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Selling improvised, composed & unusual music from around the globe.

Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark: East By Northwest (Pleasure of the Text Records)

A superb live set between trumpeter Nate Wooley and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark performing on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone, captured live at the 2014 Okka Fest in Milwaukee, intelligent free improvisation balancing introspection and fire. ... Click to View


Carlo Costa Quartet: Sediment (Neither/Nor Records)

A new NY label from percussionist Carlo Costa in its 1st release, a quartet with Steve Swell on trombone, Sean ali on bass and Jonathan Moritz on sax, presenting an improvisational language that subsumes the individual players into a distinct group sound. ... Click to View


Peter Brotzmann & Jason Adasiewicz: Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL] (Bro)

Brotzmann's own BRO label releases this performance at Chicago's Hideout of the duo of Peter Brotzmann on alto and tenor sax, b-flat clarinet and tarogato, and vibraophonist Jason Adasiewicz from their 2012 US tour for three stunning tracks of free improvisation. ... Click to View


Ballister: The Ballister Monologues [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

Ballister's first cassette release finds the the trio of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), Dave Rempis (reeds) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) performing live at The Northern Door in Austin, Texas for a furious and dynamic set of two extended improvisations. ... Click to View


Will Guthrie: Stepped Stoned [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

France-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie in a solo recording of powerful and diverse playing using a combination of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics. ... Click to View


Broken Trap Ensemble (Shelton / Rankin-Parker / Dutton / Pearce): Upes [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

West Coast Bay Area creative improvisers Aram Shelton (alto sax), Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello), Kristina Dutton (violin) and Daniel Pearce (drums) in a balanced release borrowing from jazz, modern improv, classical, folk, drone and beyond. ... Click to View


Sult (Dryer / Heule / Moe / Skaset): Svimmelhed (Conrad Sound / Humbler Records ‎)

West Coast/Oslo acoustic improvising ensemble Sult is the quartet of bassist Tony Dryer, percussionist Jacob Felix Heule, bassist Guro Skumsnes Moe, and acoustic guitarist havard Skaset, subdued and informed textured work with a dark intent. ... Click to View


Philip Corner: Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades (Improvizations After François Couperin) [VINYL] (Roaratorio)

Fluxus musician Philip Corner uses French Baroque composer Francois Couperin's "Les Barricades Misterieuses" as the starting point for his piano improvisations, here presenting two unique perspectives on the piece, the 1st from 1992 and the 2nd from 2004. ... Click to View


Cornelius Cardew : Nova Musicha No. 6: Four Principles on Ireland and Other Pieces (1974) [VINYL] (MiruMir (Cramps))

180 gram reissue of Irish composer Cornelius Cardew's 1974 album, a series of compositions based on the revolutionary songs of different countries (i.e. the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the Islamic Rebellion of 1937, the uprisings in West Berlin in the early seventies). ... Click to View


Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings [VINYL] (Trost Records)

These 1972 trio recordings of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums recording at the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin, were found in the FMP archives and are issued for the first time ever. ... Click to View


Christof Kurzmann : Then & Now [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Christof Kurzmann has been a part of Extended Versions, The Magic I.D., Made to Break, El Infierno, Trio x 3, &c; this double LP collects unreleased tracks from a diversity of projects with collaborators B. Fleischmann, Ken Vandermark, Robert Wyatt, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Buck, &c. &c. ... Click to View


David Sylvian (w/ Franz Wright / Christian Fennesz): There's a Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight (Samadhi Sound)

David Sylvian's long form composition is a collaboration with American Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright, with music performed by Sylvian, Christian Fennesz and John Tilbury in a single long narrated work of insight and remarkable electroacoustic accompaniment. ... Click to View


Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II [VINYL] (Saturn)

The 2nd volume in Sun Ra's "Discipline" series was recorded during the same sessions as 1972's Impulse release "Space Is the Place", with Sun Ra on electronic keyboards and Moog, and a large band including Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Akh Tal Ebah, June Tyson, &c. ... Click to View


Solidarity Unit, Inc: Red, Black and Green [VINYL] (Eremite)

Percussionist Charles "Bobo" Shaw produced this album, which documents what happened at the Black Artists Group Room in St. Louis, MO, on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix died, performed in an ensemble including Oliver Lake on sax & flute and Joseph Bowie on trombone. ... Click to View


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. ... Click to View


Luigi Nono: Seguente [2 CDs] (Edition Rz)

Reissuing composer Luigi Nono's 1990 Edition Rz LP with the addition of 3 works, presenting 6 remarkable symphonic works combining live electronics and voice, intended to expand the technical possibilities of sound and the perceptive faculties of the listener. ... Click to View


Ferdinand Kriwet : Hortexte Radio Texts Zwei [VINYL 2 LP Picture Discs] (Edition Rz)

A beautiful 2 picture disc LP and booklet of radio plays (Horspiele) from sound artist and poet Ferdinand Kriwet, presenting 6 works including Hortext (radiotext) I, and Rotoradios I & II. ... Click to View


Chris Forsyth / Nate Wooley: Third [VINYL] (Rekem Records)

The 3rd collaboration between guitarist Chris Forsyth and trumpeter Nate Wooley following "The Duchess of Oysterville" and "Chocolate Monk", here recording live in concert in Philadelphia for the two part "Evening Rage", creating rich sonic palettes of unexpected sound. ... Click to View


ROIL (Chris Abrahams / Mike Majkowski / James Waples): Raft Of The Meadows [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Free improvisation using the jazz idiom as a jumping off point from the trio of pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks), bassist Mike Majkowski, and drummer James Waples, superb technical playing with a melodic intent and excellent pacing. ... Click to View


Barry Guy : Five Fizzles for Samuel Beckett [10-inch VINYL] (NoBusiness)

A limited 10-inch pressing from European Free Improvisation bassist Barry Guy, performing with the ambiance of St. Catherine's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, using extended techniques and unusual approaches to the instrument that are both remarkable and satisfying. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection [VINYL 2 LPs] (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Tony Malaby / Juan Pablo Carletti / Christopher Hoffman: Nino/Brujo [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Percussionist Juan Pablo Carletti leads a trio with Tony Malaby on sax and Christopher Hoffman on cello, beautifully unfolding jazz that balances light and dark, melodic and free approaches with textural percussive work. ... Click to View


Billy Bang / William Parker: Medicine Buddha (NoBusiness)

A 2009 concert at The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York, on the 8th May, 2009 from the duo of double bassist William Parker, also performing on shakuhashi, dousn gouni; and the late violinist Billy Bang, also performing on thumb piano; organic and deeply felt dialog. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Dave Burrell / Steve Swell: Turning Point (NoBusiness)

The 3rd in a series of 5 suites from pianist Dave Burrell commemorating the people and events of the American Civil War, a mature and passionate work performed in a duo with NY trombonist Steve Swell, performed live at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. ... Click to View


Gunter Sommer Baby: Whispering Eurasia (NEOS Music)

The 1st recording from the ensemble of Akira Ando (bass), Xu Fengxia (guzheng), Gunter Baby Sommer (percussion) and Gunda Gottschalk (violin), draws on the aesthetics of Chinese classical music, Japanese improvisation, American-style jazz, & European free improvisation. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas: Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

"Two Pianos" is one of Morton Feldman's most experimental and radical works, performed here by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas; plus lesser known works including 'Piece for Four Pianos', 'Between Categories', 'False Relationships and the Extended Ending' and 'Two Pieces for Three Pianos'. ... Click to View


Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash: Next To Nothing (Another Timbre)

Four text scores composed by Ryoko Akama and performed by himself on VCS3 synthesizer with Bruno Duplant on percussion & tone generator and Dominic Lash on double bass, clarinet & laptop; four beautifully evolving and carefully paced works. ... Click to View


John Lely played by Anton Lukoszevieze: The Harmonics Of Real Strings (Another Timbre)

Four realisations of composer John Lely's simple but brilliant composition 'The Harmonics of Real Strings', a very slow glissando along the full length of one bowed string, performed by Anton Lukoszevieze; one realization for each string of the cello. ... Click to View


Jamie Drouin & Lance Austin Olsen: Sometimes We All Disappear (Another Timbre)

A restrained electronic improvisation from the duo of Jamie Drouin on suitcase modular & portable radio, and Lance Austin Olsen on amplified objects and audio cassettes, utlitizing space, isolated and connected events, and the listener's own environment. ... Click to View

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  Squidco 2014 $12 Sale


 

Our 12th Anniversary celebration continues with this list of outstanding releases all priced at $12.00 each, with savings up to 50% off their list price. But hurry, this sale ends Sunday, February 1st!

Click Here to See $12 Sale Items

Sale ends Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 23:59 EST. In stock items only. Prices shown are discounted. Sale items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points.

Billy Bang / William Parker
Medicine Buddha
(NoBusiness)

A 2009 concert at The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York, on the 8th May, 2009 from the duo of double bassist William Parker, also performing on shakuhashi, dousn gouni; and the late violinist Billy Bang, also performing on thumb piano; organic and deeply felt 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.


Evan Parker / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
Extremes
(Red Toucan)

Two saxes and drums, an unusual trio from three free improvising legends playing exultant and exemplary music that even they described as "extreme" as they recorded this session in Bianco's Garden Cottage studio, creating 3 superb examples of modern dialog in improvisation.


Wooley / Rempis / Niggenkemper / Corsano
From Wolves To Whales
(Aerophonic)

The free improvising quartet of Nate Wooley (trumpet), Dave Rempis (sax), Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), and Chris Corsano (drums), bridging ridiculously great technical skills with creative curiosity and forward thinking concepts for superb results.


Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love)
Worse For The Wear
(Aerophonic)

The fifth release from the international power trio of Dave Rempis (sax), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) in a rewarding release of heavy grooves, offset by introspective soundscapes and moments of quiet beauty.


Tomas Fujiwara Trio
Variable Bets
(Relative Pitch)

Merging different sub-genre of NYC's rich jazz and creative music scene, drummer Tomas Fujiwara's trio with Brandon Seabrook on guitar and Ralph Alessi on trumpet furtively builds into a free jazz album of contrasting dynamics and superb playing.


Joe Morris
Mess Hall
(Hatology)

Dark, edgy and superb electric guitar work from Joe Morris in a trio with Stave Lantner on electric keyboard and Jerome Deupree on drums, the final part of what Morris calls "Big Loud Electric Guitar Trilogy" that started with "Sweatshop" and "Racket Club", following the Hendrix legacy.


Dave Burrell / Steve Swell
Turning Point
(NoBusiness)

The 3rd in a series of 5 suites from pianist Dave Burrell commemorating the people and events of the American Civil War, a mature and passionate work performed in a duo with NY trombonist Steve Swell, performed live at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia.


Marc Baron
Hidden Tapes
(Potlatch)

Five fascinating works composed from old cassette tapes accelerated or slowed down, layered and transformed with analog devices, with the addition of sources from movies soundtracks and classical or liturgical music extracts.


Lindsay Cooper
Rarities Volumes 1 & 2
(Recommended Records)

An absolutely essential extension to the late Lindsay Cooper's discography, 2 CDs collecting rare works from projects and groups including recordings with Alfred Harth, Phil Minton, Robert Wyatt, David Thomas, Connie Bauer, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, &c. &c.


John Zorn
The Song Project Vinyl Singles Edition [6 7" + 32 page booklet]
(Tzadik)

In celebration of his 60th Birthday, Zorn asked his most acclaimed vocal collaborators to write lyrics to select compositions from his vast musical catalog, peformed by an all-star band of Zorn regulars, presented in a beautiful box set of 7" records and a 32-page book.


Barry Guy
Five Fizzles for Samuel Beckett [10-inch VINYL]
(NoBusiness)

A limited 10-inch pressing from European Free Improvisation bassist Barry Guy, performing with the ambiance of St. Catherine's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, using extended techniques and unusual approaches to the instrument that are both remarkable and satisfying.


Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas
Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

"Two Pianos" is one of Morton Feldman's most experimental and radical works, performed here by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas; plus lesser known works including 'Piece for Four Pianos', 'Between Categories', 'False Relationships and the Extended Ending' and 'Two Pieces for Three Pianos'.


Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark
East By Northwest
(Pleasure of the Text Records)

A superb live set between trumpeter Nate Wooley and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark performing on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone, captured live at the 2014 Okka Fest in Milwaukee, intelligent free improvisation balancing introspection and fire.


Matthew Shipp Trio
Root Of Things
(Relative Pitch)

Pianist Shipp's long-standing trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey, complex and inspired compositions that makes modern creative approaches to jazz beautifully accessible and essential.


Joe Morris / Chris Cretella
Storms
(Glacial Erratic)

Intense acoustic guitar interactions from frequent collaborators Joe Morris (NY) and Chris Cretella (New Haven, CT) in a remarkable display of free fingerstyle guitar improvisations presented in a limited hand-assembled package.


Peter Kowald / Kent Kessler / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Flats Fixed
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Three bassists converged on WNUR Studios, in Evanston, Illinois in 1998 to record these tracks, finally released after 16 years: 5 freely improvised trio sessions, 6 miniatures suggested by Kowald and performed by the trio, and 6 duos between Kowald and Lonberg-Holm.


Chris Forsyth / Nate Wooley
Third [VINYL]
(Rekem Records)

The 3rd collaboration between guitarist Chris Forsyth and trumpeter Nate Wooley following "The Duchess of Oysterville" and "Chocolate Monk", here recording live in concert in Philadelphia for the two part "Evening Rage", creating rich sonic palettes of unexpected sound.


Skogen (Magnus Granberg, Angharad Davies, Toshi Nakamura, Henrik Olsson, Ko Ishikawa, Anna Lindal, John Eriksson, Erik Carlsson, Leo Svensson Sander and Petter Wastberg)
Despairs Had Governed Me Too Long
(Another Timbre)

Another beautiful extended composition by Magnus Granberg, exquisitely played by an ensemble of fine musicians whose last two discs on Another Timbre both featured in The Wire's best of year CD lists for 2012 and 2013 respectively.


Marc Ducret
Tower-Bridge [2 CDs]
(Ayler)

Guitarist Marc Ducret completes his "Tower" series with a 12-piece ensemble including all musicians from the 4 Tower volumes, including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Matthias Mahler, &c. in 2 CDs of two concerts from their 2012 tour; innovative and astoundingly great modern jazz.


Peter Evans Quintet
Destination: Void
(More Is More)

The second release from NY trumpeter Peter Evans Quintet with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Tom Blancarte on bass, Sam Pluta on live electronics, and Jim Black on drums, an epic and amazingly sophisticated album based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name.


Mary Halvorson
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.


Schlippenbach Trio
First Recordings
(Trost Records)

These 1972 trio recordings of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums recording at the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin, were found in the FMP archives and are issued for the first time ever.


Brotzmann / Edwards / Noble
Soulfood Available
(Clean Feed)

For their 3rd album together, the trio of saxophonist Peter Brotzmann, bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble are caught live at the 2013 Ljubljana Jazz Festival for three blistering works of free improvisation.


Tony Malaby's TubaCello
Scorpion Eater
(Clean Feed)

NY saxophonist Tony Malaby's latest album was recorded with his most consistent collaborators--tubist Dan Peck, cellist Christopher Hoffman, and drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck--in an album of energetic improv with a unique timbral configuration.


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