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Squidco & The Squid's Ear
November 6, 2014
"In the end, improvising is what we all do.
It's how we get through life,
even within the rigid structures where we may have to work."
-Fred Frith

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Alethiometer / Gigante
Aum Fidelity
Banned Productions
Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL
Editions Mego
Gravity Wave

Hat [now] ART
Long Song Records
Northern Spy
Relative Pitch

      Creative Artists

• Ambarch, Oren
• Bobby Bradford/
     Frode Gjerstad Quartet
• Thomas Carnacki/
     Vulcanus 68
• Tom Chant/
     John Edwards/
     Eddie Prevost
• Chop Shop
• Michel Doneda
• Kevin Drumm/
     Jason Lescalleet
• Paul Dunmall/
     Philip Gibbs/
     Neil Metcalfe
• Chistopher Fox
• Jurg Frey/
     Radu Malfatti
• Fred Frith/
     John Butcher
• The Gate (feat Tim Dahl/
     Nate Wooley)
• Gen Ken & AMK
• Duncan Harrison/
     Dylan Nyoukis
• John Hudak
• Darius Jones


• Lacerda/
• Steve Lacy Four
• Fred Lonberg-Holm/
     Frode Gjerstad
• Joe McPhee
• Louis Moholo-Moholo
• Matt Nelson
• Lee Noyes
• Michael Pisaro
• Stockhausen/
     Beethoven (Pi-hsien Chen)
• Udu Calls Trio
     feat. William Parker
• Trevor Watts
• WHO Trio (Hemingway/
• Wollesen/
• John Zorn

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   Jazz & Improvisation

Bradford, Bobby / Frode Gjerstad Quartet: Silver Cornet

The last stop on the North American tour of The Bradford/Gjerstad Quartet (Bobby Bradford-cornet; Frode Gjerstad-alto sax & clarinet; Ingetbrigt Haker Flaten-bass; Frank Rosaly-drums), bridging generations through tremendous free improvisation.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Chant, Tom / John Edwards / Eddie Prevost: All Change

Recorded in concert at The Network Theatre, Waterloo in London, 2012, the trio of Tom Chant on saxophone, John Edwards on bass and Eddie Prevost on drums present a tour de force of modern free jazz with great technical and conversational power.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Doneda, Michel : Everybody Digs Michel Doneda
(Relative Pitch)

A collection of solo pieces from forward-thinking French soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda, using extended techniques and utilizing every inch of the horn, creating unconventional and captivating sonic expressions from the instrument.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe: The Ravens Look

Paul Dunmall performs on soprano sax along with clarinets and contra bassoon, in a give and take album with flutist Neil Metcalf and guitarist Philip Gibbs, a trio that allows space and a free melodic approach to guide their intelligent discourse.
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Frey, Jurg / Radu Malfatti: II

Two works, one each from trombonist Radu Malfatti and clarinetist Jurg Frey, also credited with "instruments", field recordings and couterpoints; electroacoustic reductionist work of beautiful character that unfolds slowly and rewards attentive listeners in morphing sound.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Frith, Fred / John Butcher: The Natural Order
(Northern Spy)

This album documents guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist John Butcher's first head-to-head encounter in a recording studio, two titans of their instruments playing without overdubs in a single session for remarkable creative and sonic results.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Gate, The (feat Tim Dahl / Nate Wooley): Stench [VINYL]

Massive, disturbing sound sculptures and forbidding landscapes, just what you'd expect from an album named "Stench" by tuba & amp player Dan Peck's The Gate, with Nate Wooley on trumpet & amp, Tim Dahl & Tom Blancarte on electric bass, and Brian Osborne on percussion.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola: Bota Fogo
(Bocian Records 2014/QTV/PNL)

A live recording of two extended improvisations at Audio Rebel's Quintavant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the quartet of Arthur Lacerda on guitar and electronics, electric bassist Felipe Zenicola, guitarist Eduardo Manso, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love.
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Lacy, Steve Four: Morning Joy ...Paris Live [reissue]

One night at the Paris Sunset Club by saxophonist Steve Lacy's Quartet with Steve Potts on sax, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass and Oliver Johnson on drums, performing an exuberant mix of Lacy originals and Thelonius Monk tunes, remastered & expanded for Hat's 40th Anniversary.
Squidco Pick

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Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Frode Gjerstad: Life On Sandpaper

Frode Gjerstad in a duo with long time colleague Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm for 9 pieces performed in 2012, with Gjerstad on bass saxophone, Bb and bass clarinets and Lonberg-Holm on cello; open-ended dialog of compatible approaches to free improvisation.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

McPhee, Joe: As Serious As Your Life [reissue]

In 1996, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joe McPhee's first solo release, McPhee recorded this remarkable album of solo reeds, pocket cornet, and electronics, using overdubbing to create gripping music including an homage to Miles Davis and unique versions of standards.
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Moholo-Moholo, Louis Quartet (Hawkins / Edwards / Yarde): 4 Blokes

Blue Notes drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo's quartet with three of London's finest improvisers--Jason Yarde on sax, John Edwards on bass, and Alexander Hawkins on piano--in live studio recordings of exciting and impressive structured free improv.
Squidco Pick

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Nelson, Matt: Lower Bottoms

Brooklyn saxophonist Matt Nelson in a solo album of extended saxophone techniques along with a litany of guitar effects pedals, all run through a large 70's era Peavy combo amp with real-time feedback manipulation, a unique album of muscular playing and unusual soundscape.
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Udu Calls Trio feat. William Parker: The Vancouver Tapes
(Long Song Records)

A live recording from 1999 in Vancouver, two extended improvisations from drummer Tiziano Tononi's UDU Calls Trio featuring William Parker on double bass; Tiziano Tononi on drums, congas, gong, bells & whistles; Daniele Cavallanti on saxophone, Ney flute and bells.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Watts, Trevor: Veracity

Pure Trevor Watts performing solo on the alto saxophone, showing his lyrical and technical skills in full force through 13 studio recordings, from succinct tracks of a minute in length to longer displays of powerful playing with great skill and ingenuity.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

WHO Trio (Hemingway / Wintsch / Oester): Zoo [2 CDS]

Percussionist Gerry Hemingway's Who Trio with Michel Wintsch on piano and synth, and Banz Oester on double bass and lamp, in an outstanding 2 CD release contrasting their work in acoustic improvisation with "electric" improv, albeit an unusual take on the latter.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Wollesen / Haffner / Naujo: Rasa Rasa

Rasa Rasa members Kenny Wollesen, Dalius Naujo, Jonathon Haffner and Sean Francis Conway present the ancient polyphonic vocal music of Lithuania using a mix of ensembles, reviving the infectious grooves and ancient vocal rounds, aided by new instruments devised by Wollesen.
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John: Transmigration Of The Magus

Inspired by the Gnostic philosophies of the Nag Hammadi library, Zorn invokes the mystical journey of the soul through the bardo as a tribute to the passing of Lou Reed, presented by his Gnostic Trio of Bill Frisell, Kenny Wollesen, and Carol Emanuel, plus guests.
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Ambarch, Oren: Quixotism
(Editions Mego)

With collaborators from Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA, "Quixotism" presents guitarist Ambarchi's 5 part work, built on a foundation of pulsing double-time electronic percussion, with abstracted sonic additions punctuating and building a dream-like aural environment.
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Carnacki, Thomas / Vulcanus 68: Split [VINYL]
(Alethiometer / Gigante)

A split LP from two Bay area electronic composers inspired by the masters of tape and electronic music: Vulcanus 68 in a nostalgic rendering of spliced and collaged tape techniques; and Thomas Carnacki in an engaging collage of identifiable or sinister sound.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Chop Shop: Grey Area [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Grey is the color of these murky recordings from Scott Konzelmann, AKA Chop Shop, sounding like they were recorded inside a furnace with distant punctuation occasionally contributing to the gloom of this oppressive audio environment.
     Buy      $5.95      Listen          

Drumm, Kevin / Jason Lescalleet: The Abyss

Sound and noise artists Kevin Drumm and Jason Lescalleet collaborate on this 2 CD set, a diverse set of sound pieces from slowly building drones to unsettling environments, with tapes punctuating the hallucinatory aspects of their rich and impressive aural tapestries.
Squidco Pick

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Gen Ken & AMK: Smile [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

A collaboration of NYC sound artist Gen Ken Montgomery (Generator) and West Coast sound improviser AMK (Anthony Michael King), in an extended work of electronic improvisation presented over two cassette sides, a varied program that never overloads its listeners.
     Buy      $5.95      Listen          

Harrison, Duncan / Dylan Nyoukis: The Many Great Necked / Jeer Sabbath [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

A split cassette, the first side presenting two live sets of vocals and tapes from Duncan Harrison; the second presenting Jeer Sabbath on vocals, tapes, trumpets, piano, clarinet, guitar, violin & other assorted instruments; both recording in the UK and reworking at Wino Lodge.
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Hudak, John: Listening To The Wind [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

John Hudak created "listening to the wind" using wind chimes, half of a phone conversation, and digital manipulation, splitting the work into an "inner" and "outer" side, altering the character of this murky emission.
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Noyes, Lee: Truth In Opposition [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Sound artist Lee Noyes based this improvised laptop work on the 1776 work by James Beattie, "Essays: On the nature of truth, in opposition to Sopfifstry and Sceptifism", arguing that both consonance and dissonance are equally important to the perfection of harmony.
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Fox, Chistopher: Works For Piano, Philip Thomas piano
(Hat [now] ART)

Four large and distinctive works by composer Christopher Fox performed by pianist Philip Thomas, who also writes the liner notes about the works, revealing and explaining the compositional elements, piano preparations, and physical requirements placed on the performer.
     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Jones, Darius: The Oversoul Manual
(Aum Fidelity)

The fourth installment in Darius Jones' on-going "Man'ish Boy" epic, an a cappella presentation from his vocal quartet, The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit using Jones' fictional, mythological sacred language used in the alien birthing ritual of a new being.
     Buy      $14.45      Listen          

Pisaro, Michael: Continuum Unbound [3 CD Box Set]
(Gravity Wave)

Three large works in a solid box with a 12 page color booklet of notes and images from composer Pisaro, working with Greg Stuart, Joe Panzner, Patrick Farmer and Toshiya Tsunoda, examining fragile discontinuities in the apparently continuous sound world.
     Buy      $52.95      Listen          

Stockhausen / Beethoven (Pi-hsien Chen): Klavierstucke/Sonaten
(Hat [now] ART)

Alternating between Stockhausen and Beethoven, pianist Pi-Hsien Chen performs solo works including "Klavierstuck", "Sonata A-Dur Op. 101" and "Sonata C-moll Op. 111", contrasting and comparing the innovations of both composers.
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