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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Anthony Braxton / Quartet: (Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set (Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering saxophonist Anthony Braxton Quartet's stellar performances on Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993, with Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion & marimba, demanding collective improvisation from masterful players. ... Click to View


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. ... Click to View


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. ... Click to View


Marco von Orelli 5 : Alluring Prospect (Hatology)

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


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. ... Click to View


Fred Frith And Helen Mirra: Kwangsi - quail [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Helen Mirra uses the index of a W.G. Sebald's novel to create a mysterious, intriguing and fascinating audio world, performed by Mirra on printing press and acoustic guitar, and Fred Frith on rainsticks, mbira, charango, music box, voice, shoes and other objects. ... Click to View


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! ... Click to View


Uneven Eleven: Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL] (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! ... Click to View


Joana Sa & Luis Jose Martins: Almost a Song (Shhpuma)

A beautiful collaboration between Luis Jose Martins on classical guitar, percussion & electronics, and Joan Sa on piano, toy piano, celestra, idiophones & electronics, gentle music that's nearly a song, but actually sophisticated, textured, and lovely contemporary improvisation. ... Click to View


Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham: Youuu + Mee = Weee (First) [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

LP edition of the 1st of 3 CDs from the collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine on Bosendorfer piano, orgue Yamaha and voice, and Rhys Chatham on trumpet, loop pedal & electric guitar, presenting a large and slowly evolving composition. ... Click to View


Norberto Lobo / Joao Lobo: Oba Loba (Shhpuma)

A magnificent septet led by Norbert Lobo on guitar and Joao Lobo on drums, blending jazz with free folk elements, instrumental music that defies easy categorization but which wins the listener over with its inherent melodicism and embracing love of expression. ... Click to View


Helen Mirra / Ernst Karel: A Map Of Parallels 41-N And 49-N At A Scale Of Ten Seconds To One Degree (Shhpuma)

A map of the latitudes delineating the geographical area where the European - North American history of deforestation and resforestation has played out, in a work of guitar and field effects from Portugese artist Helen Mirra and sound artist Ernst Karel. ... Click to View


Joana Gama / Luis Fernandez: Quest (Shhpuma)

Classical pianist Joana Gama and live electronic processing artist Luis Fernandes bridge compositional and experimental forms in this lyrical work, where Fernandes transforms, dissects, loops and otherwise mutates the Gama's playing in unexpected and elegant ways. ... Click to View


Simao Costa: ANO PRE CAU TION PER CU SSION ON SHORT CIRCUIT (Shhpuma)

Portuguese composer and pianist Simao Costa in an album of solo prepared piano in the style of John Cage, using transducers, speaker & objects, paced like a Morton Feldman composition, balancing tones and percussive sound in exquisite compositions. ... Click to View


Parque: The Earworm Versions (Shhpuma)

Intermedia artist Ricardo Jacinto with Nuno Torres (sax), Ricardo Jacinto (cello), Andre Sier (electronics), Dino Recio (percussion), Nuno Morao (percussion, melodica) and Joao Pinheiro (percussion, vibes) in a structured improvisation in an electro-acoustic environment. ... Click to View


Pao: PÃO (Shhpuma)

The Portugese trio of Pedro Sousa (sax), Tiago Sousa (keys & percussion) and Travassos (tapes and electronics), using amplified objects and circuit bending amidst acoustic and electric sources that blends melodic sound sources in rich and unexpected ways. ... Click to View


Filipe Felizardo : Guitar Soli for the Moa and the Frog (Shhpuma)

The third solo venture for Lisbon-based guitarist and visual artist Filipe Felizardo, performing without effects and loops over a lush and spare framework, for a "ghost blues meditation" in 8 movements of focused, beautifully paced and sonically oriented playing. ... Click to View


Marco Eneidi / Damon Smith / Peter Kowald: Ghetto Calypso (Not Two Records)

17 succinct improvisations recorded in 2000 from the trio of the late and legendary German free improvising bassist Peter Kowald, West Coast bassist Damon Smith, and alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi, powerful and lyrical improv with a nod to Ayler amidst brilliant playing. ... Click to View


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. ... Click to View


Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith: Background Information (Balance Point Acoustics)

Houston based guitarist Sandy Ewen met BPA label leader, bassist Damon Smith to record these open-minded improvisations in the studio, with Smith also using 7 string electric upright bass, laptop, and field recordings played in real time. ... Click to View


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. ... Click to View


Ghost Trees: The New Gravity (Future Recordings)

The 1st proper Ghost Trees full-length release from the duo of Brent Bagwell on tenor sax and Seth Nanaa on drums, presenting 8 songs honed during a year-long, cross-country tour, with the duo in tight communication in restrained and assertive improv with a wide range of influences. ... Click to View


Jessica Pavone: Knuckle Under [VINYL] (TAIGA)

Jessica Pavone's recent solo works for viola and voice stem from years of concentrated long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration, combining her long tone rituals with delay, understated melodies and sparse lyrical content. ... Click to View


Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza: Eroina [VINYL] (Holidays Records)

A 1971 recording from this early Italian free improvising group featuring Ennio Morricone, a series of haunting improvisations, each inspired by the effects of a different drug, made of electronic glitches, skronky horns, pounded piano, funky drums, and tape experiments. ... Click to View


Eleh: Homage [3 CDs] (Important Records)

Eleh's Homage series remastered for CD, allowing all frequency combinations to be heard, presenting 3 CDs lovingly dedicated to hypnotic square waves, rippling sine waves and triangle/saw tooth waveforms in slowly moving and meditative compositions. ... Click to View


Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor: A Life Is a Billion Heartbeats [VINYL] (Discrepant)

Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek rebetika music from early 20th century, using a combination and juxtaposition of rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations. ... Click to View


Klezmerson: Amon: The Book Of Angels Volume 24 (Tzadik)

Tzadik's series reinterpreting John Zorn's Masada compositions releases the 24th "Book of Angels", performed by Klezmerson, a Mexico-based ensemble led by violist & composer Benjamin Shwartz, who founded the group in 2003 to integrate music from a Mexican standpoint. ... Click to View


Ikue Mori: Light In The Shadow (Tzadik)

A beautifully paced and uniquely voiced album of electronic soundscapes from luminary New York performer Ikue Mori, 10 works including a realization of Izumi Kyoka's story "Koya Hijuri", 3 pieces for Mozu birds, the 2-part "Pomegranate Seeds", and one of Zorn's Masada compositions. ... Click to View


John Zorn: Hen To Pan (Tzadik)

A chamber ensemble led by cellist Jay Campbell presents 3 realizations of Zorn's composition for 2 celli "Ouroboros" (2 with percussionist Tyshawn Sorey) along with his canonic puzzle "Occam's Razor" and the ten metaphysical ambiguities comprising the piano trio "The Aristos" . ... Click to View


Kali Fasteau Z (with Jordan / Rozie / Parran / McBee): Piano Rapture (Flying Note)

New York pianist Kali Z. Fasteau in a quintet with L. Mixashawn Rozie on sax, flute, and djembe, Kidd Jordan on tenor sax, J.D. Parran on flute and clarinet, and Ron McBee on percussion, a beautiful journey in jazz that borrows from the past while looking to the future. ... Click to View

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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.


Harris Eisenstadt (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser)
Golden State II
(Songlines)

Live recordings at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival from drummer Harris Eisenstadt's excellent and lyrical Golden State chamber jazz ensemble, here as a quartet with Michael Moore on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Mark Dresser on bass.


Mario Pavone
Blue Dialect
(Clean Feed)

A beautiful jazz trio record from New York collaborators Mario Pavone, who provided all of the compositions except for one group improvisation, with Matt Mitchell on piano and Tyshawn Sorey on drums; lyrical, lovely, and sophisticated music.


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.


Roscoe Mitchell (with Craig Taborn / Kikanju Baku)
Conversations I
(Wide Hive)

The trio of AACM legend Roscoe Mitchell on sax and flute, Craig Taborn on piano, organ and synth, and Kikanju Baku on drums & percussion, in the first of two "conversational" albums of advanced and dynamic improv in a forceful and captivating set of group compositions.


Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Steve Swell)
At Constellation
(Circulasione)

The well-traveled and nearly telephathic Norwegian trio of reedist Frode Gjerstad performing on alto sax and clarinet with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Jon Rune Strom are joined by NY trombonist Steve Swell for a live concert at at Constellation in Chicago, 2014.


Bailey / Butcher / Robair
Scrutables
(Weight of Wax)

John Butcher and Derek Bailey performed together starting in 1989, and in 2000 the duo was joined by percussionist Gino Robair for this studio session at Moat Studios, London.


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.


Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide
The Last Train
(Fataka)

UK free improvising drummer Roger Turner meets Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide at the Hara Museum, Tokyo in the winter of 2013 for a performance that balances introspective improvisation with assertive and authoritative playing for a captivating and dynamic album.


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.


Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke
Two City Blues PT 2
(Trost Records)

One of two sets recorded on one intense night at Tokyo's Shinjuku Pit Inn from the trio of Japanese improvised rock legend Haino Keiji, European Free Jazz saxophone master Peter Brotzmann, and versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke.


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.


Andrew Barker / Paul Dunmall / Tim Dahl
Luddite
(New Atlantis)

During Paul Dunmall's visit for the NY Vision Festival 2012 he joined drummer Andrew Barker in his studio, adding bassist Tim Dahl for several pieces, for an album of assertive improvisation that's as informed by masterful technique as it is by impulsive drive.


Arcane Device
Noise Matrix Mantras / Modular Waves [2 CDs]
(pulsewidth)

After more than 20 years David Myers revives Arcane Device with this 2 disc set, applying his fascinating approach to feedback and electronic music through 14 live tracks using a noise matrix, and 4 larger works using modular waves.


Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
Eroina [VINYL]
(Holidays Records)

A 1971 recording from this early Italian free improvising group featuring Ennio Morricone, a series of haunting improvisations, each inspired by the effects of a different drug, made of electronic glitches, skronky horns, pounded piano, funky drums, and tape experiments.


Deux Maisons
For Sale
(Clean Feed)

Deux Maisons (Two Houses) is a chamber jazz quartet bringing together French and Portuguese players of the current generation: from France, 2 brothers, Theo & Valentin Ceccaldi (violin and cello); from Portugal, Luis Vicente (trumpet) & Marco Franco (drums).


Pascal Niggenkemper
Look With Thine Ears
(Clean Feed)

Ever-active bassist Pascal Niggenkemper in his first solo album of riveting and intriguing double bass work, from agressive to contemplative and immersive improvisations using work using bass preparations to transform the instrument and make us rethink its potential.


Birgit Ulher / Leonel Kaplan
Stereo Trumpet
(Relative Pitch)

Recordings of two German trumpeters--Birgit Uhler and Leonel Kaplan--both using extended techniques and modern instrumental language, splitting their recordings between the left and right channels for clarity in their fascinating and unconventional dialogs.


Assif Tsahar / Nakatani, Tatsuya
Come Sunday
(Hopscotch Records)

Performing at Astor Place in the East Village, NYC every Sunday for 3 years prior to this recording created the unique sound and tight interactions of these remarkable recordings.


Frode Gjerstad
East Of West
(Circulasione)

The nearly telepathic rapport between Norwegians Frode Gjerstad (sax), Paal Nilssen-Love (percussion) and Jon Rune Strom (bass) was captured in Stavanger, Norway in 2011, six group improvisations of succinct and spectacular free music.


Evan Parker / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
(psi)

London's fiercest free improvising saxophonist Evan Parker meets Downtown New York cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Peter Evans for a series of superb duos and trios on "The Bleeding Edge".


Joe McPhee
Nation Time: The Complete Recordings [4 CD BOX]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Joe McPhee's landmark 1970 album in a beautiful 4-CD box set reissue, with 3 CDs presenting music leading up to the album's release, including tracks previously unreleased on CD (or in any format), and an extensive booklet with photos, interviews and liner notes.


Derek Bailey / Trevor Watts / John Stevens
Dynamics of the Impromptu
(FMR)

Live recordings from 1973-74 from the trio of drummer John Stevens, guitarist Derek Bailey, and saxophonist Trevor Watts, dynamic works performed "impromptu" with a wealth of ideas as these innovators demonstrate the skills that helped define them as masterful players.


Kinya Sogawa
Playing Bamboo
(Animul)

Kinya Sogawa is one of the most outstanding shakuhachi performers in Japan today, and is also one of Japan's finest shakuhachi makers, here in an album of masterful performance on one of his own instruments.


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