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October 23, 2014
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-Steve Lacy

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Ayler
Black Truffle
Centering Records
Confront
Cuneiform
Delmark
Emanem
Eremite
FMR
KarlRecords

    
Katalyst
Laminal
Magaibutsu
Mikroton Recordings
Relative Pitch
Room40
Touch
Tzadik
Zeitkratzer

 
      Creative Artists
    

• Joshua Abrams
• Acid Mothers Temple
     SWR
• Jason Adasiewicz's
     Sun Rooms
• Tony Bianco
• Angelica Castello
     Billy Roisz
     Burkhard Stangl
     Dieb13
• Ethnic Heritage
     Ensemble
• Fennesz
• Alexandra Grimal
     Giovanni Di Domenico
• Keiji Haino
     Jim O'Rourke
     Oren Ambarchi
• Mary Halvorson
• Ideal Bread
     (Stinton
     Knuffke
     Hopkins
     Fujiwara)
• Steve Lacy
• Joelle Leandre
     Michael Duch
• Rick Lopez
• Rob Mazurek &
     Black Cube SP
     featuring Sao Paulo
     Underground)
• Louis Moholo
     Frode Gjerstad
• NG4 Quartet
     (Keith Rowe
     Anthony Taillard
     Emmanuel Leduc
     Julien Ottavi)


      

• Richard Pinhas
     Oren Ambarchi
• Richard Pinhas
     Yoshida Tatsuya
• Anthony Pirog
      (Michael Formanek
     and Ches Smith)
• Roberto Rodiriguez
     Zorn, John
• Keith Rowe
     Alfredo Costa Monteiro
     Ilia Belorukov
     Kurt Liedwart
• Paul Rutherford Trio
• The Sealed Knot
• David Shea
• Shetland Improvisers
     Orchestra
• David Smith
     Bill Laswell
     John Zorn
• Spontaneous Music
     Ensemble
• Triac (Tatone
     Seracini
     Polidoro)
• Kazuhisa Uchihashi
     Noid
     Tamara Wilhelm
• Mark Wastell
• Zeitkratzer
     Keiji Haino
• John Zorn



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   Jazz & Improvisation

Abrams, Joshua: Natural Information
(Eremite)


Joshua Abrams (Town & Country, Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor, &c) in an infectious groove-based album built around the guimbri, a 3-stringed animal hide bass used by the Gnawa of North Africa, with a bonus 20 minutes of material not included in the LP.
   
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

 
Adasiewicz's, Jason Sun Rooms: From The Region
(Delmark)


Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms explores the sparse territory of the vibraphone trio with fellow Chicago player Mike Reed on drums and Texan via Norway bassist Ingrebrigt Haker-Flaten replacing Nate McBrite; tasteful and lyrical jazz with a modern edge.
   
     Buy      $14.45      Listen          

 
Bianco, Tony: Utoma Quartet
(FMR)


Borrowing from Elvin Jones' concepts, drummer Bianco's band uses 2 saxophones (Mike Fletcher and Mark Hanslip), bass (Colin Somervell) and drums, for energetic and ecstatic jazz compositions creating a continual pulse with long lines and looped synchronicity.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Castello, Angelica / Billy Roisz / Burkhard Stangl / Dieb13: Scuba
(Mikroton Recordings)


A large improvised work from the quartet of Angelica Castello (amplified subcontrabass, paetzold recorder and electronic devices, Billy Roisz (electronics), Burkhard Stangl (electric guitar) and Dieb13 (turntables & klopfer) performing live at Alte Schmiede Wien, Austria in 2013.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Black Is Back - 40th Anniversary Project
(KATALYST )


Percussionist Kahil El' Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with Ernest Khabeer Dawkins on saxophone and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, referencing the history of jazz in contemporary settings, with superb rhythmic textures and excellent soloing.
 
Squidco Pick

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Grimal, Alexandra / Giovanni Di Domenico: Chergui [2 CDs]
(Ayler)


Saxophonist Alexandra Grimal recorded this double CD with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico a the Theatre Du Chatelet, in Paris, France, for adventurous dialog in a dynamic set of original Di Domenico compositions plus freely improvised work, both duo and solo.
   
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

 
Halvorson, Mary: Reverse Blue
(Relative Pitch)


Guitarist Mary Halvorson's project with Chris Speed on sax & clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums, a band formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in NYC, that continued on based on the strength of the bond between them, as heard on this superb release.
 
Squidco Pick

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Ideal Bread (Stinton / Knuffke / Hopkins / Fujiwara): Beating the Teens [2 CDs]
(Cuneiform)


The 3rd album NYC's Steve Lacy repertory band Ideal Bread led by John Sinton (baritone saxophone) with Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Adam Hopkins (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) in a double CD recomposing Lacy's "Scratching The Seventies / Dreams" in unique and fascinating ways.
   
     Buy      $20.95      Listen          

 
Lacy, Steve: Cycles (1976-80) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)


Solo saxophone performances of three of Steve Lacy's cycles--"Shots", "Sands", and "Hedges"--recorded in concert and in the studio in the late 70's and 1980, with the majority of the material previously unreleased; thoughtful, technical, lyrical, astounding music from a true master!
   
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

 
Lacy, Steve: School Days (1960/3)
(Emanem)


Presenting a 1963 gig by the quartet of Steve Lacy (saxophone), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Dennis Charles (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass), playing piano-less interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk; plus Lacy with the Monk Quintet live in Philadelphia, 1960.
 
Squidco Pick

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Leandre, Joelle / Michael Duch: (Live at) Gramolna
(Confront)


Two double bass players--Joelle Leandre and Michael Duch--performed as a duo live in at nyMusikk in Oslo, then recorded this album of freely improvised bass interactions the next day in the studio at Gramolna in Trondheim; dark and commanding explorations of deep strings.
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground): Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost
(Cuneiform)


Two weeks after the passing of his mother to cancer, cornetist Rob Mazurek and his Black Cube sextet recorded this profound album blending acoustic and electronics with intense spiritual and emotional energy, a fitting tribute that explores our connection to the next stage.
 
Squidco Pick

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Mazurek, Rob & Black Cube SP (featuring Sao Paulo Underground): Return The Tides: Ascension Suite And Holy Ghost [VINYL]
(Cuneiform)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
 
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $32.95      Listen          

 
Moholo, Louis / Frode Gjerstad: Sult
(FMR)


Norwegian reedist Frode Gjerstad in three extended duos with legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo for sensitive, creative and engaging freely improvised music from two masters, performed live in concert at Gallery Sult in Stavanger, 2013.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi): A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)


Keith Rowe, Anthony Taillard, Emmanuel Leduc and Julien Ottavi perform on electric guitars and electronics, following a score of 9 sections worked out between them for over a year before recording these six improvisations.
   
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Pirog, Anthony (with Michael Formanek and Ches Smith): Palo Colorado Dream
(Cuneiform)


Washington, DC guitarist and electronic artist Anthony Pirog's trio with Michael Formanek on bass and Ches Smith on drums in his debut album, blending acoustic playing with electronics in immersive songs of soundscape and strong technical skills in 11 cathartic songs.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Rodiriguez, Roberto / Zorn, John: Aguares: The Book Of Angels Volume 23
(Tzadik)


Drummer Roberto Rodriguez interprets John Zorn's "Book of Angels" in this 23rd volume from the series, recording in Israel with a wonderfully compelling ensemble emphasizing both rhythmic and melodic elements in nine exciting compositions.
 
Squidco Pick

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Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart: Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)


Two recordings from spina!studio in St. Petersburg during the Teni Zvuka 2013 Festival, one a duo btween Keith Rowe and Alfredo Costa Monteiro, and the other filling out to a quartet with Ilia Belorukov and Kurt Liedwart; detailed interactions with impressive restraint.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Rutherford, Paul Trio: Gheim - live at Bracknell 1983
(Emanem)


A short-lived improvising trio led by Paul Rutherford (trombonist) with Paul Rogers (double bass) and Nigel Morris (drums) performing live in 1983, originally issued on cassette on the Ogun label, here with more than 24 minutes of additional studio material.
   
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

 
Sealed Knot, The: Surface/Plane
(Confront)


Listed as one of The Wire's Top 10 Improvised Music Records in 2003, this reissue of The Sealed Knots Meniscus release presents two live 2001 concerts in the UK from the subtlely sophisticated trio of UK & Berlin artists Mark Wastell, Burkhard Beins, and Rhodri Davies.
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
Shetland Improvisers Orchestra: First Steps
(FMR)


The 1st release from this collective directed by Raymond MacDonald on sax and George Burt on drums (GIO), presenting work from workshop sessions and a complete set from the 2012 Glasgow Improvisers Festival, 6 unique and sometimes eccentric works, including a piece for Lol Coxhill.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Oliv & Familie (1968-9)
(Emanem)


Reissuing the 3rd release from drummer John Steven's Spontaneous Music Ensemble with 31 minutes of previously unissued material, with participants including Derek Bailey, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Dave Holland, Maggie Nichols, Trevor Watts, Johnny Dyani, &c &c.
 
Squidco Pick

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Uchihashi, Kazuhisa / Noid / Tamara Wilhelm: I Hope It Doesn't Work
(Mikroton Recordings)


Three unusual voices in electroacoustic improv from Uchihashi Kazuhisa on guitar and daxaophone, Tamara Wilhelm on DIY electronics, and Noid on cell, recorded at two concerts: Kleylehof/Nickelsdorf in 2011; and festival Konfrontationen 2013.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Wastell, Mark: Caressed On The Brow By Unseen Hands
(Confront)


This long overdue re-issue celebrates the unique encounter of eleven like-minded musicians from Japan, England, Wales, Germany, Basque Country & Norway, brought together in the studio for one day only for this daytime recording session followed by an evening concert.
   
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   Experimental/Electronic

Fennesz: Venice [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Touch)


Special 10th anniversary edition of Fennesz' classic "Venice" album from 2004 recorded with David Sylvian on vocals and Burkhard Stangl on guitar, presented in a gatefold double LP release.
   
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

 
Pinhas, Richard / Oren Ambarchi: Tikkun [CD & DVD]
(Cuneiform)


Richard Pinhas of Helodon fame meets guitarist and sound artist Oren Ambarchi, Masami Akita (Merzbow) on loops, noise &effects, and Duncan Pinhas on sequencer, effects & noise, plus Eric Borelva for additional drums in a studio CD / live DVD 2 disc release.
   
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Pinhas, Richard / Yoshida Tatsuya: Welcome In The Void
(Cuneiform)


Electronics and guitar from French psychedelic rock legend Richard Pinhas (Heldon) merges with the percussion mastery of Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei and Korekyojinn) for a remarkable two part duo of sonic and percussive exchanges recorded in Paris and Tokyo.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Shea, David: Rituals
(Room40)


Electroacoustic composer and a former Downtown NY artist David Shea returns with a massive work of semiotic acoustic renderings based around ritual music, performed with Lawrence English and Robin Rimbaud, Oren Ambarchi, &c., a profound and massive work.
 
Squidco Pick

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Smith, David / Bill Laswell / John Zorn: The Dream Membrane
(Tzadik)


Bill Laswell on bass and drones and John Zorn on shofar and alto saxophone perform darkly evocative ambient music to readings by magus David Chaim Smith from selections of his mystical text "The Awakening Ground".
   
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Triac (Tatone / Seracini / Polidoro): In A Room
(Laminal)


Triac is an electronic music trio from Italy formed in the end of 2011 by Rossano Polidoro, Marco Seracini and Augusto Tatone, using laptop, fisa, electric bass, piano synth to investigate minimal ambient music.
   
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Acid Mothers Temple SWR: Yes, No & Perhaps
(Magaibutsu)


Acid Mother Temple SWR merge's AMT's Kawabata Kakoto (guitar, voice,) and Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, vocals, sax) with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei, &c), here in their 6th release, crazy prog-oriented rock of indescribable insanity and skill!
 
Squidco Pick

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Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)


The 5th release from the trio of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Keiji Haino, guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi on wineglass and percussion is an introspective and beautifully developed set recorded live at their March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe.
   
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

 
Zorn, John: Valentine's Day
(Tzadik)


John Zorn brings together Downtown New Yorkers, Marc Ribot on guitar, Trevor Dunn on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums, for 12 instrumental miniatures combining atonal lyricism with rock intensity; scronky, demanding and exciting hybrids of improv and rock.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Compositional

Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino: Zeitkratzer + Keiji Haino
(Zeitkratzer)


Keiji Haino collaborates with Reinhold Friedl's Zeitkratzer for their 2nd release, with Haino concentrating solely on his voice without electronic manipulation, in a live recording at Jahrehunderthalle in Bochum, Germany for a frightful mix of ferocious chamber music.
   
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

 
Zeitkratzer / Keiji Haino: Live At Jahrhunderthalle Bochum [VINYL]
(KARLRECORDS)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
   
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   Books & Magazines

Lopez, Rick: The William Parker Sessionography [BOOK]
(Centering Records)


Rick Lopez compiles a complete sessionography for the indefatigable New York bassist William Parker, an encyclopedic compilation of his work in a limited 8.5"x11" format, 482-page book.
   
     Buy      $49.95          






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 In Stock and Ready to Ship

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.



Abrams, Joshua:
Represencing
(Eremite)

BEFOREHAND (Lazaridou / Wastell):
Live at Hundred Years Gallery
(Confront)

Carnacki, Thomas / Vulcanus 68 ‎:
Split [VINYL]
(Alethiometer / Gigante)

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin:
The Russian Concerts Volume 1
(FMR)

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin:
The Russian Concerts Volume 2
(FMR)

Celer & Machinefabriek:
Numa / Penarie [VINYL 7-inch]
(Self Released)

Coleman, Ornette:
The Shape of Jazz to Come [VINYL]
(So Far Out)

Corner, Philip:
Satie Slowly [2 CDs]
(Unseen Worlds)

Davies, Angharad :
Six Studies
(Confront)

Deep Whole Trio (Dunmall / Rogers / Sanders):
That Deep Calling
(FMR)

Dikeman, John :
The Double Trio [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)

Doneda, Michel :
Everyone Digs Michel Doneda
(Relative Pitch)

Dumitrescu, Iancu / Ana-Maria Avram:
Paris-London (III), Spectrum XXI Festival
(Edition Modern)

Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Philip Gibbs:
The Clouds Turned Silver
(FMR)

Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe:
The Ravens Look
(FMR)

Gate, The (feat Tim Dahl / Nate Wooley):
Stench [VINYL]
(Smeraldina-Rima)

Icepick (Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten & Chris Corsano):
Hexane [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)

Illusion Of Safety:
Children Of The Fear Of Truth [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Jerman, Jeph:
Analog
(NO LABEL)

Jerman, Jeph:
Quo Modo Deum
(No Label)

Jones, Darius:
The Oversoul Manual
(Aum Fidelity)

Kellers, Will Quartet:
Life In A Black Box
(FMR)

Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola:
Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)

Lindsay, Arto & Paal Nilssen-Love:
Scarcity
(PNL)

Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad:
Life On Sandpaper
(FMR)

Murayama, Seijiro / Eric La Casa:
Paris: Public Spaces
(Ftarri/Swarming)

Nelson, Matt:
Lower Bottoms
(Tubapede)

Noyes, Lee:
Truth In Opposition [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Riverloam Trio:
Inem Gortn
(FMR)

Rosenqvist, Dag / Rutger Zuydervelt:
Vintermusik
(Zoharum)

Rubedo 'ro:
Rubedo 'ro
(Malasartes)

Supersilent:
12
(Rune Grammofon)

Udu Calls Trio feat. William Parker:
The Vancouver Tapes
(Long Song Records)

Univers Zero:
Relaps/Archives 1984-1986 [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Sub Rosa)

Various Artists:
Fluviology
(Runningonair Music)

Vincente / Pinheiro / Faustino / Franco:
Clocks And Clouds
(FMR)

Volkov, Ilan conducts Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu:
Hyperion International Ensemble
(Edition Modern)

Warren, Geoff:
The Quartet Album
(FMR)

Watts, Trevor:
Veracity
(FMR)

WHO Trio (Hemingway / Wintsch / Oester):
Zoo [2 CDS]
(Auricle)



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