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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Joe Morris : Solos - Bimhuis (Relative Pitch)

Live recordings from guitarist Joe Morris, performing solo at Bimhuis in Amsterdam in two Octobers from 2013 to 2014, showing remarkable technical and creative skills while captivating his audience with accessible progressions and story-telling; masterful! ... Click to View


Otomo Yoshihide : Guitar Solo 2015 LEFT (Doubtmusic)

Reflecting on his studies with guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, Otomo Yoshihide plays one of Takayanagi's favorite electric guitars, a 1963 Gibson-175, to record 6 extended and informed free improvisations, including Ornette's "Lonely Woman" and "Song for Che". ... Click to View


Musicworks: #122 Summer 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD] (Musicworks)

On the cover, Allison Camerson. Inside: Dave Burrell's Unsung Songbook; Peter Ablinger's Art of Time; Sabrina Schroeder's Stircrazer; plus reviews of recordings and events, label profiles, essays, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Tiger Hatchery: Sun Worship (ESP)

Chicago power-jazz trio Tiger Hatchery in an album from the free jazz tradition born from Albert Ayler and Peter Brotzmann, with aggressively powerful approaches that cross into noise-rock, but remain firmly rooted in modern free improvisation. ... Click to View


Tiger Hatchery: Sun Worship [VINYL] (ESP)

Chicago power-jazz trio Tiger Hatchery in an album from the free jazz tradition born from Albert Ayler and Peter Brotzmann, with aggressively powerful approaches that cross into noise-rock, but remain firmly rooted in modern free improvisation. ... Click to View


Albert Ayler: Spirits Rejoice [VINYL] (ESP)

Legendary saxophonist Albert Ayler recorded this album in 1965 with the phenomenal band with brother Donald Ayler on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Sunny Murray on drums, Call Cobbs on harpsichord, and Gary Peacock and Henry Grime on bass, reissued with its original cover. ... Click to View


Joe McPhee & John Snyder: To Be Continued [VINYL] (Kye)

The first meeting of saxophonist/trumpeter Joe McPhee and John Synder, here on an ARP2600 synth, in a communal ritual septet concert for friends and neighbors titled "Ancient to the Future" performed at New York's Holy Cross Monastery in 1973, here in its first ever release. ... Click to View


Arnold Dreyblatt : Second Selection [VINYL 2 LPs] (Black Truffle)

A major collection of archival recordings by seminal minimalist composer, performer, instrument builder and visual artist Arnold Dreyblatt, presenting eleven pieces selected by Oren Ambarchi from Dreyblatt's extensive archive of previously unreleased recordings. ... Click to View


Land of Marigold (Joshua Zubot & Ellwood Epps): Creosote (Barnyard)

The Montreal duo of trumpeter Ellwood Epps and Josh Zubot on violin and low octave violin for 9 upbeat, technically superb and intricate instant improvisations, what they refer to as "foot-tapping for ghosts, seeing the northern lights from underwater". ... Click to View


Jason Kahn: Beautiful Ghost Wave (Herbal International)

Jason Kahn uses feedback and electronic noise to create a large work created from static, hiss, and unusual electronic sound, dynamic and ever-shifting aspects of both lovely and aberrant electronics, captivating in ever-shifting sounds that inform but do not overwhelm. ... Click to View


Pascal Battus / Lionel Marchetti / Emmanuel Petit : La Vie Dans Les Bois (Herbal International)

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Lasse Riek Marc: Harbour (Herbal International)

Compositions by Lasse-Marc Riek of the Gruenrekorder label, created from field recordings of sounds in harbors, recorded between 1999 & 2007 in Finland's Bjorkoby and Ostero harbors, and in Germany in Wismar and Hamburg harbors, rich evocations of the sea. ... Click to View


ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford / Bailey / Guy): Chapter One (1970-2) [3 CDs] (Emanem)

A reissue of Emanem 4031, a classic concert and studio performances from '70-'72 by the innovative trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone, piano) Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), which was a much expanded reissue of the early Incus releaes 3/4 of the same name. ... Click to View


John Russell (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.): With... (Emanem)

British free improvising guitar master John Russell's 60th birthday gig at London's CAfe Oto is presented in a duo with Phil Minton, a trio with Henry Lowther & Satoko Fakuda, in a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, and in a duo with Thurston Moore. ... Click to View


Iskra 1903: Buzz Soundtrack (Emanem)

Music for the 1971 film by Michael Grigsby and performed by the trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone), Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), a fascinating and distinctive set, more restrained and gentle than their live performances from that time. ... Click to View


Norstebo / Strid / De Heney: Oslo Wien [2 CDs] (VA FONGOOL)

Norwegian trombonist Henrik Munkeby Norstebo's recurring trio with Swedish drummer Raymond Strid and Swiss double bassist Nina de Heney in a 2-CD release featuring two complete concerts from 2014, first at Bidroban in Norway, and then at Freistunde in Vienna, Austria. ... Click to View


Mike Pride: Listening Party (Akord Records/Subkulturni Azil)

The first solo album from Downtown NY drummer/multi-instrumentalist Mike Pride, 18 diverse and succinct pieces for percussion instruments, studio creations, glockenspiel etudes & drum set improvisations with rhythmically superb music and some strange bits of NYC humor. ... Click to View


Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Raster-Noton)

Alva Noto continues his Xerrox series with the 3rd volume,"Towards Space", using the process of copying and manipulation of data as a basis for sound compositions, here showing a warmer music inspired by film memories, creating an imaginary soundtrack. ... Click to View


Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Raster-Noton)

Alva Noto continues his Xerrox series with the 3rd volume,"Towards Space", using the process of copying and manipulation of data as a basis for sound compositions, here showing a warmer music inspired by film memories, creating an imaginary soundtrack. ... Click to View


Art Zoyd: Generation Sans Futur [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

Art Zoyd's 3rd LP from 1980 now with Daniel Denis on drums is an impressive album of complex, dramatic music with shifting time signatures, tones and unlikely twists and turns. ... Click to View


Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Sleeping Beauty [VINYL] (KS Art Yard Series)

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. ... Click to View


Goh Kwang Lee: Hands (Herbal International)

A fun and unusual electronic album from Malaysian sound artist Goh Lee Kwang's, whose instrument of choice is an old Roland Jupiter analogue synth, but toy keyboards, saxophones, bass and drums also thrown into the pot and merrily melted down by Max/MSP. ... Click to View


Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic (Aerophonic)

Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz. ... Click to View


Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker-Flaten / Rosaly / Daisy): Cash And Carry (Aerophonic)

After 10 years together, the Rempis Percussion Quartet led by saxophonist Dave Rempist, Frank Rosaly, Tim Daisy on drums and percussion, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass, recorded this concert at Chicago's Hungry Brain for a superlative album of rhythmically simmering free improv. ... Click to View


Samuel Blaser: Spring Rain (Whirlwind)

Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser pays tribute to clarinetist and composer Jimmy Giuffre, in a quartet with Russ Lossing on piano & keys, Drew Gress on double bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, merging Giuffre's lyrical forms to create new and innovative compositions. ... Click to View


Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 [2 CDs] (Cuneiform)

Composer, cornetist, and musical director Rob Mazurek leads his largest regular ensemble, the Exploding Star Orchestra, through one of his most ambitious recordings, part of an epic science fiction opera inspired by the writings of Samuel R. Delany and Stanislaw Lem. ... Click to View


Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband featuring Bill Frisell: Play a Bill Frisell Setlist (Cuneiform)

Guitarist Bill Frisell's first-ever appearance as the featured soloist on a big band session, performing with British composer and arranger Michael Gibbs and his NDR Bigband for a tour de force album playing over arrangements of compositions drawn from his career. ... Click to View


Michael Gibbs & the NDR Bigband: In My View (Cuneiform)

British jazz composer and arranger Michael Gibbs directs his NDR Big Band through a set of lyrical jazz pieces with brilliant arrangements, including four original compositions and compositions from Carla Bley, Thelonius Monk, Ornette Coleman, Gordon Jenkins, and Ron Carter. ... Click to View


Guapo: Obscure Knowledge (Cuneiform)

For 20 years this British rock trio has straddled the boundaries of progressive, noise, minimalism and avant-rock here in a 3 part 43 minute long work in a scenic journey through loud New York minimalism, celestial drones, avant rock, kosmiche-noise, rockin' riffs and much more. ... Click to View


Zeitkratzer: Column One: Entropium (KARLRECORDS)

Reinhold Friedl leads Zeitkratzer through five compositions transcribed from works of the Berlin based Dada and Surrealist inspired electroacoustic / industrial collective Column One, recorded live in performance at Berghain during MaerzMusik 2012. ... Click to View

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Schlippenbach / Parker / Edwards / Prevost
3 Nights at Cafe Oto
(Matchless)

Presenting 3 CDs, a DVD, and a solid 80-page book of images and text, capturing 3 nights at Cafe Oto from the trio of Evan Parker (tenor sax), John Edwards (double bass), and Eddie Prevost (drums), joined one night by Alexander v. Schlippenbach, and another night by Christof Thewes.


Steve Lacy
Shots
(Hatology)

A reissue of the uniquely configured trio of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Masa Kwate on traditional Japanese percussion, and Irene Aebi on voice and violin, from their 1977 LP release on the French Musica label, restored and remastered.


Henry Threadgill & Zooid
In for a Penny, In for a Pound [2 CDs]
(Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's new epic work in four movements written specifically to feature each of the musicians in Zooid: "Ceroepic" for Elliott Kavee (drums), "Dosepic" for Christopher Hoffman (cello), "Tresepic" for Jose Davila (trombone & tuba), and "Unoepic" for Liberty Ellman (guitar).


Fred Frith / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
(Victo)

Two masters who rarely play together--guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist Evan Parker--performing together as a duo at the 30th Musique Actuelle Festival in Victoriaville, Canada for an amazing exchange of ideas and intensely subtle dialog.


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.


Kris Davis Infrasound (Davis / Goldberg / Noriega / Badenhorst / Bishop / Radley / Versace / Black)
Save Your Breath
(Clean Feed)

A superb octet including pianist and leader Kris Davis providing innovative compositions, with the powerful support of Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Joachim Badenhorst & Andrew Bishop on reeds, Nate Radley on guitar, Gary Versace on organ, and Jim Black on drums.


Ellery Eskelin
Solo Live At Snugs
(Hatology)

Ellery Eskelin performing solo on tenor saxophone at 61 Local in Brooklyn, NY, four original compositions, personal and distinctive improvisation like listening to tales from a well seasoned and adept traveler.


Last Exit
Iron Path
(ESP)

A much-needed reissue of this 1988 Last Exit album, with Bill Laswell (bass), Peter Brotzmann (sax), Sonny Sharrock (guitar) and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums), muscular "darkwave" improvisation of virtuosic playing with superb energy, suspense and tension.


Cecil Taylor Quartet
Michigan State University, April 15th 1976
(Hi Hat)

A live recording from the Power Center, Michigan State University at Ann Arbor in 1976 broadcast on WCBN-FM's Jazz Alive program, with pianist Cecil Taylor leading the quintet of Jimmy Lyons (sax), David S. Ware (sax), Raphe Malik (trumpet) and Marc Edwards (drums).


Brotzmann / McPhee / Kessler / Zerang
Tales Out Of Time
(Hatology)

A much-needed reissue of the 2002 release from the quartet of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Joe McPhee (sax, pocket cornet, trumpet), Kent Kessler (double bass) and Michael Zerang (drums & percussion) recording in the studio for incredible free improvisation from four titans.


Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet
No U Turn, Live in Pasadena 1975
(Dark Tree Records)

The Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet captured in performance in 1975, the earliest known recording of this configuration live from their 70s period in Los Angeles, playing amazing free jazz with Stanley Carter and Roberto Mirando on bass, and William Jeffrey on drums.


Karl Berger / Kirk Knuffke
Moon [2 CDs]
(NoBusiness)

After performing at a night dedicated to Ed Blackwell and Don Cherry, vibraphone legend Karl Berger invited trumpeter Knuffke to Woodstock to teach and perform with him, from which this lovely album of duets was born, 2 CDs of original compositions of free and lyrical playing.


The: Renga Ensemble Falzone / Vandermark / Jackson / Rothenberg / Stein / Goldberg
The Room Is
(Allos Documents)

Chicago clarinetist James Falzone leads a sextet of reeds with Ken Vandermark, Ben Goldberg, Keefe Jackson, Ned Rothenberg, & Jason Stein in a set of 14 intelligent compositions joining minimalism, classical inferences and jazz with asymmetrical parts using both structure and freedom.


Matana Roberts
Always
(Relative Pitch)

Two passionate studio improvisations from saxophonist Matana Roberts, who lovingly dedicates the album to "those bard(s) of summer...the ideas herein of which I gleaned/interrogated/investigated/celebrated with you..."; subtle, rich, and inspiring.


Joshua Abrams
Magnetoception [VINYL]
(Eremite)

Joshua Abrams on bass and guimbri for his 1st large scale work on vinyl, with the core ensemble of guitarists Emmett Kelly & Jeff Parker, and drummer Hamid Drake, on which Abrams added solo pieces for harp & clarinet, making this wonderfully multi-ethnic textural album.


Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
(Aerophonic)

Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz.


Dunmall / Hanslip / Gibbs / Ricart
Weeping Idols
(FMR)

A two-tenor sax/two-guitar quartet of saxophonists Paul Dunmall and Mark Hanslip and guitarists Philip Gibbs and Ed Ricart in four superb improvisations, intense interaction and complex interplay from four authoritative voices linking the UK to the US.


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.


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".


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.


Paul Lytton
?!
(Pleasure of the Text Records)

The first solo electronics and percussion album by radical and legendary British improvisor Paul Lytton since 1979, recorded in the studio in Germany, and using a wealth of homemade instruments, laptop, percussive devices, objects, and electro-mechanical devices.


Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
Miyazaki
(FMR)

One of the great modern groups in free improvisations, saxophonist & clarinetist Frode Gjerstad leads teh trio of Jon Rune Strom on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums in a liver performance at Miyazaki, Japan for 2 extended and 1 short improv of vital, informed and exuberant improvisations.


The Scrambling Ex (Van Huffel / Willers / Stiedle)
The Scrambling Ex
(FMR)

A bass-less collaborative trio consisting of three forward-moving, attacking players--Peter Van Huffel (reeds); Oliver Steidle-drums; Andreas Willer-guitars & bass--in a mix of modern jazz compositions and the intuitive process of spontaneous musical creation.


Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
Autumn
(FMR)

The collaboration of UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American ex-pat drummer Tony Bianco has at least a 15 year history, heard in these telepathic duos of free improvisation recorded at Delbury Hall, Shropshire in 2014 for 3 extended works of breathtaking playing.


Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
(Relative Pitch)

The trio of trumpeter Peter Evans, electric bassist Tim Dahl, and drummer/percussionist Mike Pride have played together since 2010, crossing the boundaries of improvisation, composition and rock in dynamic genre-defying music intended to be played loud.


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