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January 11, 2019

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Squid BubbleWebs  Creative Artists

• Christiane Bopp
• Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp
• Sandy Ewen / Weasel Walter
• Foster / Swell / Lopez / Walter
• The Gate (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne)
• Dave Holland Feat. E. Parker / Taborn / Smith
• Judson Hurd
• Parker / Bishop / Karayorgis / McBride / Gray
• Quinteros / Gallio / Elgier / Von Schultz
• Rudy Royston
• Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore
• Weasel Walter
• Greg Ward Presents Rogue Parade
• John Zorn

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Bad Architect Records
Creative Sources
Dare2 Records
Fou Records
Greenleaf Music
Northern Spy

    
Not Two
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Tubapede
Tzadik
Ugexplode





   Jazz & Improvisation

Bopp, Christiane: Noyau de Lune
(Fou Records)


A tour-de-force of solo improvisation from French trombonist Christiane Bopp, flawlessly captured by sound engineer Jean Marc Foussat, as Bopp transforms her instrument through technical skill, lyrical ability, and unusual technique, creating virtual duets, furtive expression, and thundering emotion, an absolutely impressive example of modern trombone language.
 
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Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp: New American Songbooks, Volume 2 [VINYL]
(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)


The 2nd volume of Sound American's "New American Songbooks" turns from the 1st volume's group approach to the singular voices of 4 masterful pianists--Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruan Ortiz, and Matthew Shipp--as they interpret the music of traditional hymns, Carla Bley, filmaker/composer Ed Bland, and bandcamp era composers Ryan Power & Christopher Weisman.
 
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Ewen, Sandy / Weasel Walter: Idiomatic
(Ugexplode)


Uniquely voice free improvisation from the duo of guitarist Sandy Ewen, rejecting effects in favor of extended techniques and non-standard approaches that employ Ewen's simple preparations made with ordinary objects, and Walter's applying unconventional rhythmic strategies and live electronic processing, resulting in 3 detailed and unexpected dialogs.
   
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Foster, Michael / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter: Throes are the Only Problem
(Ugexplode)


Listed in Jazz Right Now's "Best Records of 2017", the New York City based quartet of Michael Foster (saxophones), Steve Swell (trombone), Brandon Lopez (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums) presents four collective free jazz improvisations, powerfully dynamic playing using masterful skill and extended techniques to convey the essence of the form.
   
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Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne): Island Virus
(Tubapede)


NY Tuba-driven trio The Gate led by Dan Peck on tuba & effects, with Tom Blancarte on upright electric bass and Brian Osborne on percussion, in a studio album of shorter pieces exploring the dark side of the huge brass instrument and the band's dark, enormous sound, with tongue-in-cheek titles like "Black Bird of Death Spewing Death Puke"; ominously impressive.
   
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Holland, Dave Feat. Evan Parker / Craig Taborn / Ches Smith: Uncharted Territories [3 LPS]
(Dare2 Records)


Reuniting bassist Dave Holland with saxophonist Evan Parker, a longtime friend from their early days in London, and joined by Craig Taborn on piano and electronics, and Ches Smith on percussion, as the group performs as a quartet and also in a variety of permutations of duo and trio configurations, in a set of rich and informed dialogs of masterful skill.
   
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Parker / Bishop / Karayorgis / McBride / Gray: The Diagonal Filter
(Not Two)


Uniting masterful players from across the East Coast into the Boston area, with Boston pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, Boston native/Chicago-based bassist Nate McBride, DC drummer Luther Gray, North Carolina/Chicago-based trombonist Jeb Bishop, and Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker, in a strong album of lyrical free jazz with compositions from all five players.
 
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Quinteros / Gallio / Elgier / Von Schultz: Mokita
(Creative Sources)


Cellist Cecilia Quinteros formed this free jazz quartet with Christoph Gallio on soprano and alto saxophones, Alex Elgier on piano and Marcelo Von Schultz on drums, recording in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four spectacular improvisations with idiosyncratic language on their instruments and unbridled enthusiasm in their playing, even in introspective moments.
   
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Royston, Rudy: Flatbed Buggy
(Greenleaf Music)


The third album from drummer Rudy Royston features his new chamber-like quintet featuring Gary Versace (accordion), John Ellis (woodwinds), Hank Roberts (cello) and Joe Martin (bass) playing music inspired by Royston's upbringing in Texas, lyrical and sophisticated modern jazz from a drummer frequently called upon by jazz masters Bill Frisell, JD Allen, or Dave Douglas.
   
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Stein's, Jason Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline [VINYL]
(Northern Spy)


The fourth release from Chicago bass clarinetist Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore, a trio with Jason Roebke on bass and New York drummer Mike Pride, playing modern creative jazz with a twisted melodic sense through Stein's original compositions, alongside one collective comoposition and John Coltrane's "26-2", a great example of 21st century jazz.
   
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Ward, Greg Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood
(Greenleaf Music)


Returning to his native Chicago after a stint in NYC, saxophonist Greg Ward (Tortoise) formed this new group with Matt Gold and Dave Miller (guitars & effects), Matt Ulery (bass), and Quin Kirchner (drums), recording this impressive album of modern jazz: lyrical, funky and perfectly paced, engaging but never indulgent, with unexpected compositional twists and turns.
 
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John: SALEM, 1692
(Tzadik)


NY Composer John Zorn and Dowtown luminary John Zorn's instrumental quartet of Trevor Dunn on bass, Kenny Grohowski on drums, Julian Lage on guitar, and Matt Hollenberg on guitar in their second album of fiery improvisation, focusing on the Salem Witch Trials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 through superlative playing and passionate improvisation; burning!
 
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Walter, Weasel : Skhiizm
(Ugexplode)


Drummer Weasel Walter turns to his love of furious metallic music in this intimidating album of chaotic, noisy skronk rock in a solo album played on guitars, drums and electronics accompanied by distorted grunts that add a disturbing layer to the madness; aggressively skillful and demanding, intended to be played LOUD, with a take-no-prisoners, no-apology attitude.
   
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   Compositional

Hurd, Judson: Trouble Will Cause (A True Crime Documentary)
(Bad Architect Records)


The original motion picture soundtrack for a true crime documentary about the Lawson Family Murders on Christmas Day in 1929 from pianist and sonic experimenter Judson Hurd, presenting six tracks that accompany the movie through dark and mysterious passages of keys, synth and percussive tones; the profits of each copy sold will benefit victims of Hurricane Florence.
   
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Squidco Top 50 by Customer Orders

Top Sellers in Squidco's catalog listed in order of popularity during the 2018 year. In many ways this is our most important top list, as it speaks from the community on what our customers are really interested in and listening to.

Next up will be Phil & Carl's top lists from the year.


Click to See 2018 Top Sellers @ Squidco



   Jazz, Free Jazz, And Jazz-Based Forms



Threadgill, Henry 14 or 15 Kestra: Agg
Dirt... And More Dirt
(Pi Recordings)


Composer, saxophonist and flutist Henry Threadgill presents 2 full-length works for his 15 piece band "14 or 15 Kestra: Agg", as he explores new ways of integrating composition with group improvisation, here using an entirely new system of improvisation based on preconceived series of intervals realized in multi-layered counterpoint, rigorous polyphony, and timbral contrasts.




Fujii, Satoko
Solo
(Libra)


A stunning album of solo performances, the first of 12 monthly releases from Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii celebrating her 60th birthday, in an impressive set of seven original compositions illustrating her incredible skills in both profoundly beautiful and technically spectacular playing inside and out of the piano, an exceptional start to the series.




Berne, Tim / Matt Mitchell Duo
Angel Dusk
(Screwgun)


Following on New York pianist Matt Mitchell's solo album of Tim Berne compositions, the two join in the studio to record these 8 compositions in a dynamic album of dialogs that includes energetic interaction, explorative playing, and beautiful lyrical work, a profoundly intimate and connected release borne from their long history of collaboration.




Graves, Milford
Babi [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Recorded in 1976 at WBAI-FM/Free Music Store in New York, drummer percussionist Milford Graves goes head to head with two reedists, Arthur Doyle and Hugh Glover, an absolute stunner of percussive momentum and force, drawing the reeds into a frenzy of unbridled free playing; issued with a 2nd CD of a private recording of Graves plus unpublished photos.




Fujii, Satoko
Ninety-Nine Years
(Libra)


Composer-pianist Satoko Fujii's new Orchestra Berlin, a ten-piece ensemble, presents a powerful work written specifically for this group in thought-provoking compositions of and uninhibited energy, with performers including saxophonists Gebhard Ullmann, Paulina Owczarek & Matthias Schubert, trombonist Matthias Muller, bassist Jan Roder, and drummers Peter Orins and Michael Griener.




Gjerstad, Frode Trio + Steve Swell
Bop Stop
(Clean Feed)


The indefatigable Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad invites trombonist Steve Swell, with whom he collaborated in 2011 on the live album "At Constellation", to join his trio with Jon Rune Strom on double bass and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, at Cleveland's Bop stop during their 2017 tour, recording this impressive concert of exemplary collective free jazz.




Threadgill, Henry
Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus
(Pi Recordings)


Composer Henry Threadgill's Double Up band does not include Threadgill himself, but for this second release with the group he adds a 3rd piano (also doubling on harmonium) alongside two alto saxophones, cello, tuba, drums and percussion, the octet performing Threadgill's complex yet effortlessly intricate and distinctive compositions that allow his performers to shine.




Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Johnny Mbizio Dyani
Detail 83
(FMR)


A significant release from the history of the Detail trio of Frode Gjerstad on reeds, John Stevens on drums, and Johnny Dyani on bass, recorded at the Red Seahouses in Norway in 1938 during Detail's first trio tour, a smoking set of free jazz showing the power of these innovative players around the time of their first album, "Backwards and Forwards".




Laubrock, Ingrid / Tom Rainey
Utter
(Relative Pitch)


After their 2016 tour of the US West Coast, husband and wife free improvising duo Ingrid Laubrock (tenor & soprano sax) and Tom Rainey (drums) entered a Brooklyn studio with a set of co-written compositions, which they weave together with free improv, relying on cues that can trigger a given composition at any time, adding a unique layer of communication to their exuberant playing.




Delbecq, Benoit 4 (w / Turner / Hebert / Cleaver)
Spots On Stripes
(Clean Feed)


French pianist Benoit Delbecq brings together frequent collaborators from New York--Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and drummer Gerald Cleaver--and from Paris--Delbecq himself and double bassist John Hebert--for an album of refined and inventive contemporary jazz, the work of masterful players with years of experience and collaborations dating back to 2003.




Lacy, Steve
Stamps [2 CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Originally released on the Hat Hut label in 1979, this 2-CD set of saxophonist Steve Lacy's quintet with Steve Potts on saxophone, Irene Aebi on cello, voice & violin, Kent Carter on bass, and Oliver Johnson on drums, are heard live in two tour-de-force concerts, first at the 1977 Jazz Festival, in Willisau, Switzerland, then in 1978 at Jazz Au Totem in Paris, France.




Jordan, Kidd / Alvin Fielder / Joel Futterman / Steve Swell
Masters Of Improvisation
(Valid)


The New Orleans bass-less free jazz trio of tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, drummer Alvin Fielder and pianist Joel Futterman are joined by New York trombonist Steve Swell for a concert at the Old US Mint for an absolutely superlative recording of lyrical and expansive collective improvisation, each player urging the other on as they create instant epics of modern jazz.




Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson)
Ours
(Cuneiform Records)


The New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara in the 1st of 2 albums on the reborn Cuneiform label, here presenting creative original compositions from each of the three musicians in 9 virtuosic, sometimes quirky, and always warmly adventurous tunes.




Moondoc, Jemeel Quartet
The Astral Revelations
(RogueArt)


Saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc takes his masterful NY quartet of pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Hilliard Green, and drummer Newman Taylor Baker to perform live at Bimhuis in Amsterdam in 2016, capturing four remarkable improvisations of Moondoc compositions including an extended rendering of "Cosmic Nickelodeon", the band balancing lyricism with intensely creative playing.




Mahall, Rudi / Alexander von Schlippenbach
So Far
(Relative Pitch)


Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and clarinetist Rudi Mahall have been exploring the music of jazz and free improvisation for decades in their own bands or together in Globe Unity Orchestra; here they are heard in their essential element as a duo, pushing their music in rapid runs and elegant and emotional moments with imposing technique and authoritative confidence.




Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris
Geometry of Caves
(Relative Pitch)


Bringing New York and Chicago performers together, the quartet of cellist Tomeka Reid, guitarist Joe Morris, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and free vocalist Kyoko Kitamura present an album of expressive and creative collective improvisation, bridging chamber forms and free jazz with a captivatingly eccentric appeal from Kitamura's wordless vocalese.




This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani)
1538
(Libra)


Part of pianist Satoko Fujii's "Kanreki" (60th Birthday) tour and monthly album release, the "This Is It!" Trio with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer/percussionist Takashi Itani is heard at Koendori Classics, in Tokyo, Japan, in January 2018, for an incredible album of Fujii's compositions that include quirky asides in coherent and effusive playing.




Sorey, Tyshawn
Pillars [3 CDs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)


Drummer/percussionist, trombonist, pianist and importantly here, composer, Tyshawn Sorey in an amazing and ambitious work "Pillars", assembling an ensemble of virtuosic NY performers (Joe Morris, Todd Neufeld, Ben Gerstein, Stephen Hayes, Zach Rowden, Carl Test, Mark Helias) as he references Tibetan rituals, Stockhausen, and Anthony Braxton, and much more.




Melford's, Myra Snowy Egret (w/ Miles / Ellman / Takeishi / Sorey)
The Other Side Of Air
(Firehouse 12 Records)


Taking the reigns as composer, performer and bandleader, New York pianist Myra Melford's exceptional quintet Snowy Egret, with Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on guitar, Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums, present a brilliant album of creative jazz, with lyrical grooves and commanding soloing, a great and thoroughly modern album.




Rova Saxophone Quartet
In Transverse Time
(Les Disques Victo)


Celebrating 40 years as a performing ensemble, the West Coast saxophone quartet ROVA of Bruce Ackley on soprano saxophone, Steve Adams on alto & sopranino saxophones, Jon Raskin on baritone saxophone, and Larry Ochs on tenor saxophone, reworked compositions from all members transversing their past 34 years, in an absolutely impressive and diverse album.




Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson)
Theirs
(Cuneiform Records)


The second of two albums from the reborn Cuneiform label by New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, here presenting compositions from jazz greats Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Nichols, Stanley Cowell, Misha Mengelberg, &c.




McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
Journey to Parazzar
(Not Two)


Recorded at Metallurgov House Of Culture in the Ukraine as the 2nd concert of their tour, the trio of Joe McPhee (trumpet, alto saxophone), John Edwards (double bass), and Klaus Kugel (drums) present a masterful concert that includes a 29-minute "Re-Hairing In Zaporozhye" a 19-minute "To Rush At The Wind", and a wonderfully unconventional tribute to Cecil Taylor.




Dunmall, Paul / Jon Irabagon / Mark Sanders / Jim Bashford
The Rain Sessions
(FMR)


Dedicated to Cecil Taylor and taking advantage of NY saxophonist Irabagon's UK visit, this album presents four drum duets "time two", as two tenor saxophonists--Paul Dunmall and Jon Irabagon--meet two lyrical drummers--Mark Sanders and Jim Bashford--following Dunmall long-standing interest in drum and sax duets, the results this ebullient and remarkable album.




Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver
The Industry Of Entropy
(Relative Pitch)


A great example of Downtown New York modern improvisation that takes unexpected twists and turns, from the collective quartet of bassist Brandon Lopez, a frequent collaborator with Nate Wooley and Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophonist Matt Nelson ( tUnE-yArDs), vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou (Thread Ensemble, Taylor Ho Bynum), and Gerald Cleaver (Veil of Names, Uncle June, &c).




Heat Death, The (Moster / Kuchen / Aleklint / Hyouer, Andersen)
The Glenn Miller Sessions [3 CDs]
(Clean Feed)


With members of The Core, Angles 9, Cortex, &c. The Heat Death is a Norwegian quintet with dual reeds and winds from Kjetil Moster & Martin Kuchen, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Olay Hoyer on bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, a blazing band of energetic, informed and joyful free improv in a long-anticipated releases presenting 3 CDs of extended play.




Moholo-Moholo's, Louis Five Blokes
Uplift The People
(Ogun)


Drummer Moholo-Moholo, a member of Blue Notes, Elton Dean's Ninesene, Foxes Fox, London Improvisers Orchestra, a sideman for Brotzmann, Keith Tippets sideman and drummer and most importantly, band leader in a rich, lyrical and spiritual album recorded live at Cafe Oto in 2017 with Alexander Hawkins (piano), John Edwards (bass), Shabaka Hutchings (sax) and Jason Yard (sax).




Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori)
Live at Big Apple in Kobe
(Libra)


Continuing the celebration of pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th birtday by releasing one CD each month, this quartet brings an excellent set of electroacoustic improvisation to the collection in a quartet with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, New York saxophonist Lotte Anker, and New York electronic artist and former DNA drummer Ikue Mori, performing live at Tokyo's Big Apple in 2018.




Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet
Live At The Century City Playhouse
(Dark Tree Records)


Dark Tree's Southern California archive series adds this phenomenal session from multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia's Wind Quartet with clarinetist John Carter, trombonist Glenn Ferris, and cornetist Bobby Bradford, recorded fairly early in their careers in 1979 live at Century City Playhouse in LA for two sets of exploratory, dexterous and astounding jazz.




Sun Ra
Astro Black
(Modern Harmonic)


From 1973-75 the Impulse! label released a few Sun Ra albums, the first of which was "Astro Black" with a large Arkestra-like ensemble of well-known collaborators making up the band as they perform the title track, "Discipline, "Hidden Spheres" and "Cosmo-Fire", reissued as a 2018 Record Store Day releases in its first proper reissue.




Ehrlich, Marty
Trio Exaltation
(Clean Feed)


With a history of playing together in the Andrew Hill Sextet, Marty Ehrlich immediately chose bassist John Hebert and drummer Nasheet Waits to join Ehrlich in his new trio endeavor, the multi-wind & reed player on alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and wooden flutes as they perform 9 lyrical and sophisticated Ehrlich compositions, plus one by Andrew Hill.




Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee)
Again
(The Thing Records)


The Thing "again" as Gustafsson on saxophones, Haker Flaten on electric and acoustic bass, and Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion present 3 extended blues-based, Ayler-inflected free jazz pieces, with Gustafsson's powerfully emotional playing over Haker-Flaten and Nilssen-Love's powerful polyrhythmic foundations; Joe McPhee joins for one track taking on a Frank Lowe piece.




Williams, Mars presents
An Ayler Xmas Volume 2
(ESP)


After releasing "An Ayler Xmas: The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas" on Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams' Soul What? Label, ESP approached him for a 2nd volume, resulting in this joyful and quirky holiday record with contributions from Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Jeb Bishop, Christof Kurzmann, Didi Kern, Thomas Berghammer, Steve Hunt, Jim Baker and Hermann Stangassinger.




Wooley, Nate / Daniele Martini / Joao Lobo
Legacy of Ashes
(Creative Sources)


A free jazz session recorded in Brussells between trumpeter Nate Wooley and half of the Daniele Martini Quartet--saxophonist Martini himself and drummer Joao Lobo--stepping in and out of modal jazz with a contemplative approach, using extended techniques to great effect, Lobo handling the foundation and rhythm in absolutely impressive ways.




Braxton, Anthony
Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs]
(Hatology)


Reissuing and remastering the two studio albums from the 1992 4-CD boxset of Anthony Braxton's Quartet with Marily Crispell (piano), Mark Dresser (double bass) and Gerry Hemingway (drums & marimba) recording in Willisau, Switzerland, realizing 10 Braxton numbered compositions with masterful skill and virtuosity, an exceptional set of modern jazz.




Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano
A History Of Nothing
(Trost Records)


Following up their 2015 Not Two album "This is Our Language", the quartet organized by tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado with Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano, a superb album of intense communication and soloing from a collective that merges free and lyrical playing, from ballads to full-on fury.




Sun Ra
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [2 CDs]
(Modern Harmonic)


In 1973 Sun Ra went into the studio for Impulse! to record "Cymbals" with the octet of Danny Davis, John Gilmore, Elmoe Omoe, Ronnie Boykins, Derek Morris, and Akh Tal Ebah; though 2 LP's worth of material were recorded, the album was never released until now, in a remastered edition bringing listeners this much-anticipated album of synth-heavy, Arkestra-oriented 'Ra.




Rempis / Piet / Daisy
Throw Tomatoes
(Astral Spirits)


Bringing together two live shows from 2017 of the trio of Chicago luminaries, Dave Rempis on saxophones, Tim Daisy on drums, and Matt Piet on piano, in an exhilarating album of free jazz that shows the excitement of all three in what are only their 3rd and 4th live gigs together, each driving the other to enthusiastic heights amidst contemplative and playful moments.




Gustafsson, Mats / Jason Adasiewicz
Timeless
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Unexpected directions in this meeting between Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Chicago vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, in an introspective album of beautiful tonal conversations, relaxed and sophisticated dialogs that mostly eschews the more aggressive side of both musicians in deference to a thoughtful, reflective and elegant set of tunes.


   Free and Non-Idiomatic Improvisation



AMM
An Unintended Legacy [3 CDs]
(Matchless)


A beautiful 3-CD set with a hardcover book presenting 3 full concerts from 2015 & 2016 of the AMM trio configuration of John Tilbury (piano), Keith Rowe (guitar) and Eddie Prevost (percussion). The 70 page book, dedicated to saxophonist Lou Gare, includes an AMM discography, plus photos, and essays by Paige Mitchell and Allen Fisher; Keith Rowe; Eddie Prevost; and Seymour Wright.




Wolff, Christian / Eddie Prevost
Uncertain Outcomes [2 CDs]
(Matchless)


Two concerts of experimental improvisation from two giants of conceptual improvisation and composition, recorded at IKLECTIK in London in 2015 and at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2016; with superb pacing and brilliant execution, these dialogs between keyboard and percussive instruments explore unique sound worlds with depth, inquisitiveness, and a sense of wonder.




Parker, Evan / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL]
(Otoroku)


2018 Reissue: A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing album showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language.




Butcher, John / Eddie Prevost
Visionary Fantasies
(Matchless)


A series of inspired solo and duo performances from AMM founder, percussionist Eddie Prevost and free improvising saxophonist John Butcher, captured live at London's Iklectik in 2018, splitting the album between solo and duo work as the two morph their instruments into incredible sonic devices, with intense concentration and dialog nothing short of fantastic.




Mengelberg, Misha / Peter Brotzmann / Evan Parker / Peter Bennink / Paul Rutherford / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
Groupcomposing
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Authoritative and playful free improvisation in the European Free Jazz style, this 1978 album on Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink's Instant Composers Pool (ICP) label, included the pianist and drummer along with Peter Brotzmann, Peter Bennink and Evan Paker on sax, Paul Rutherford on trombone, and Derek Bailey on guitar, in a much-need reissue of this seminal album.




Moore / Edwards / Prevost
Darkened, Yet Shone
(Matchless)


Combining free improvisation, free jazz, rock, and electronic/EA-improv, the trio of Eddie Prevost (drums), NO Moore (guitarist), and bassist John Edwards are caught live at IKLECTIK in London, 2017, for a concert that changes pace from vigorous riffs to unconventional introspection, with masterful playing and profound technique, an exceptional performance.




Leandre, Joelle / Marc Ducret
Chez Helene
(Ayler)


Jean-Marc Foussat recorded the French improvising duo of electric guitairst Marc Ducret and double bassist Joelle Leandre at 19PaulFort in May, 2018, the title drawn from a poem by Edgar Allen Poe, as the two trade acoustic and electric string approaches in a sophisticated dialog of exceptional technique and inventive approaches; superb.




Silva, Susana Santos
All The Rivers | Live At Panteao Nacional
(Clean Feed)


Exploring the ambient sound of the immense marble temple of the Portuguese National Pantheon, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva recorded this beautiful and spiritual solo improvisation as part of the Rescaldo Festival, adding tin whistle and bells as her stunning tone and impressive technique resonated and invoked the spirit of this 17th century monument.




Morris, Joe / Do Yeon Kim
Macrocosm
(Glacial Erratic)


Performing on the Korean gayageum (also known as kayagum), Do Yeon Kim joins Joe Morris performing on guitar for five incredible string improvisations using a diversity of approaches from both players, including pointillistic improv, rich rivers of chords, languid moments of beauty, and moments where it's difficult to discern who's playing what.




Nauseef, Mark
All In All In all
(Relative Pitch)


Influenced by rock, jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, NY drummer Mark Nauseef's career has embraced an inclusive blending of styles, heard in this fantastic new album embracing compositional and ea styles, recorded with previous collaborators including Tony Oxley, Bill Laswell, Walter Quintus, along with Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Thomas, Miroslav Tadic, & Arthur Jarvinen.


   Experimental Music



O'Malley, Stephen / Anthony Pateras
Reve Noir
(Immediata)


Pianist Anthony Pateras and guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))) performed a concert in 2011 at Instants Chavires in 2011, which they took into the studio to deconstruct and recompose on 1/4 inch tape, creating a compelling landscape of fractured musique concrete, introspective meditations, electro-acoustic textures and heavy guitar; includes a 20 page interview with O'Malley.




Cardew, Cornelius / London Experimental Ensemble
Treatise
(Split Rock Records)


The full two-hour performance of Cornelius Cardew's entire 193-page legendary Treatise graphic score, performed at Iklectik in London, England on January 28, 2017 in an 11-member ensemble of some of London's most interesting improvisers including participants in Scratch Orchestra, in a double CD release with liner notes by AMM founder Eddie Prevost.




Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura)
Bright Force
(Libra)


Since 2007 Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alister Spence have collaborated on performance and recording in several configurations, including work with Tony Buck, Raymond McDonald, Jim O'Rourke, &c.; this energetic and otherworldly quartet session with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer Ittetsu Takemura was recored live Knuttel House, in Tokyo, 2017.


 
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Steve Coleman and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard. Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets) (Pi Recordings)


Steve Coleman and Five Elements:
Live at the Village Vanguard. Vol. 1 (The Embedded Sets)
(Pi Recordings)

Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories & Piano (hat [now] ART)


Morton Feldman:
Triadic Memories & Piano
(hat [now] ART)

Jin Sangtae & Tim Olive: naar/voor (845 Audio)


Jin Sangtae & Tim Olive:
naar/voor
(845 Audio)

Kurt Liedwart / Julien Ottavi / Keith Rowe: L'Or (Mikroton)


Kurt Liedwart / Julien Ottavi / Keith Rowe:
L'Or
(Mikroton)






 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 see the newest additions to our catalog in our Just In Stock Section.

• You can see the latest fully cataloged items in our store by using our New Releases section.

• You can see Recently Restocked items on this page.

• Ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


 


Cyril Bondi & d'incise:
Mem, Aleph & Lassis performed by The Pitch & Bondi / d'incise / Majkowski [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


Christiane Bopp :
Noyau de Lune
(Fou Records)


John Butcher / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand:
How Does This Happen?
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Lisa Cameron / Sandy Ewen:
See Creatures [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


Thanos Chrysakis / Sue Lynch / James O'Sullivan / Joe Wright :
Iridescent Strand
(Aural Terrains)


DeDionyso / Meek / Rico:
From The Land of the Wicked King [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


Jean Derome :
Sudoku pour Pygmees
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Morgan Evans-Weiler / Michael Pisaro:
Lines And Tracings
(Another Timbre)


Ferran Fages :
Un lloc entre dos records
(Another Timbre)


Michael Foster / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter:
Throes are the Only Problem
(Ugexplode)


Lori Freedman:
Excess
(Collection QB)


Lori Freedman :
Solor
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Gerrit Hatcher:
Parables for the Tenor [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


HMMH (Hetu / Martel / Mouchous / Hubsch):
Fleur de chaos
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Judson Hurd:
Trouble Will Cause (A True Crime Documentary)
(Bad Architect Records)


Machinefabriek:
Sahara Mixtape [CASSETTE+DOWNLOAD]
(Machinefabriek)


Monicker (Scott Thomson / Arthur Bull / Roger Turner):
Spine
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Quatuor Bozzini:
Phill Niblock: Boabab
(Collection QB)


Quatuor Bozzini:
Simon Martin: Musique d'art
(Collection QB)


Danielle Roger Palardy :
Cannibale
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Mark Taylor R. :
Aftermaths
(Another Timbre)


Martin Tetreault :
Plus de Snipettes!!
(Ambiances Magnetiques)


Viola Torros / Catherine Lamb / Johnny Chang:
Viola Torros / Catherine Lamb / Johnny Chang [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)


Weasel Walter :
Skhiizm
(Ugexplode)


Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe):
Pre-Fall
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

 


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• International customers, any order with 3 or more items choosing "Free Economy Shipping" option will ship for free!

In stock items only, orders with out of stock items will be held until all items are in stock. Free shipping applies only to "Free Economy Shipping" option on the Shipping & Payment Screen at checkout time. US orders will ship via USPS Media Mail with tracking. 1st Class and other shipping rates are unaffected by this offer.



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Squidco has been in business as a mail-order store since 2002. In 2010 we moved to Wilmington, NC, giving regional and visiting customers access to our catalog of more than 7,000 items, which includes hundreds of discounted, used, and promotional items not listed on our website. We're open for you to visit by appointment during weekday afternoons, so if you're in the North Carolina coastal region please email us to set up a time to stop by and say hello, we'd love to play some music for you!

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