryoanji"-- making a beautiful album of nearly ambient but decidedly determined music.
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Maguire, Phil / James L. Malone: Working Title

Phil Maguire (Verz label) exchanges abstract electronics from a variety of lo-fi devices with glitch and aberrant guitarist James L. Malone, a London improviser who has worked with Eddie Prevost, Phil Durrant, Steve Beresford and Adam Bohman, as the two trade strange sonic disruptions, avoiding pandemonium, instead using noise in pointed discourse.
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Minton, Phil / Roger Turner: Scraps Of Heard

London Free Improv Scene long-standing members, vocalist Phil Minton and drummer/percussionist Roger Turner's first album together, "Ammo", was released in 1984; the two have continued to perform and record together, and this live recording from 2016 in Hanover, Germany shows the two continuing to create distinctly bizarre and wonderfully personal dialog unlike any other.
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Shipp, Matthew Quartet: Sonic Fiction

Focusing on sound, warmth and exploration, pianist Matthew Shipp leads his quartet with saxophonist and clarinetist Mat Walerian, bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey through 10 tracks that explore a diverse set of moods and styles, allowing each player room for expressive solos, while never leaving the jazz and blues behind in this beautifully paced album.
Squidco Pick

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Shipp, Matthew: Zer0 aka Zero [2 CDs]

New York pianist Shipp extends his infrequent solo career with this set of eleven solid studio recordings, taking us into the inner working of the influential pianist's approach to improvisation through lyrical, structured, enigmatic and unusual approaches to the keyboard; the first CD pressings include an hour talk "On Nothingness" that Shipp gave at The Stone.
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Sun Ra & His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra: Sun Embassy [VINYL WITH DOWNLOAD]

Recordings from Sun Studios made between 1968-1969 with Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra including Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Daddy Davis, Ray Thompson, Danny Davis, &c. in nine tracks, six of which have never been heard before in any form, plus remasters on 1950s classics "Sunology" and "Ancient Aiethiopia", plus an early rendition of "Why Go To The Moon".
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Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Sleeping Beauty [VINYL]
(Art Yard)

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, with Sun Ra on piano, electric piano and organ, the Arkestra propelled by the drumming of Luqman Ali over a full band with Craig Harris, Michael Ray, Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Ray Thompson, &c &c.
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Drape, Rohan / Anthony Pateras: Ellesmere

A founder of the Slave Pianos collective and co-organizer of the Inland Concert Series, Australian computer and synth artist Rohan Drap joins keyboardist Anthony Pateras for an extended exploration of interlocking vintage electric organs, allowing their tones and timbres to interact in microtonal richness as they create tonal environments and gradually unfolding progressions.
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Guionnet, Jean-Luc / Daichi Yoshikawa: Intervivos [VINYL]
(Empty Editions)

Recording at Empty Gallery in Hong Kong during a week residency, the duo Jean-Luc Guionnet (Ames Room) on saxophone and Daichi Yoshikawa (Eddie Prevost) using self-developed feedback of speakers, contact microphones & found objects, create intense yet constrained improvisations of impressive control, technique and exotic soundscape.
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Jerman, Jeph : The Bray Harp
(White Centipede Noise)

Aural explorer Jeph Jerman reworks 20 years of source material into this large work of recurring sound, obscuring sources in a rugged mill that turns its sonic grist into a mesmerizing flow of ringing tones and resolute grit, constructed from Jerman's own recordings and tapes from Eric La Casa and Oskar Burmmel, and metal & wood from Ben Brucato.
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Loubatiere / Warnecke: Couleurs Chimeriques

An album of rich aural environments contrasted with clamorous action and disintegrating sound from the duo of French percussionist Rodolphe Loubatiere performing on snare drum and Berlin-based sound sculptor Pierce Warnecke, their second album as a duo presenting a sophisticated and diverse set of compositions that both entrance and disrupt their listeners.
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O'Malley, Stephen / Anthony Pateras: Reve Noir

Pianist Anthony Pateras and guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))) performed a concert in 2011 at Instants Chavires in 2011, which they took into the studio to deconstruct and recompose on 1/4 inch tape, creating a compelling landscape of fractured musique concrete, introspective meditations, electro-acoustic textures and heavy guitar; includes a 20 page interview with O'Malley.
Squidco Pick

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Connors, Loren: Pretty As Ever [VINYL]

The Recital label continues its Loren Conners editions/reissue series with their 4th album of the guitarist's music, collecting and remastering tracks from out of print albums "Sails" and "Little Match Girl" in an album of ballads, complemented with a 12-page art-booklet of previously unpublished illustrations by Conners himself.
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Golden Oriole: Golden Oriole

Rough and ready, angular instrumental rock from this Stavanger, Norway-based instrumental duo of Kristoffer Riis on guitar and Thore Warland on drums, two parts of the power-trio Staer, here creating a massive dose of momentum as they push heavy rhythmic riffs with odd tonality and a great sheen of prickly effect layers in a compelling and muscular album.
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Love, Approximately
(Bad Architect Records)

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Bear Brother
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777+2 Per Aspera ad Astra
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Oh My, Those Boys!

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Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Frangenheim:
(Creative Sources)

uentin Rollet / Jean-Marc Foussat / Christian Rollet:
Entree Des Puys De Grele
(Fou Records)

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Wasteland Jazz Unit:
Attuned To Ruin [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Ame Zek:
First Bow
(Creative Sources)


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