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UPDATE
January 17, 2020

"There are no rules to music.
Or if there are, they are made by other people.
If you don't like the rules,
Play without them or make your own."
—Willem Breuker


   Creative Artists

• Lars Akerlund/Eryck Abecassis
• Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Kent Carter/John Stevens
• Willem Breuker/Han Bennink
• Marc Copland
• Cyanobacteria/Hubsch
• George Graewe/Ernst Reijseger/Gerry Hemingway
• Mats Gustafsson/Wendy Gondeln /Wolfgang Voigt/Martin Siewert
• Katarsis4 (Bizys/Janonis/Pancerovas/Jusinskas)
• Goh Kwang Lee
• Joke Lanz/Jason Kahn/Norbert Moslang/Gunter Muller/Christian Weber
• Leap Of Faith
• Arto Lindsay/Joe McPhee/Ken Vandermark/Phil Sudderberg
• Liquid Quintet (feat Fernandez/Majewski/Cirera/Mazur/Prats)
• Fred Lonberg-Holm/Joe McPhee
• Etienne Nillesen/Nicola Hein/Magda Mayas/Eve Risser/Marta Warelis
• ROVA (Raskin/Ochs/Voigt/Ackley)
• Sounds of Liberation
• Steve Swell/Robert Boston/Michael Vatcher
• Juan Vinuesa Jazz Quartet (Vinuesa/Berman/Roebke Avery)
• VocColours/Yoichiro Kita

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Corbett vs. Dempsey
Creative Sources
Evil Clown
Fundacja Sluchaj!
Hatology

    
Herbal International
(Illusions)
Mikroton Recordings
NoBusiness
Toxo Records

    

    

 

Squidco Winter Hat Sale

Switzerland's Hat Hut label has two legacy label lines - hatOLOGY for improvised music, including free jazz, free improvisation, and ea-improv; and Hat [Now] Art presenting compositional music from masterful composers like Morton Feldman, John Cage, Stockhausen, &c., and modern composers like Liza Lim, Makrokosmos Quartet, Katharina Rosenberger, Christian Wolff, &c. This weekend we're offering the following discount on 114 titles from label:

Buy any Hat Hut title from the list, take $5.95 off
Buy 5 or more Hat Hut titles from the list, take $7.95 off each!

The albums offered represent some of the most interesting and creative titles on the label, providing a great collection of improvisers and composers representing some of the finest jazz, free improvising, and compositional musicians of the last 50 years. Take a good look at this list of albums, but don't look too long because some stock is limited!

Click Here to see the Winter Hat sale items




   Jazz & Improvisation

Bradford, Bobby / Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Blue Cat [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)


The 2nd in NoBusiness' archive series of the Norwegian Detail collective, here with Frode Gjerstad on alto sax, Bobby Bradford on cornet, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums, captured live in London in 1991 during a UK record, in a 3-part work of informed free-jazz and free playing, exciting music with complex, swinging subtlety.
 
Squidco Pick

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Breuker, Willem / Han Bennink: New Acoustic Swing Duo [2 CDS]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Remastering and re-issuing the very first album on the new Dutch artist-run free improvised music label, ICP Records (Instant Composers Pool), "New Acoustic Swing Duo" brings reedist Willem Breuker and drummer Han Bennink together for 6 incredible improvisations, the 2nd CD extending the original album with a live concert at Jazzclub Podium in Essen, DE in 1968.
 
Squidco Pick

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Copland, Marc: Gary
((Illusions))


Having a long association with pianists Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Bill Evans, and Marc Copland, it's fitting that the compositions of legendary bassist Gary Peacock are revealed in this solo album from Marc Copland with whom he has most recently worked, Copland interpreting his evocative compositions with thoughtful sensitivity and masterful skill.
 
Squidco Pick

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Cyanobacteria / Hubsch: Are You an Orchid or a Dandelion?
(Toxo Records)


The trio of Renato Grieco on bass, Francesco Gregoretti on drums, Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba in a studio album of dense, deep improvisation, using amplification and feedback with extreme technique and meticulously controlled playing to create slowly evolving sonic environments of profound depth and mystery, a shadowy and fascinating album fraught with suspense.
   
     Buy      $10.95      Listen          

 
Graewe, George / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway: Concertgebouw Brugge 2014
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Performing together since 1989, at first frequently and now as very special events, this concert at Concertgebouw in Brugge of pianist Georg Graewe, cellist Ernst Reijseger, and drummer and marimba player Gerry Hemingway, is a superb example of the both telepathic and confidently confrontational interplay of their chamber-oriented and superbly paced improvisation.
 
Squidco Pick

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Katarsis4 (Bizys / Janonis / Pancerovas / Jusinskas): Katarsis4
(NoBusiness)


A diverse, unique and sometimes explosive saxophone quartet from Lithuania founded by Arminas Bizys, Kazimieras Jusinskas, Algirdas Janonis, and Danielius Pancerovas, using extended techniques, the saxophones themselves, and found objects as they articulately merge structurally free improvisation, academic approaches and motives from Lithuanian folk music.
 
Squidco Pick

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Leap Of Faith: Crumpled Dimensions
(Evil Clown)


The core Leap of Faith trio of David Peck (PEK) on winds & percussion, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion, a subunit of Boston's Leap of Faith Orchestra, is joined by Jim Warshauer (reeds) and Eric Dahlman (trumpet, overtone voice) for an exciting and far-ranging improvisation of exotic instrumentation and intention.
   
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

 
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Bringing together Chicago's long partnership of saxophonists Joe McPhee and Ken Vandermark with frequent Vandermark collaborator, drummer Phil Sudderberg, and New York guitarist Arto Lindsay, meeting on a winter afternoon in a Chicago studio to record these fifteen collective, freely improvised conversations of intense energy, unexpected twists and turns, and brilliant playing.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Liquid Quintet (feat Agusti Fernandez / Artur Majewski / Albert Cirera / Rafal Mazur / Ramon Prats): Flux
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Hailed as the most pyrotechnic and adventurous concert of the 12th Ad Libitum Festival in Warsaw, Poland, the collective quintet of Agusti Fernandez on piano, Artur Majewski on trumpet, Albert Cirera on saxophones, Rafal Mazur on bass, and Ramon Prats on drums, rage and flow through three movements of "Flux", starting at the "Source" and ending in an "Estuary"; awesome.
 
Squidco Pick

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Lonberg-Holm, Fred / Joe McPhee: No Time Left for Sadness
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


"This Time", "That Time" and "Next Time", the three titles from the first duo meeting of Joe McPhee on tenor saxophone and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, also bringing electronics, the distillation of their playing outside of Survival Unit III a revelation in intensity and unconventional creativity, fueled by magnificent playing and an empathetic rapport.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Nillesen, Etienne / Nicola Hein / Magda Mayas / Eve Risser / Marta Warelis: Piano Trialogues
(Creative Sources)


Nicola L. Hein, performing on prepared guitar, and Etienne Nillesen on extended snare drum, present three trio recordings with three different pianists--Magda Mayas, Eve Risser, and Marta Warelis--each adding a different dimension to Hein & Nillesen's playing, as heard in these three live recordings from The Loft in Cologne, Germany in 2018.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
ROVA (Raskin / Ochs / Voigt / Ackley): Saxophone Diplomacy
(Hatology)


A much needed reissue of the ROVA Saxophone Quartet's historic 1983 tour of Russia, Latvia and Romania, as Jon Raskin on alto, baritone & soprano sax plus clarinet, Andrew Voigt on alto, sopranino & soprano sax + flute, Bruce Ackley on soprano sax & clarinet, and Larry Ochts on tenor & sopranino sax tear apart six incredible multi-reed improvisations; incredible!
 
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

 
Sounds of Liberation: Unreleased (Columbia University 1973)
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Originally formed by vibraphonist Khan Jamal in 1970 in the Germantown section of Philadelphia (the homefront of Sun Ra's Arkestra) and expanded to a septet when saxophonist Byard Lancaster joined, the band only released one official LP, this soulfully funky, upbeat and lyrical album extending their output with a well-recorded album captured at Columbia University in 1973.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Swell, Steve / Robert Boston / Michael Vatcher: Brain In A Dish
(NoBusiness)


Trombonist Steve Swell stands out in this trio of collective improvisation, recorded in the studio in Brooklyn with pianist Robert Boston, also on organ, and drummer Michael Vatcher, in a set of eleven outstanding dialogs that range from highly energetic to deeply introspective, with quirky and unusual technique from Vatcher and Swell adding unique qualities to their collective "brain".
 
Squidco Pick

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Vinuesa, Juan Jazz Quartet (Vinuesa / Berman / Roebke Avery): Blue Shots From Chicago
(NoBusiness)


Spanish tenor saxophonist Juan F. G. Vinuesa leads his quartet with Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums and percussion, three bright stars of the Chicago scene, performing Vinuesa's compositions and arrangements of lyrical modern jazz that blend structure and melody with plenty of space for free playing; wonderful.
 
Squidco Pick

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VocColours / Yoichiro Kita: Live in Japan
(Creative Sources)


A strange album of vocal improvisation from the the VocCoulours quartet of Brigitte Kuepper, Gala Gabriele Hummel, Norbert Zajac, and Iouri Grankin, performing live with Koichi Makigami on (voice & theremin), Yoichiro Kita (trumpet & laptop), Keiko Komori (bass clarinet), and Morgan Fisher (keyboards & toys); a truly unique album of startling utterance, texture, and environment.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 




   Experimental/Electronic

Akerlund, Lars / Eryck Abecassis: Falls
(Mikroton Recordings)


Investigating the possibilities of instability with synthesizers and electronic instruments, sound artists Eryck Abecassis (France) and Lars Akerlund (Sweden) present 7 impressive tracks of "Dark Energy" in two parts, combining electronics and modular synth, with credits to VICC (Visby International Centre for Composers) and EMS (Electronic Music Studio, Stockholm).
   
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

 
Gustafsson, Mats / Wendy Gondeln / Wolfgang Voigt / Martin Siewert: The Shithole Country & Boogie Band
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


A unique album blurring acoustic recordings from saxophonist Mats Gustafsson with the electronic machinations and rhythms of Wendy Gondeln, aka Albert Oehlen, a German experimental electronic artist, the two inviting Martin Siewert for additional guitar on two tracks, and Wolfgang Voight to remix two tracks; funky, unpredictable, amusing, and seductively tantalizing.
   
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

 
Kwang, Goh Lee: Avalanche (2 CDs)
(Herbal International)


A double CD of experimental composition from Malaysian sound artist Goh Lee Kwang, hypnotic works of strangely repeating glitch that bookend shorter works of rich percussive abstractions, including a work with processed voice and an extended percussive "Ritual", singular pieces reflecting Kwang's curious mind and long experience merging aberrant and subtle sound.
   
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Lanz, Joke / Jason Kahn / Norbert Moslang / Gunter Muller / Christian Weber: kangaroo_kitchen [2 CDS]
(Mikroton Recordings)


Two astounding and wide-ranging electroacoustic improvisations from 5 prominent musicians on the Swiss experimental scene--Joke Lanz (turntables), Jason Kahn (synth, radio, mixer), Norbert Moslang (cracked everyday electronics), Gunter Muller (ipods & electronics), and Christian Weber (bass, revolver)--captured live at the 2018 Mikroton Mikroten Festival in Kaliningrad and Moscow.
 
Squidco Pick

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 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.

• You can ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


 


Stefan Aeby:
Piano Solo
(Intakt)


Reid Anderson / Dave King / Craig Taborn:
Golden Valley is Now
(Intakt)


Awatair (Gos / Tokar / Gadecki):
Awatair Plays Coltrane
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Jim Black Trio (w/ Elias Stemseder / Thomas Morgan):
Reckon
(Intakt)


Bones (Ziv Taubenfeld / Shay Hazan / Nir Sabag):
Reptiles [VINYL]
(NoBusiness)


Alvin Curran / Jon Rose:
Cafe Grand Abyss
(Recommended Records)


Ellery Eskelin / Christian Weber / Michael Griener:
The Pearls
(Intakt)


Estamos Trio (McDonas / Escobar / Tamez):
Dire Warning
(Relative Pitch)


Michael Formanek Very Practical Trio (w/ Tim Berne / Mary Halvorson):
Even Better
(Intakt)


Fred Frith / Nicolas Humbert / Marc Parisotto:
Cut Up The Border
(RogueArt)


Aly Keita / Jan Galega Bronnimann / Lucas Niggli:
Kalan Teban
(Intakt)


Ingrid Laubrock / Aki Takase:
Kasumi
(Intakt)


PEK Solo:
Coefficient of Unity
(Evil Clown)


Claudia Solal / Benoit Delbecq:
Hope Town
(RogueArt)


Chris Speed Trio (w/ Tordini / King):
Respect For Your Toughness
(Intakt)


Sub-Unit #1:
Potential & Kinetic Energies
(Evil Clown)


Turbulence:
Eddy Flux
(Evil Clown)


Turbulence:
Paroxysmal Attacks
(Evil Clown)


Turbulence:
Tumult
(Evil Clown)


Turbulence:
Upheaval
(Evil Clown)


Saadet Turkoz / Elliott Sharp :
Kumuska
(Intakt)

 


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