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February 21, 2020

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   Creative Artists

• Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
• Francois Carrier/Tomek Gadecki/Matcin Bozek/Michel Lambert
• John Carter Octet
• Werner Dafeldecker
• Decoy (Alexander Hawkins/John Edwards/Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee
• Jean Derome
• Gabriel Dharmoo
• Ensemble SuperMusique/Symon Henry
• Frederick Galiay (Viard/Sebastien/Boudart/Galiay)
• Georg Graewe [solo]
• Georg Graewe Quintet
• Laboratorio Della Quercia
• Leap Of Faith
• Gen Montgomery Ken
• Prevost/Solberg/Pettersen/Moore/Brice/Hardie-Bick
• Philip Samartzis/Eric La Casa
• Skeleton Crew (Frith/Cora)
• Thollem/Parker/Cline
• Turbulence
• Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Alternative Fox
Ambiances Magnetiques
Ayler
Black Saint Vinyl
Cronica
ESP
Evil Clown
FMR

    
(no label)
Otoroku
Random Acoustics
ReR Vinyl
Riot Season
Room40
Split Rock Records
Tribe Tapes

    

    





   Jazz & Improvisation

Carrier, Francois / Tomek Gadecki / Matcin Bozek / Michel Lambert: Wide
(FMR)


A burning album of collective free jazz from Canadian compatriots Francois Carrier on alto saxophone and Michel Lambert on drums, on a spring tour of Europe, performing at Poland's MOZG in Byrgoszcz, home of the MOZG Festival, with Polish tenor saxophonist Tomasz Gadecki amd bassist Marcin Bozen, also on French Horn, in an exhilarating set of three extended improvisations.
   
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Carter, John Octet: Dauwhe [VINYL]
(Black Saint Vinyl)


A much-needed reissue of John Carter's 1982 LP "Dauwhe", the first chapter in his "Roots and Folklore" saga, a 5-part epic through African American heritage, performed with Carter himself on clarinet, Bobby Bradford (cornet), James Newton (flute), Charles Owens (sax, oboe & clarinet), Red Callender (tuba), Roberto Miranda (bass), William Jeffrey (drums), and Luis Peralta (percussion).
   
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Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee: AC/DC
(Otoroku)


The UK Decoy trio of John Edwards (bass), Steve Noble (drums) and Alexander Hawkins (keys) joins forces with pocket trumpet and saxophone player Joe McPhee during McPhee's residency at London's Cafe OTO, recording these two huge sets of brilliant free improv, Hawkins performing on organ adding a unique and soulful tone to a set that balances powerful energy with innate lyricism.
 
Squidco Pick

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Derome, Jean: Somebody Special
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Drawing on the work of Steve Lacy's quintet, Montreal saxophonist Jean Derome pays homage to the late saxophonist through a selection of 9 Lacy pieces with lyrics from Brion Gysin, Lao Tseu, Herman Melville, &c, in a quintet with Derome on alto sax, bass flute & voice, Karen Young providing vocals, Alexandre Grogg on piano, Normand Guilbeault on bass, & Pierre Tanguay on drums.
 
Squidco Pick

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Ensemble SuperMusique / Symon Henry: voir dans le vent qui hurle les étoiles rire et rire
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Montreal's true supergroup since 1998 with many of the city's essential Musique Actuelle performers and composers, directed by Danielle Palardy Roger and including Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Scott Thomson, Lori Freedman, Alexander St. Onge, &c. &c., as they take on a piece by Quebec composer Symon Henry, performed in an exceptional concert in the Chapel in Bon-Pasteur.
 
Squidco Pick

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Galiay, Frederick (Viard / Sebastien / Boudart / Galiay): Time Elleipsis
(Ayler)


Dramatic, darkly thrilling music with moments of sheer beauty from French electric bassist Frederick Galiay and his Camaeleo Vulgaris ensemble, a sextet performing Galiay's compositions in a potent mix of electric guitar, electrified baritone sax, synthesizer, and two drummer/percussionists, recorded after a dozen live concerts honing the material to this riveting studio version.
 
Squidco Pick

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Graewe, Georg Quintet: Amsterdam, October 1998
(Random Acoustics)


Recorded in concert at Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum in 1998, legendary pianist Georg Graewe's Quartet with Frank Gratkowski on alto saxophone & clarinet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Hamid Drake on drums present a tour-de-force of passion, technique and creative drive in an epic 53 minute improvisation from high energy to reflective stretches; superb!
 
Squidco Pick

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Graewe, Georg: Stills And Stories
(Random Acoustics)


German pianist and Euro Free Jazz stalwart Georg Graewe in a solo work, released a decade after his previous solo album, presenting a remarkable set of succinct compositions balancing astonishing technical skills with beautifully expressive playing, presented in several series of "stills" and "stories".
   
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Laboratorio Della Quercia: Laboratorio Della Quercia [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Alternative Fox)


Documenting the 12-day Italian experimental jazz festival at the ancient amphitheater Tasso della Quercia in 1978, revolving around Italian improvisers Tommaso Vittorini, Eugenio Colombo, Maurizio Giammarco, Alberto Corvini, Danilo Terenz, with visiting players Steve Lacy, Steve Potts, and Evan Parker, trombonist Roswell Rudd, pianist Frederick Rzewski, and drummer Noel McGhee.
   
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Leap Of Faith: Cosmic Distance Ladder
(Evil Clown)


The core trio of the Leap of Faith Orchestra comprising multi-reedist & wind player David Peck, also on percussive devices, with Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic and voice, and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussions, with special guests Kat Dobbins on trombone and Bob Moores on trumpet & flugelhorn, in an evolving set of strong harmonic, percussive & lyrical interaction.
   
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Prevost / Solberg / Pettersen / Moore / Brice / Hardie-Bick: Plumes of Ash in Moonlight [2 CDs]
(Split Rock Records)


Bringing together two innovative improvising percussionists--Eddie Prevost of AMM fame, and Stale Liavik Solberg (VCDC, John Butcher)--for a studio album of wide-ranging and sometimes hair-raising electroacoustic improvisation, recorded live and unedited with Olie Brice on double bass, Tony Hardie-Bick on piano & tapes, Ed Pettersen on lap steel, and NO Moore on guitar.
 
Squidco Pick

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Thollem / Parker / Cline: Gowanus Sessions II [VINYL]
(ESP)


Free collective improvisation with an electronic edge from the trio of Nels Cline, double bassist William Parker and pianist Thollem McDonas, following up on their 2012 "Gowanus Session I" recorded in the same studio space, here expanding on the 1st session's shorter works with two large and evolving improvisations that balance reflective moments with intensive playing.
   
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Turbulence: Eddy Flux
(Evil Clown)


The extended horn section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra from the Boston-area collective led by reedist/multi-instrumentalist David Peck, here with PEK on an assortment of saxophones, clarinets, flutes, game calls and percussion, the other horns from Michael Caglianone on sax, game calls, wind sirens and percussion, with drums, bells, bowls and other percussion from Yuri Zbitnoff.
   
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Vandermark, Ken / Paal Nilssen-Love Duo: AMR
(NO LABEL)


The long-running duo of Chicago saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark and Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love are heard in this live concert at AMR in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018, performing the first four letters of the alphabet ("A", "B", "C" & "D"), each letter a unique creative approach in evolving their remarkable and enthralling dialogs.
   
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   Experimental/Electronic

Dafeldecker, Werner: Parallel Darks [VINYL]
(Room40)


Viennese-born, Berlin-based electro-acoustic composer Werner Dafeldecker (Polwechsel, Fennesz, &c) creates an intense and beautiful musique concrete and acousmatic journey in two parts, examining "perspective, extreme subjectivity and the specters that haunt our auditory worlds" through mysterious sound and enveloping sonic construction, a profound and riveting work.
 
Squidco Pick

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Montgomery, Gen Ken: Endogeny [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)


Sound and visual artist Gen Ken Montgomery released this album on cassette on the Directions Music label in 1990, here reissued in 2020; the two side-long pieces were performed live and then remixed, creating a fascinating and elaborate tapestry of tapes, concrete and mechanical sounds alongside instrumentation of percussion, violin, voice, &c.
   
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Samartzis, Philip / Eric La Casa : Captured Space [CASSETTE]
(Cronica)


Kruger National Park in the north-east corner of South Africa is the subject of Eric La Casa and Philip Samartzis's audio exploration, using field recordings made over 10 days in and around the park, and taking them into the studio to organize them into an aural representation of the park's exotic mystery, placidity and tension, with a tinge of the modern world nearby.
   
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Minstrel In The Galaxy [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(RIOT SEASON)


First-ever vinyl release of this 2004 album, with a then-new quartet lineup of the band including the core trio of Makoto Kawabata (Guitar), Atsushi Tsuyama (monster bass), Hiroshi Higashi (guitar and effects), replacing Cotton Casino with drummer Hajime Koie from the band Mainliner, AMT creating an evolving psychedelic journey of touchstones & prog force.
   
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Skeleton Crew (Frith / Cora): Learn to Talk [VINYL]
(ReR Vinyl)


Reissuing the first of two albums from the NY collaboration of guitarist Fred Frith and cellist Tom Cora, both providing vocals, percussion, violin, & bass, in a classic example of Downtown NY genre-merging of improvisation and rock with a vicious edge, in smart songs and even smarter instrumental sections, an insanely inventive and intelligent album as vital now as it was then.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Compositional

Dharmoo, Gabriel : Quelques fictions
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Stunningly unusual vocal music from composer, music researcher and vocalist based in Montreal, Gabriel Dharmoo, collecting works from 2012 to 2019, performed with small and large ensembles using almost completely wordless voice, utterance, guttural sound, swoops and, melodic flights, augmented with physical percussion like stamping and clamping; brilliant and enthralling.
   
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Eugene Chadbourne :
Solo Guitar Volume 4-1/3 [VINYL]
(Feeding Tube Records)


Sven-Ake Johansson :
Schlingerland / Dynamische Schwingungen [VINYL]
(Cien Fuegos)


Last Dream Of The Morning (Butcher / Edwards / Sanders):
Crucial Anatomy
(Trost Records)


Snekkestad / Fernandez / Guy:
The Swiftest Traveler
(Trost Records)


Snekkestad / Fernandez / Guy:
The Swiftest Traveler [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

 


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