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November 25, 2015
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• Musicworks
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• Uwe Oberg
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• Evan Parker /
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• Claudio Sanna
• Steerage
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     (Simon Jermyn)
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• Veryan Weston /
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• Kenny Wheeler /
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• John Zorn
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     Fox /

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Bjorkenheim, Raoul / eCsTaSy: Out Of The Blue

Ecstatic modern improvised music from electric guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheims quartet with drummer Markku Ounaskari, bassist Jori Huhtala, and saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen, in their second album blending complex time signatures with beautiful sonic environments.
Squidco Pick

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Braxton, Anthony : Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993, 2nd Set

Remaster of the exhilarating second set from saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton's concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, 1993, one of 7 nights performing with the quartet of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion.
Squidco Pick

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Braxton, Anthony / Derek Bailey: First Duo Concert (London 1974)

A much-need reissue of the 1974 Emanem LP presenting saxophonist Anthony Baxton, also on flute, with guitarist Derek Bailey on acoustic and electric, performing at London's Wigmore Hall for twelve duets of a diverse, playful, and accesible character.
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Heberer, Thomas / Achim Kaufmann / Ken Filiano: Interstices

Each member of this free improvising trio--trumpeter Thomas Heberer, pianist and prepared pianist Achim Kaufmann, and double bassist/prepared bassist Ken Filiano--contributes challenging compositions to this sophisticated album recorded at Firehouse 12.
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Lacy, Steve Quintet: Last Tour (2004)

The Steve Lacy Quintet's final tour with vocalist Irene Aebi, trombonist George Lewis, bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel and drummer John Betsch, performing live in Boston for an impressive set punctuated with words from Burroughs, Waldman, Kaufman, Creeley & Schelling.
Squidco Pick

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Midnight Doctors:

A long-term studio project/mutant big band merging collage, scored pieces, structured improvisations, cut-up jams, hi- and lo-fi textures, electroacoustic work, and location recording into large and wonderfully unpredictable compositions with few boundaries.
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Midnight Doctors: Through A Screen And Into A Hole

A long-term studio project/mutant big band merging collage, scored pieces, structured improvisations, cut-up jams, hi- and lo-fi textures, electroacoustic work, and location recording into large and wonderfully unpredictable compositions with few boundaries.
Squidco Pick

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Necks, The: Vertigo
(Northern Spy)

The Necks 18th album finds the trio of drummer/percussionist Tony Buck, bassist Lloyd Swanton and pianist/keyboardist Chris Abrahams in a vertiginous 44 minute dark excursion punctuated by cliff hanging moments through homemade instruments and unusual textures.
Squidco Pick

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Necks, The: Vertigo [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

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Oberg, Uwe : Work

German pianist Uwe Oberg (Lacy Pool, Uwe Oberg Quartet, Kooperative New Jazz) in a solo album performing works of Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and his own original work, applying a diverse set of approaches rooted in jazz tradition.
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Ochs, Larry: The Fictive Five

West Coast multi-reedist and founding member of the Rova Sax Quartet Larry Ochs leads this impressive free improvising quintet patterned after the New York Contemporary Five, with the superb lineup of Nate Wooley, Harris Eisenstadt, Pascal Niggenkemper, and Ken Filiano.
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Evan / Schlippenbach / Lytton: America 2003 [2 CDs] REPRESS

Concert recordings from the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans and the Seattle Asian Arts Museum from the trio of Evan Parker (sax), Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano) and Paul Lytton (percussion), 2 CDs of stunning and surprising improv from three masters of the form.
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Evan: The Snake Decides [REPRESS]

Re-issuing UK improvising saxophonist Evan Parker's stunning 2003 solo release on soprano sax, recorded in 1986 in St. Paul's Church, Oxford by the late Michael Gerzon--"a giant in the field of audio"--using the natural resonance of the space to augment Parker's incredible technique.
Squidco Pick

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Riggs, Christopher / Carl Testa: Sn (S to the power of n, or Sⁿ)
(Gold Bolus Recordings)

New Haven instrumentalist Carl Testa and Chicago guitarist Christopher Riggs in a large composition for prepared electric guitar and live electronic processing that references Ashley, Stockhausen and Braxton while manipulating one's sense of time, space, and memory.
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Sanna, Claudio : Ammentos

Sardinian pianist Claudio Sanna, versed equally in the classical, jazz, and electroacoustic traditions, in his debut recording of 8 original compositions blending composition and improvisation, revealing an enthusiastic and curious approach to music.
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Taylor, Cecil : Garden, 2nd Set

The second set of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over five improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.
Squidco Pick

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Trot A Mouse (Simon Jermyn): Pictorial Atlas Of Mammals

With Tom Rainey on drums, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, Mat Maneri on viola and leader Simon Jermyn on 6 string electric bass, Trot a Mouse's 2nd album is a sophisticated NY band blending lyrical and free approaches to a diverse set set of modern creative jazz compositions.
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Van Hove / Jacquemyn / Smith: Burns Longer
(Balance Point Acoustics)

European Free improvising legend Fred Van Hove performing on piano and accordion with two bassists--fellow Belgian Peter Jacquemyn, and West Coast bassist Damon Smith--for an album of dizzying flights and growling bass turning convention on its side in sensational ways.
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Weston, Veryan / Jon Rose / Hannah Marshall: Tuning Out [2 CDs]

Improvised pieces for tracker action organs and strings recorded in five English churches from the trio of violinist Jon Rose, Veryan Weston on tracker action organ, and cellist Hannah Marshall, inviting the public to re-imagine the nature of pitch relationships.
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Wheeler, Kenny / John Taylor: On The Way To Two

A tribute to the passing of both trumpet and flugelhorn Kenny Wheeler and long-time collaborator, pianist John Taylor, in a subtle conversation of two partners with superb skill and taste "suggesting, agreeing, mildly disagreeing, but never at cross purposes".
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Zorn, John: James Moore Plays The Book Of Heads (CD/DVD) Of A Film By Stephen Taylor

Zorn's "The Book of Heads" is performed by guitarist James Moore, heard on CD and seen in a DVD by Stephen Taylor, using prepared guitar to interpret Zorn's hermetic language of meticulously notated sounds inspired by contemporary classical extended techniques.
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Drumm, Kevin / Jason Lescalleet: Busman's Holiday

A meditation on the inner mental environments that one encounters and endures during times of work-related travel, intended as a distraction in airports, bus stations, train stations, subway terminals, &c, reflected in literal and abstract sound for a mix of patience and terror.
Squidco Pick

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Kawaguchi, Takahiro / Utah Kawasaki: Amorphous Spores

Unusual sound work from the Japanese duo of Takahiro Kawaguchi and Utah Kawasaki (Astro Twin), using self-made instruments and electronics to create unexpected sonic emissions that follow curious paths separated by periods of quiet or textural sound.
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Kawng, Goh Lee / Julien Ottavi: Pukul Berapa?
(Herbal International)

Goh Lee Kwang performing on no-input mixer meets Julien Ottavi on TamTam, bass drum and a computer running Puredata and Apodio 10 for an album of electronic improvisation recorded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Nantes, France, balancing agressive and meditative sound.
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MIRT: Solitaire

Tomek Mirt resurrects the memory of Norwegian composer Arne Nordheimie through this five part work of slowly shifting electronics, tense atmospheres, and gentle murmurs, detailed work that reveals its meditative depth through repeated listenings.
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Steerage: Entropy Is What The State Makes Of It

An album of tones and tonal environments from Barry Chabala and A.F. Jones, using guitars and effects to create slowly moving tones punctuated with unusual utterances of unknown origin; rich and curiously non-specific sound that lives in the back- and foreground.
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Zs (Hillmer / Fox / Higgins): XE
(Northern Spy)

Sam Hillmer's NY based Z's in a trio format, with Hillmer on sax & electronics, Patrick Higgins on guitar & electronics, and Greg Fox on percussion & electronics, for an album of energetic and often abstracted beats, hyperkinetic electronics, and strange tonal music.
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Kolberg, Kare : Attitudes

Kare Kolberg was a pioneer of electroacoustic music in Norway, having written the first Norwegian work for computers in 1973; this CD presents works from 1969-2003 written for the Polish Radio Experimentral Studio, blending and expanding on concepts of concrete music.
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Komuna// Warszawa: plays Luc Ferrari Tautologos III

A fascinating rendering of Ferrari's Tautology--everyday activities enacted in gesture, noises, words, &c.--used as a framework for a chamber work where the performers recorded their parts independently, which were then overlapped and played alongside Ferrari's tapes and narration.
Squidco Pick

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   Books & Magazines

Musicworks: #123 Fall 2015 [MAGAZINE + CD]

Features: The Expanding Universe of Yamantaka // Sonic Titan; Yamantaka // Sonic Titan; The Retro Aesthetic of Le Revelateur; JOYFULTALK (Drip Audio); Muuixx; Hard Rubber Orchestra; Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville; Allison Cameron and Contact; plus live and recorded reviews.
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John Lely and Anton Lukoszevieze:
The Harmonics of Real Strings
(Another Timbre)

Dave Burrell and Steve Swell: Turning Point (NoBusiness)

Dave Burrell and Steve Swell:
Turning Point

Tom Chant / John Edwards / Eddie Prevost: All Change (Matchless)

Tom Chant / John Edwards / Eddie Prevost:
All Change

 In Stock and Ready to Ship

We're never quite caught up with new releases that constantly come in our door, and we don't like to rush a release to our homepage. That said, the following releases have already been stocked at Squidco, and are able to be ordered. In most cases we have images, often have samples, and some basic description of each release. You can always see the latest new releases by checking our Just In Stock Section.


Rinus Alebeek van & Michael Libera:
play Alvin Lucier Chambers

Derek Bailey:
Fairly Early with Postscripts

Bardeau / Couratier / Lecinte / Lemaire:
Quaturo Machaut

Fabrizio Casti / Elio Martusciello:
Chamber Rites
(Die Schachtel)

Giovanni di Domenico / Jim O'Rourke:
Arco [VINYL]
(Die Schachtel)

Marc Ducret Trio + 3 (Chevillon / Echampard + Monniot / Blaser / Martinez):

Rudolf / Joke Lanz / GX Jupitter-Larsen / Mike Dando:
(Fragment Factory)

Fred Frith / Michel Doneda:


Game Of Patience:
Trial And Error
(Herbal International)

Hag with Dan:
(Prom Night Records)

Charlotte Hug:

Henry Kaiser / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter:
Plane Crash 2
(New Atlantis)

Jeff Kowalkowski Trio (w/ Harrison Bankhed / Avreaayl Ra):
(New Atlantis)

Slawomir Kupczak :
Res Facta

Goh Kwang Lee:
New Ear [2 CDs]
(Herbal International)

Ralf Meinz / Karolina Ossowska / Mikoelaj Paelosz:
play Giuseppe Tartini "La sonata il sol minore al terzo suono"

Charlemagne Palestine :
Organo Rinascimentale Non Temperato

Evan Parker:
The Ayes Have It

Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton:
At The Vortex

Evan Parker / John Edwards / Mark Sanders:
The Two Seasons

Evan Parker / Paul Rutherford / Hans Schneider / Paul Lytton:
Waterloo 1985

William Parker:
Great Spirit
(Aum Fidelity)

Anthony Pateras / Erkki Veltheim:
Entertainment = Control

Chris Pitsiokos Trio (Pitsiokos / Max Johnson / Shea):
Gordian Twine
(New Atlantis)

Premature Burial (Peter Evans, Matt Nelson, Dan Peck):
The Conjuring [VINYL]
(New Atlantis)

Paul Rutherford :
Chicago 2002

Paul Rutherford :
The Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie

Stefano Scodanibbio :
Incontri & Reuniones

Tomasz Sikorski / Julius Eastman:

Bone Turquoise [VINYL]
(New Atlantis)

Steve Swell's Kende Dreams (Swell/ Brown / Crothers / Parker / Taylor):
Hommage A Bartok

The Hero of Warchester:
(Prom Night Records)

Thymolphthalein :
Mad Among The Mad

Twins of El Dorado:
(Prom Night Records)

Various Artists:
Pole Reports from Space [2 CDs]

David Ware S. / Apogee:
Birth of a Being (Expanded) [2 CDs]
(Aum Fidelity)

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