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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
July 14, 2016
"Jazz is the type of music that can absorb so many things
and still be Jazz."
- Sonny Rollins

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Astral Spirits
Creative Sources

Edition Rz
Editions Mego
Holidays Records

      Creative Artists

• Anker /
      Lonberg-Holm & Jackson /
• Duck Baker
• Bi-Ki?
• Black Spirituals
• Peter Brotzmann /
      William Parker /
      Hamid Drake
• Peter Brotzmann /
      William Parker /
      Hamid Drake
• Kent Carter
• Chatoyant
• Luis Conde /
      Fabiana Galante /
      Frode Gjerstad
• Paul Dunmall /
      Philip Gibbs /
      Ashley John Young
• Christian Fennesz /
      Jim O' Rourke
• Christian Fennesz /
      Jim O'Rourke
• Frode Gjerstad /
      Ramiro Molina
• Rob Hall /
      Chick Lyall
• Robin Hayward


• In Love With
     (Ceccaldi /
      Ceccaldi /
• Stefan Keune /
      Lovens, Paul
• Louis Minus XVI
• Tony Marsh /
      Chefa Alonso
• Miimo
• Michael Moser
• Parak.eets
     (Ute Wassermann /
      Richard Scott /
      Emilio Gordoa)
• Krzysztof Penderecki /
      Eugeniusz Rudnik
• resAUnance
• Spontaneous Music
• Ghedalia Tazartes
• Thumbscrew
     (Halvorson /
      Formanek /
• Variable Geometry
• Trevor Watts /
      Stephen Grew

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Last week's Hat Hut sale saw almost half of the titles in the original 100 releases run out of stock. We discussed this with Hat Hut, explaining that with so many titles gone the requirement to buy 15 CDs was just too much... so they authorized us to reduce the sale requirement to 8 CDs with the same discount of 72.5% through the weekend!

Squidco Hat Hut Overstock Sale

Buy 8 single CDs from the sale and pay only $37.29, or $4.67 each!

It's still a great time to explore this legendary label's catalog, including hatOLOGY (for Jazz and related improvised music), hat[now]ART (to represent Contemporary Composition and New Music), and hatNOIR (to serve as a home for fresh, unpredictable, innovative, uncategorizable projects). But hurry, because some titles have limited quantities, and will disappear from the sale when they sell out!

Click here to see the Hat Hut Sale List

Selected Hat Hut titles, while quantities last. Customer must buy 8 titles from the sale to receive discount. Discount applied at checkout time. Hat Hut sale items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points. Hat Hut Overstock Sale ends Friday, July 17, 2016 at 23:59 EST.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Anker / Lonberg-Holm & Jackson / Serries: Two Duos [CASSETTE with download]
(Astral Spirits)

Two aspects of reed & string duos, side A presents Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with Danish/NY saxophonist Lotte Anker in 4 free improvisations of unusual technique; side B is UK saxophonist Dave Jackson & Dirk Serries on electric guitar for an extended improv live at Cafe Oto.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $8.95      Listen          

Baker, Duck : Outside (1977-83)

Fingerstyle guitarist Duck Baker was influenced by Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, recording these solo original improvisations plus 2 Ornette Coleman pieces from '77-'83 in London, Torino & Calgary, plus 2 duos with guitar madman Eugene Chadbourne.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Bi-Ki?: Quelque Chose Au Milieu

The alto sax duet of Jean-Baptiste Rubin and Sakina Abdou sculpt sound material that draws on the acoustic resources of the space within which they play, captured here in various locations in Northern France by the keen ear of saxophonist/conceptualist Jean-Luc Guionnet.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake: Song Sentimentale

One of a dual CD/LP release documenting three nights at London's Cafe Oto by the trio of Peter Brotzmann on reeds, William Parker on double bass, guembri, shakuhachi, and shenai, and Hamid Drake on drums, an incredible display of improvised music from three masters of the form. LP edition below has different recordings than the CD.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake: Song Sentimentale [VINYL]

Vinyl issue of the CD listed above, with different tracks from the CD release.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $25.95          

Carter, Kent: Oratorios and Songs (2010)

The Riviere Ensemble led by bassist Kent Carter with Christiane Bopp (trombone), Albrecht Maurer (violin), Katrin Mickiewicz (viola) and Laura Tejeda Martin (mezzo soprano) recording original works in historic churches in France, blending classical, jazz, free improv & traditional musics.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Chatoyant: Place Of Other Destination [CASSETTE w/ download]
(Astral Spirits)

With members of Wolf Eyes and Volebeats, Crime and the City Solution, &c. this Detroit quartet blends acoustic and electronic instruments in spontaneous composition with a rock aesthetics, a dark fusion of sound that plays both burning improv and mysterious soundscape.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          

Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad: Give And Take

During multi-reedist Frode Gjerstad's tour of South America in 2015 he met with pianist Fabiana Galante and fellow reedist Luis Conde to record these excellent improvisations, all three using unusual and extended techniques to create these 8 captivating dialogs.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Ashley John Young: Now Has No Dimension

Live recordings from the trio of Paul Dunmall on soprano and tenor sax, Philip Gibbs on guitar, and Ashley John Young on double bass, performing at Cardiff University School of Music Concert Hall in 2016, a great example of concentrative, complex and lively interplay.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Gjerstad, Frode / Ramiro Molina: Unseen Seas

Frode Gjerstad returned to Chile after his 2013 Trio tour to meet with guitarist Ramiro Molina, both to sample the amazing fish recipes Molina introduced him to, but more importantly, to perform live and to record these delicate and sophisticated improvisations.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Hall, Rob / Chick Lyall: Myth

A lyrical and sincere dialog from the Scottish duo of Rob Hall on clarinets and Chick Lyall on piano, recoreded at the chapel in St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, blending improvisation with chamber music, free jazz, contemporary classical and folk idioms.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Hayward, Robin: Rubble Master [CASSETTE]

Microtonal tubist Robin Hayward in a solo cassette release of two extended explorations of noise production, with the lips and tongue acting as noise generators that are filtered using half-valve techniques, using live electronics to create hallucinatory effects of motion.
     Buy      $10.95      Listen          

IKB: Chelonoidis Nigra
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues leads a 16 piece orchestra of strings, reeds, winds, voice, brass, accordion, electric guitar, electronics and percussion through the elaborately restrained work "Chelodnis Nigra", rewarding the careful listener with fascinating layers of sound.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

In Love With (Ceccaldi / Ceccaldi / Darrifourcq): Axel Erotic

The French experimental jazz trio of Theo Ceccaldi (violin), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello) and Sylvain Darrifourcq (drums, percussuions, zither) in a playful release of quick paced, creative improvisations in an album of exciting and somewhat off-kilter music; superbe!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Keune, Stefan / Lovens, Paul: Live 2013

Working together in various ensembles since the early 90s, Stefan Keune on sopranino, alto and baritone saxophone and Paul Lovens on drums and cymbals captured these three extraordinary improvisation in the studio in Brussels, Belgium and live Munich Underground in Germany.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Louis Minus XVI : Kindergarten

Joining noise rock and free jazz, the Louis Minus XVI quartet is fronted by two saxophonists--Adrien Douliez on alto and Jean Baptiste Rubin on tenor--with Maxime Petit on bass and Frederic L'homme on drums, in a balanced album of powerful and introspective compositions.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso: Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)

During her stay in London from 2004-2008, saxophonist Chefa Alonso developed a rewarding duo with percussionist Tony Marsh of great technical and musical value, as heard on these excellent recordings from Red Rose and Ryan's Bar in London, and Matadero in Huesca, Spain.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Parak.eets (Ute Wassermann / Richard Scott / Emilio Gordoa): Natura Venomous
(Creative Sources)

The trio of Richard Scott on modular synths, Emilio Gordoa on vibraphone & percussion, and Ute Wasserman on voice, in uniquely orchestrated free improvisations that focuses on sound interaction with detail and restraint, while still bringing a sense of wonder and exuberation.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

resAUnance : Migration

The debut album by the chamber-jazz quartet resAUnance of Jonathan Golove on electric cello, Michael McNeill on piano, John Bacon on vibraphone and percussion, and Esin Gunduz on voice, blending compositional, improvisation, & Turkish folk music into passionate and beautiful works.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]

Featuring the earliest published recordings of Barry Guy & Evan Parker, percussionist John Steven's presents transitional sextet and septet performances of his groundbreaking free improv group from 1966 & '67 with Trevor Watts, Paul Rutherford, Kenny Wheeler, and Derek Bailey.
Squidco Pick

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Thumbscrew (Halvorson / Formanek / Fujiwara): Convallaria

The NY improvising trio of Mary Halvorson (guitar), Michael Formanek (double bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) follow their "Thumbscrew" album with this impressive release of avant jazz, balancing melodic and technical playing with beautiful pacing and insightful interaction.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Variable Geometry Orchestra: Quasar
(Creative Sources)

A 46-member orchestra of electroacoustic improvisers performing live at St. George's Church in Lisbon in 2015, for an extended and dynamic tapestry of sound conducted by leader Ernesto Rodrigues, with an impressive list of artists familiar to those following the CS label.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew: Con Fluent

Saxophonist Trevor Watts and pianist Stephen Grew improvised these pieces at a distance, Grew sending recordings of two separate solo concerts from Newcastle, which Watts improvised over resulting in these intricate and exuberant "Improvised Compositions".
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          



Fennesz, Christian / Jim O' Rourke: It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry
(Editions Mego)

Viennese experimental guitarist and laptop artist Christian Fennesz and Jim O'Rourke on synthesizer in a beautiful album of sonic environments, with "gurgling harmonies swimming among the shimmering frequencies and strummed melodies"; recommended.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Fennesz, Christian / Jim O'Rourke: It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry [VINYL]
(Editions Mego)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $21.95      Listen          

Miimo: Miimo 3

The improvising steelpan ensemble of Yoshio Machida (steel drums, percussion, electronics, PanKAT), Tatsu (bass, electronics) and Norihide Saji (drums, laptop, electronics) in their 3rd release, an alternative dub album, or music created by poly-rhythm and sound effects.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Penderecki, Krzysztof / Eugeniusz Rudnik: Homo Ludens [2 CDs]

In the 1960s Eugeniusz Rudnik and Krzysztof Penderecki used the Polish Experiential Radio as a laboratory for their experiments in electronic and tape music, here in a 2 CD release presenting these remarkable and forward-thinking works of great technical skill and creativity.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $20.95      Listen          

Tazartes, Ghedalia: 5 Rimbaud 1 Verlaine [VINYL 10-inch]
(Holidays Records)

A 10" vinyl reissue of outside artist Ghedalia Tazartes' tribute to the poetry of Rimbaud and Verlaine, reinterpreting six small poems through a variety of genres that are playful and profound, previously available only in a small mini CD edition on the Jardin au Fou label.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          



Black Spirituals: Black Tape [CASSETTE with download]
(Astral Spirits)

The duo of Zachary James Watkins on guitar and electroncis and Marshall Trammell on drums in a dark album of distorted riffs and heavy polyrhythmic drumming, free playing that demands attention while entrancing the listener in gritty sound.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          



Moser, Michael: Antiphon Stein [2 Vinyl LPs]
(Edition Rz)

A site-specific sound installation in the nave and choir of Minoritenkirche in Krems/Stein that engages with the architecture and sound of this church space from composer Michael Moser working with Berndt Thurner, Klaus Lang, Hannah Schwegler and Nik Hummer.
     Buy      $46.95      Listen          

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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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