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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Michael Pisaro : Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar) (Potlatch)

A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences. ... Click to View


Charlemagne Palestine : Bells Studies [VINYL] (Alga Marghen)

From 1963 to 1970 avant composer/performer Charlemagne Palestine played the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York; this LP collects recordings of his performances from those early days. ... Click to View


Charlemagne Palestine : CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas (Golden 666) (Alga Marghen)

Previously unreleased recordings of Charlemagne Palestine's "Bells Studies", some of his earliest works, captured while attending The High School of Music and Art in New York in the 60s, of the 26-bell carillon at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church. ... Click to View


Albatre: A Descent Into Maelstrom (Shhpuma)

An experimental music trio playing a joyously harrowing display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed jazz elements, frantic but meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts, representative of the crossover of improv, noise rock and jazz currently made in Holland. ... Click to View


Coclea: Coclea (Shhpuma)

Clean Feed's side label Shhpuma presents a solo release from multi-instrumentalist Guilherme Goncalves (Gala Drop), dreamy and informed guitar-driven mkusic borrowing from kosmische musik, Edgar Froese, or Loren Connors in gorgeously paced lush instrumental music. ... Click to View


Joana Sa: Elogio Da Desordem (In Praise of Disorder) (Shhpuma)

Composer, pianist and multi-instrumentals Joana Sa gives voice to texts by Goncalo M. Tavares as read by Rosinda Costa, where the text organizes the thoughts that filter the multiple, disorderly, eccentric, voluble mind described in Tavares' work. ... Click to View


Robert Ashley: The Wolfman (Alga Marghen)

A collection of pieces that introduce the listener to the most extreme experimental side of the late American composer Robert Ashley, with a 12-page booklet including liner notes written by the composer and the complete score of "The Wolfman". ... Click to View


David Behrman: Wave Train (Alga Marghen)

2015 remaster of Behrman's 2002 album issuing works from 1959-68, including a piece with Gordon Mumma; sounds for a film by Robert Watts; a collaborative work with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma & Robert Ashley; and a work with David Tudor on piano and Christoph Caskel. ... Click to View


James Blackshaw : Summoning Suns [VINYL] (Important Records)

A lovely album of instrumental guitar and songs in James Blackshaw's tenth studio album, the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics, drawing inspiration from '60s and '70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music. ... Click to View


John Russell / Phil Durrant / John Butcher: Conceits (1987/1992) (Emanem)

In 1987 the trio of John Butcher on tenor & soprano sax, Phil Durrant on violin & trombone, and John Russel on acoustic plectrum guitar, released this LP of free improvisations using superb forward-thinking dialog, remarkable 3 decades after its release! ... Click to View


Evan Parker: Monoceros (psi)

The four part "Monoceros" was recorded by saxophonist Evan Parker, here on soprano, in 1987, originally for the Incus label, here in a remastered form with Parker showing his masterful use of the extended techniques that have influenced a generation of players. ... Click to View


Marcio Mattos: SOL[os] (Emanem)

Surprisingly the first solo album from bassist Marcio Mattos, an important member of the London free improv and jazz scenes since the 70's, here presenting recordings from late 90s and 2000's, and a live recording at St. Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington, 2010. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Phil Durrant / John Russell: The Scenic Route (Emanem)

1999 release of the trio of John Butcher on soprano & tenor sax, Phil Durrant on violin, and John Russell on guitar, meticulous improvisation using outrageous technique, "unorthodox thematic development and off-center interplay which at times is odd and surreal". ... Click to View


Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble: Earlier Outbreaks of Iconoclasm (1976-8) [2 CDs] (Emanem)

An excellent reissue of reedist/drummer/pianist Milo Fine, bringing together material released on Hat Hut in 1976 & '7 ("Hah!" & "The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition") plus his never-issued '78 album "When I Was Five Years Old, I Predicted Your Whole Life". ... Click to View


Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach: Stockholm Connection [3 CDs] (Umlaut Records)

A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson. ... Click to View


Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me (ECM)

Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz. ... Click to View


John Zorn: Simulacrum (Tzadik)

John Zorn's organ trio crosses metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, and noise in 6 intense and rocking tracks performed by John Medeski on organ, Matt Hollenberg on guitar, and Kenny Grohowski on drums. ... Click to View


Per Bloland: Chamber Industrial (Tzadik)

Composer Per Bloland blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes, presenting 5 works performed by Ecce Ensemble Chamber Industrial in a release of vigorous electroacoustic and instrumental compositions. ... Click to View


The Work: Slow Crimes [VINYL LP + 7-inch] (Megaphone/Knock 'em Dead)

The Work, formed in 1979 by reedist Tim Hodgkinson (Henry Cow), guitarist Bill Gilonis, bassist Mick Hobbs, and drummer Rick Wilson, plus vocalist Catherine Jauniaux in the first vinyl issue of their 1st LP, an aggressive and intelligent post-punk/RIO masterpiece. ... Click to View


Various Artists: Miniatures [VINYL] (Megaphone/Knock 'em Dead)

Released in 1981, keyboarist Morgan Fisher asked a broad set of artists including Robert Wyatt, David Bedford, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, Ollie Halsall, The Residents, Lol Coxhill, &c &c. to create a piece of music 60 seconds in length; here in a 180g vinyl reissue. ... Click to View


No Pair (Chiapperini / Elia / Trapani / Fusco): Chaos and Order (Long Song Records)

A mix of free jazz, rock, and avant-garde experimental music from clarinetist Francesco Chiapperini in a quartet with Gianluca Elia on tenor sax, Dario Trapani on electric guitar, and Anotonio Fusco on drums; lyrical modern jazz with a good dose of free chaos. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Gino Robair: Bottle Breaking Heart Leap [VINYL] (Alt.Vinyl)

An amazing example of modern free improv from two modern masters--John Butcher on tenor and soprano sax, acoustic and amplified; and percussionist Gino Robair on energized surfaces, blippoo box--playing with frightening intensity in perfectly paced dialog. ... Click to View


Liz Allbee / Burkhard Beins: Mensch Mensch Mensch [VINYL] (Alt.Vinyl)

Berlin based composer-performers Liz Allbee and Burkhard Beins team up for some electro-acoustic explorations, utilizing synths and field recordings, trumpet and percussion, and tuning forks. ... Click to View


Matt Starling: Terry Riley's Dorian Reeds (For Brass) (Self Released)

Matt Starling, founder of the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble, returns with a lesser known but equally impressive Terry Riley composition, "Dorian Reeds" for solo performer, microphone and two tape recorders, performed by Starling on flugelhorn and layered in the studio. ... Click to View


Charlemagne Palestine : Four Manifestations On Six Elements (Golden 5) (Alga Marghen)

One of Charlemagne Palestine's most well-known works, finally included in the Alga Marghen Golden Research series of CD editions presenting the composer's relevant historical recordings. ... Click to View


The Wire: #374 April 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD] (The Wire)

April 2015 issue + Wiretapper CD: On the cover: Holly Herndon; The Wire Tapper 37 VA CD; Invisible Jukebox: Lightning Bolt ; The Primer: Moondog; Brighton Noise Poets; Liturgy (Heavy overload); Model 500 (The future returns); John Wiese (New noise mutations); Global Ear: The Hague. ... Click to View


The Wire: #373 March 2015 (The Wire)

March 2015 issue; on the cover: Carter Tutti; inside this issue: Invisible Jukebox: Sleaford Mods; Cecil McBee; Steve Coleman; Global Ear: Mexico City; Inner Sleeve: Alvin Curran on Edith Schloss's artwork. ... Click to View


The Wire: #372 Febuary 2015 (The Wire)

February 2015 issue, with Mica Levi; Invisible Jukebox: John Carpenter; The Primer: Hiphop mixtapes; Inside the Red Bull Music Academy; Global Ear: Florence; Ohio punk 1975-80 ; Matana Roberts; The Pop Group; D'Angelo and the Vanguard. ... Click to View


James Blackshaw : Summoning Suns (Important Records)

A lovely album of instrumental guitar and songs in James Blackshaw's tenth studio album, the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics, drawing inspiration from '60s and '70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music. ... Click to View


Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble: The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael (Relative Pitch)

Frequent collaborators, Matthew Shipp (piano) and Michael Bisio (bass) are joined by fellow Downtown New Yorker Mat Maneri on viola create what they refer to as a chamber ensemble, performing the 15 improvised and inspired chapters of Shipp & Bisio's "Gospel". ... Click to View

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Cecil Taylor
Garden 1st Set
(Hatology)

Reissue and 2015 remaster of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over three extended improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.


Chris Lightcap Bigmouth
Epicenter
(Clean Feed)

Bassist Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth features 2 saxophonists--Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, Craig Tabor on keys and Gerald Cleavers on drums, in 8 melodic tracks inspired by landmarks of NYC and influenced by jazz tradition, West African music, pop hooks, and more.


Susan Alcorn
Soldad
(Relative Pitch)

Pedal Steel guitar innovator Susan Alcorn in a mostly solo release, beautifully performing 4 lush compositions by Astor Piazzolla, with bassist Michael Formanek joining for the Alcorn-penned "Suite for AHL".


Derek Bailey
Concert In Milwaukee [CASSETTE]
(Incus)

A reissue of the Bailey solo guitar cassette tape release of a 1983 concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the same year, originally sold by Bailey in concert during his tour of Japan in the same year.


Joe Morris
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)

Joe Morris wrote this book to discuss aspects of free music, including responses to his questionnaire written by Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jamie Saft, Ken Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Matthew Shipp, &c.


Marco von Orelli 5
Alluring Prospect
(Hatology)

Innovative arrangements in trumpeter Marco von Oreilli's quintet release, performed with trombonist Lukas Briggen, pianist Michael Wintsch, bassist Kasper von Gruningen, and drummer Samuel Duhsler, through 7 original and lyrical compositions that never fail to surprise.


Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble
The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael
(Relative Pitch)

Frequent collaborators, Matthew Shipp (piano) and Michael Bisio (bass) are joined by fellow Downtown New Yorker Mat Maneri on viola create what they refer to as a chamber ensemble, performing the 15 improvised and inspired chapters of Shipp & Bisio's "Gospel".


Nate Wooley (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
Battle Pieces
(Relative Pitch)

"Battle Pieces" was conceived as a background for an improviser, using linguistics, tape processes & aleatoric concepts to fashion an ever-shifting composition that supplies the soloist with information within the context of an ever-changing series of densities, velocities and silences.


Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke
Two City Blues PT 1 [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

The first of two releases documenting the trio of three towering figures--German free jazz legend Peter Brotzmann, Japanese avant-garde wizard Keiji Haino, and wildly versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke--recording at Shinjuku Pit Inn, in Tokyo, 2010.


Detail: Stevens / Pedersen / Gjerstad
First Detail
(Rune Grammofon)

Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad started the forward thinking free improv group Detail in 1981 with Eivin One Pederson on keys and SME legend, drummer John Stevens; this live recording of the original lineup is a fantastic document of the roots of this important band.


Eve Risser
Des pas sur la neige
(Clean Feed)

Following her trio record with Benjamin Duboc and Edward Perraud, pianist Eve Risser releases this contemplative and gorgeous solo album, a beautifully paced and delicate album for the piano, augmented with moving preparations for sonic and percussive accents.


Tim Berne's Snakeoil
You've Been Watching Me
(ECM)

Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz.


Chris Corsano / Okkyung Lee / Bill Nace
Live At Stone [VINYL]
(Open Mouth)

The trio of Chris Corsano (drums), Okkyung Lee (cello) and Bill Nace (guitar) performing live at John Zorn's NYC improv club The Stone in 2014, three free improvising titans of the modern age in a very limited LP.


Matthew Shipp
Art Of The Improviser
(Thirsty Ear)

Double CD of pianist Shipp in a trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey performing live in Troy, NY and at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, presenting perspectives on the art of modern acoustic jazz.


Rutherford / Muller / Eisenstadt
The Zone
(Konnex)

The trio of bassist Torsten Muller, drummer Harris Eisenstadt and trombonist Paul Rutherford performing live at The Center for Contemporary Art in Sante Fe.


Jeb Bishop / Jason Roebke / Harris Eisenstadt
Tiebreaker
(Not Two Records)

Live recordings from Re Club in Krakow by the NY trio of trombonist Jeb Bishop, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and bassist Jason Roebke, a great upbeat free playing sessions by three excellent young players.


Living By Lanterns
New Myth/Old Science
(Cuneiform)

Bringing together four of Chicago's and four of New York's leading players for a work commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in response to material contained in ESS's vast Sun Ra Audio Archive.


Angles 9
Injuries
(Clean Feed)

Now a nine-piece, Martin Kuchen leads the magnificently powerful Angles band through 7 demanding compositions, with trumpeter Magnus Broo back in the band alongside Alexander Zethson, Mattias Stahl, Jonan Berthling, Andreas Werlin, Eirik Hegdal, Mats Aleklint & Goran Kajfes.


Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.


Joe McPhee
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
(Hatology)

In 1996, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joe McPhee's first solo release, McPhee recorded this remarkable album of solo reeds, pocket cornet, and electronics, using overdubbing to create gripping music including an homage to Miles Davis and unique versions of standards.


Holy Fuck
Cassette No. 1 [CASSETTE]
(Self Released)

Cassette Day release of "Demos, live tracks, outtakes, noise, assorted bullshit" from this Canadian band, who create the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using the techniques associated with that music--looping, splicing, programming, &c.


Michel Wintsch
Roof Fool
(Hatology)

Innovative and idiosyncratic Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch in a set of original compositions that combine ambient sound and intentionality, displaying great technical skills and a unique mind that embraces melody and the unexpected aspects of improvisation.


Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL]
(Otoroku)

A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing album showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language.


Uneven Eleven
Live at Cafe OTO [2 CDs]
(Sub Rosa)

Merging three legends--drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now, Massacre), Guy Segers (Univers Zero) and Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) for a wild improvising trio caught live at Cafe Oto in Lodon in 2013; not to be missed!


Henry Kaiser / Damon Smith
Relations
(Balance Point Acoustics)

The duo of Henry Kaiser and bassist Damon Smith perform 8 free improvisation with titles from the book "Company Week" by Peter Riley, a commentary on Derek Bailey's 1997 collective, Kaiser using a 1998 Monteleone Radio Flyer 7 string guitar at the request of Smith.


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