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Recent Squidco & Squid's Ear Updates:

Sprawl: Sprawl [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Intense and beautifully harsh improvisation from drummer Michael Wertmuller (16-17, Alboth!, Full Blast) with Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Stephan Wittwer (guitar), Alex Buess (reeds & electronics), and William Parker (bass), originally released on CD in 1997. ... Click to View


Russell / Beresford / Edwards / Liavik Solberg: Will It Float? [VINYL] (VA FONGOOL)

Norwegian drummer Stale Liavik Solberg leads this quartet with prominent British improvisers, guitarist John Russell, bassist John Edwards, and Steve Beresford on electronics and objects, the latter adding an unusual edge to superb interactive playing. ... Click to View


Gallio / Rupp: Fasane Hula Punk (Rapid Moment)

The duo of electric guitarist Olaf Rupp and soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio in a set of 13 studio improvisations, restrained and thoughtful dialog of great technical skill and unusual tonal approaches to both instruments. ... Click to View


Yannis Kyriakides + Andy Moor: A Life Is A Billion Heartbeats (Unsounds)

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


Charlemagne Palestine & Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra: ggrrreeebbbaaammmnnnuuuccckkkaaallloooww!!! [VINYL] (Important Records)

The 2nd night of Charlemagne Palestine residency at London's Cafe OTO, collaborating with Grumbling Fur--Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker--in a ritualistic performance using crystalware, processed strings, live tape manipulations, Indian harmonium, Fisher-Price toys, &c. ... Click to View


SAKA: Posh?! (FMR)

The free improvising tree of bassist Jon Rune Strom (Frode Gjerstad Trio, Paal Nilssen-Love, &c), tenor saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts and percussionist Dag Erik Knedal Andersen, fiery free jazz with great technical skills and an oddly playful side. ... Click to View


Ian Watson / Susie Hodder-Williams : The Tao Of Homeopathy (FMR)

A meditative double CD with subtle flavours of flute and gamelan accompanying a reading by Ian Watson, the author of the Tao of Homeopathy exploring the philosophies and practices of homeopathy and Taoism."-Susie Hodder-Williams ... Click to View


Marcin Masecki : Variations (Bolt)

Composer & pianist Marcin Masecki wrote this work, inspired by Frederic Rzewski and presenting variations on the Chilean song "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido" (The town united will never be defeated) and invited pianist Piotr Nowicki to perform it for this recording. ... Click to View


Gintas K: Blind Man Tales (Bolt)

Gintas K, in a moment of frustration, took more than 40 elements from some recent work he was preparing and put them into multichannel software which, with a few corrections, became this surprising and complex work of organized and detailed sound. ... Click to View


Candelaria Valiente Saenz / Marcin Masecki: Hymnen (Bolt)

Based on the anthems of nations that have endured recent struggles, from the duo of Marcin Masecki on keys and Candelaria Saenz Valiente on vocals and percussion, embraceable songs with unusual structures paying tribute to the beautiful themes for each nation. ... Click to View


Arturas Bumsteinas : Different Trains (Bolt)

A collection of experimental, electroacoustic, and comprovized works of composer, sound artist, performer, and improviser Arturas Bumsteinas, inspired by Central European cultural landscape, including a radio play Wielka improwizacja commisioned by Bolt Records. ... Click to View


Joanna Sokolowska Halszka: Msza (Bolt)

A chamber opera by Joanna Halszka Sokolowska at Opera// REMIX at Komuna// Warszawa, using sung and spoken voice, piano, and a variety of tonal instruments to present an intriguing set of variations informed by numerological methods, scientific statistics, &c.. ... Click to View


Alexander Schlippenbach Von Trio: Pakistani Pomade [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Andy Moor: Experiments With A Leaf (Unsounds)

Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog. ... Click to View


L'Ensemble Volta: Les Nuages de Magellan (Recommended Records)

ReR's 3rd collection featuring the ondes Martenot, an early electronic musical instrument invented in 1928 by cellist Maurice Martenot; this volume, performed by the 4 piece L'Ensemble Volta + Antoine Alerinie is dedicated to Spectralist composer Tristan Murail. ... Click to View


John Greaves / Peter Blegvad / Lisa Herman : Kew Rhone (Recommended Records)

Taking Rock In Opposition into difficult territory, Peter Blegvad and John Greave's song cycle is a perplexing and rewarding album blending literature with rock and jazz forms, performed in an ensemble including Carla Bley and Michael Mantler; an intricate masterwork. ... Click to View


Stepmother (Simonis / Visser / Gilonis / Kerman): Calvary Greetings (Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead)

Bringing together members from RIO-oriented bands like Vril, AA Kismet, The Work, Hat Shoes, Hail, 5uus, Present, & Thinking Plague, Stepmother presents a strange conglomerate of styles in short songs with twisted elements, strange intent, and superb playing. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho: Demon Box [VINYL 2 LPs] (Rune Grammofon)

Still the favorite of many Motorpsycho fans, the iconic "Demon Box" was also this Norwegian rock band's breakthrough album from the early 90s, hard-edged prog oriented rock (think Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), presented in its original 2 LP format on 180 gm vinyl. ... Click to View


Beatriz Ferreyra : GRM Works [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Electronic composer Beatriz Ferreyra was a pioneer alongside Pierre Schaeffer, developing the famous Music Theory of the Sounding Object in the 50s, and continued to compose with Bernard Baschet and his Structures Sonores, holding residencies at Dartmouth College. ... Click to View


Michel Redolfi: Pacific Tubular Waves/Immersion [VINYL] (Recollection GRM)

Electroacoustic landscape composer Michel Redolfi in a work for Synclavier digital synthesizer recorded between 1979 & 1980, attempting to musically translate his research on underwater sound in the Pacific, from the movement of rolling waves to its depths. ... Click to View


The Necks: The Necks Box [8 CD BOX SET] (Recommended Records)

Formed in Australia the late 1980s by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton, the Necks play post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything, slowly morphing improvised music, here in a limited numbered box set presenting 8 of their CDs from the UK Recommended Records label. ... Click to View


Reinhold Friedl : Golden Quinces, Earthed For Spatialised Neo-Bechstein (Bocian)

Reinhold Friedl performs on one of the last remaining of 150 Neo-Bechstein amplified Grand Pianos, using unusual recording techniques to find unexpected sonic aspects to the instrument, producing a dark ambient and industrial work of great intensity. ... Click to View


Alva Noto: Xerrox Vol. 3 (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


Eric La Casa: W2 (1998-2008) [2 CDs] (Herbal International)

A journey in sound from composer Eric La Casa, who organized these recordings of water and wind captured over 12 years as a sonic journal of the various geographic locations he visited, transforming them into an absorbing story about the living world. ... Click to View


John Zorn: The Song Project Live At LPR (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, first released as a 7" box set, and now here in red velvet covered CD package from a live performance in NYC, 2015. ... Click to View


Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance: Synovial Joints (Pi Recordings)

Composer and alto saxophonist Steve Coleman in a superb modern jazz album, written by applying characteristics of human synovial joints to compositional process, and using "camouflage orchestration" to orchestrate players into the fore-, middle- and background. ... Click to View


Graham Lambkin / Michael Pisaro: Schwarze Riesenfalter (erstwhile)

Balancing active organized sound worlds from Graham Lambkin with Wandelweiser discretion from Michael Pisaro in five tracks that punctuate concrete sound compositions with Feldman-esque piano progressions, bound together by a short poem; captivating and elusive. ... Click to View


Jeph Jerman / Tim Barnes: Matterings (erstwhile)

The pairing of eccentric sound artist Jeph Jerman with Quakebasket label leader/percussionist Tim Barnes, using unidentifiable sound sources, field recordings, and the occasional acoustic instrument to create unique, curious and absorbing environments. ... Click to View


Eric La Casa / Taku Unami: Parazoan Mapping (erstwhile)

Using "recordings" and "devices", this is the first release from the long-standing collaboration of Eric La Casa and Taku Umani, 15 untitled tracks of curious and subtly discursive sound work recorded in a diverse set of locations. ... Click to View


Ingar Zach / Miguel Angel Tolosa: Loner (Sofa)

Using electronics, field recordings, and acoustic percussion, the duo of Ingar Zach and Miguel Angel Tolosa (Ubeboet) create murky soundscapes punctuated and driven by percussion and ringing tones, rich ea-improv using tone and drones to envelope the listener. ... Click to View

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Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano Duo
All The Ghosts At Once
(Relative Pitch)


Matana Roberts
Always
(Relative Pitch)


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


Rothenberg / Buck / Takeishi / Tronzo
The Fell Clutch
(Animul)


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".


John Butcher / Andy Moor
Experiments With A Leaf
(Unsounds)

Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog.


Mats Gustafsson / Merzbow / Balazs Pandi / Thurston Moore
Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper [2 CDs]
(Rarenoise Records)

The followup to "Cuts" by Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi, adding Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore to create a supergroup of vicious sonic improvisation spanning 4 nations.


Matthew Shipp Trio
To Duke
(RogueArt)

Pianist Matthew Shipp's trio with Whit Dickey on drums and Michael Bisio on bass, take on Duke's Ellington's classic compositions, adding free elements and unexpected angles without losing the melodic charm of these classic jazz standards; recommended.


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.


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.


Common Objects: Butcher / Davies / Davies / Patterson
Whitewashed with Lines [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

A double CD featuring two extended live performances by the electroacoustic quartet of John Butcher (sax), Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (harps) & Lee Patterson (amplifed devices), one an improv from Durham in 2013, the other a graphic score from Newcastle, 2014.


Matthew Shipp / Mat Walerian Duo
The Uppercut: Live At Okuden
(ESP)

New York pianist Matthew Shipp in a live concert at Okunden Music Concert Series in 2015 with Polish woodwind player Mat Walerian, performing on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute; 10 lyrical and beautifully paced original jazz compositions.


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".


Satoko Fujii Orchestra Berlin
Ichigo Ichie
(Libra)

Pianist Satoko Fujii's large ensemble blending masterful Japanese and Euro players like Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Natsuka Tamura with Matthias Schubert, Gebhard Ullmann, &c., with Fujii's compositions amazingly flexible frameworks that lend themselves to great soloing and ensemble playing.


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.


Alexander Schlippenbach Von Trio
Pakistani Pomade [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)

One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover.


The Necks
The Necks Box [8 CD BOX SET]
(Recommended Records)

Formed in Australia the late 1980s by Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton, the Necks play post-jazz, post-rock, post-everything, slowly morphing improvised music, here in a limited numbered box set presenting 8 of their CDs from the UK Recommended Records label.


Paul Lytton
?!
(Pleasure of the Text Records)


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.


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.


Mats Gustafsson w/ John Russell & Phil Minton
a duo(s) [VINYL]
(Bocian)


Kaze
Uminari
(Circum-Libra)

Natsuki Tamura & Christian Pruvost on trumpets, Satoko Fuji on piano and Peter Orins on drums for a quartet where all members are active compositional contributors, creating a powerful ensemble sound with strong soloing using modern creative techniques; excellent!


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.


RED Trio
Live in Munich [CASSETTE with download code]
(Astral Spirits)

Two excellent side-long tracks from an incredible show in Munich recorded in April 2014 from Portugal's free improvising Red Trio of Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums), their first release on a US label.


John Zorn
The Song Project Live At LPR
(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, first released as a 7" box set, and now here in red velvet covered CD package from a live performance in NYC, 2015.


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