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SQUIDCO Email Update May 3, 2024

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 3, 2024

"You don't have to be an innovator,
But you must have integrity
And you must know how to make your instrument live."
—Cecil Taylor

   Essential Artists

• Michel Banabila/Stijn Huwels/Cok Van Vuuren
• Marion Brown
• Caveira (Gomes/Sousa/Abras/Ferrandini)
• Marilyn Crispell/Jason Stein/Damon Smith/Adam Shead
• Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris/Gerrit Hatcher/Eli Namay)
• Ghost Trees (Nanaa/Bagwell)
• Karin Johansson/Finn Loxbo
• Karin Johansson/Lisen Rylander Love
• Clara Lai (Lai/Reviriego/Roca)
• Matt Lavelle & The 12 Houses
• Leap of Faith/Kane Loggia Hypothesis
• Jose Lencastre (Genovese/Gress/Branco)
• Rob Mazurek
• Sam Newsome/Max Johnson
• Perturbations
• Rahma Quartet (Ragab/Nicolaus/Dafeldecker/Capece)
• Luke Stewart Silt Trio (w/ Settles/Crudup or Taylor)
• Cecil Taylor Unit (w/ Lyons/Silva/Cooper/Murray)

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Balance Point Acoustics
Clean Feed
Evil Clown
ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Future Recordings
Havtorn Records
Kettle Hole Records

Mahakala Music
Phonogram Unit
Pi Recordings
Tapu Records
Unbroken Sounds


   Jazz & Improvisation

Brown, Marion: Three For Shepp to Gesprachsfetzen Revisited
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Remastering and restoring Marion Brown's 1967 Impulse! album with Grachan Moncure III, Dave Burrel, Stanley Cowell, Sirone, Beaver Harris & Bobby Capp, and his 1968 album on the Calig label with Gunter Hampel, Steve McCall, Ambrosa Jackson & Buschi Niedergall; two albums of essential "New Thing" work through fascinating composed forms by Brown, plus Archie Shepps' "Delicado"; essential.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Spi-Raling Horn
(Balance Point Acoustics)

A collaboration between the working trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, double bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Adam Shead, adding pianist Marilyn Crispell, initiated by Smith & Crispell's admiration of painter Cy Twombly, whose artwork graces this album's cover, recorded live and complete in the studio after two live concerts between the quartet; masterful collective improv!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris / Gerrit Hatcher / Eli Namay): Not To Want To Say
(Kettle Hole Records)

Releasing their first album in 2017, the collective trio of Chicago improvisers Bill Harris on drums, Gerrit Hatcher on tenor saxophone and Eli Namay on bass (now based in Pittsburgh), this third release is their first studio album, in two long-form improvisations that work on a spontaneous canvas of edgy contemplation and assertive conversation.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Ghost Trees (Nanaa / Bagwell): Universal Topics [VINYL]
(Future Recordings)

Recording in the Van Gelder studio in NJ, the Ghost Trees Duo of Seth Nanaa on drums and Brent Bagwell on tenor saxophone release an album of nine inventive dialogs, expressive and energetic jazz born from fifteen years working together, from the trio The Eastern Seaboard to their own hard-working duo and recent Ghost Tree Big Band project.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo: Vent

Performing on prepared piano & accordion (Karin Johansson) and guitar & electronics (Fin Loxbo), this Swedish duo explore unhurried and varied soundscapes, their skill and discerning motion allowing individual sounds space for clear expression in virtual narratives, the album's tracks captured in a variety of locations including the resonance of an old water reservoir.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo: Vent [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Johansson, Karin / Lisen Rylander Love: Arter
(Havtorn Records)

The Swedish title translating to "Species", the contemplatively elegant interactions between pianist Karin Johansson and tenor saxophonist Lisen Rylander are named for extinct species of animals and plants, as the two improvise over the loss of species that disappear from the earth every year, their wistful music augmented through preparations, kalimbas, live electronics and percussion.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Lai, Clara (Lai / Reviriego / Roca): Corpos
(Phonogram Unit)

The debut album from pianist Clara Lai's Barcelona-based trio with Alex Reviriego on double bass and Oriol Roca on drums, Lai's background in classical and jazz improvisation felt in the precision of her playing as the trio explores collective construction and structural improvisation, coaxing active and contemplative moments among uniquely experimental approaches.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Lavelle, Matt & The 12 Houses: The Crop Circles Suite
(Mahakala Music)

An album to absorb and get excited over, as Matt Lavelle pursues a long-running dream to bring his 12 Houses Orchestra to record, here in an incredible collection of compositions, just the first set of a larger concept of solid jazz pieces that pivot on astrology and numerology as reflected in time signature, bar lines, melody notes, chords, and intervals; powerful, lyrical, spectacular work!
Squidco Pick

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Leap of Faith / Kane Loggia Hypothesis: Interconnected by Testable Relations
(Evil Clown)

A split release between two essential duos from the Boston-area Evil Clown collective: first, the core duo of Leap of Faith — David Peck on reeds & percussion and Glynis Lomon on cellos, aquasonic & voice — in a trio with trumpeter John Fugarino; second, the Kane Loggia Hypothesis duo of Bonnie Kane on sax, flute & electronics and John Loggia on drums, in a trio with drummer Ben James.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Lencastre, Jose (Genovese / Gress / Branco): Safe In Your Own World
(Phonogram Unit)

A first time meeting between drummer João Lencastre and bassist Drew Gress, and an extension of the long association between Lencastre and pianist Leo Genovese, recorded during a short tour as a trio, inviting guitarist Pedro Branco for this studio date to add energetic urgency to Lencastre's melodically charged compositions, yielding great soloing and interplay.
Squidco Pick

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Mazurek, Rob: Milan
(Clean Feed)

A deeply personal and spiritual solo journey that unfolds from near-silence to powerful, ritualistic expression, from Chicago trumpeter and improviser Rob Mazurek, recording for Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy while performing on trumpet, piccolo trumpet, piano, prepared piano, sampler, magic yellow bucket, bells, shakers, flutes, voice, and various percussion.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Newsome, Sam / Max Johnson: Tubes
(Unbroken Sounds)

A rollicking and unusual duo with a fair sense of humor and tremendous instrumental skill between saxophonist Sam Newsome (SoundNoiseFunk, Steve Swell) performing on soprano sax with horn preparations and toys, and double bassist Max Johnson, who composed six of the seven pieces on this compelling album, the seventh being an intriguing cover of Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk".
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Perturbations: That's Where the Unknown Is
(Evil Clown)

"Perturbed" by the sonic intervention of sound engineer and performer Joel Simches, who applies various effect processes to the continually morphing free improvisations of Boston collective players David Peck on reeds, percussion and synthetics, Michael Caglianone on soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute & percussion, and Albey onBass on bass and percussion.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Stewart, Luke Silt Trio (w/ Settles / Crudup or Taylor): Unknown Rivers
(Pi Recordings)

The long-running Silt Trio led by DC bassist and composer Luke Stewart, with Brian Settles on tenor sax and either drummer Trae Crudup or Chad Taylor, in their debut for Pi Recordings with seven Stewart compositions founded around his deep grooves; playful and sophisticated work that leave room for tremendous soloing and support from each trio configuration.
Squidco Pick

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Taylor, Cecil Unit (w/ Lyons / Silva / Cooper / Murray): Live At Fat Tuesdays 1980 - First Visit Archive [CD + POSTCARDS]
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

A superb and extended live performance from 1980 at NYC's Fat Tuesday jazz club, from the outstanding sextet of forward-thinking free improvisers, Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Alan Silva on double bass & cello, Jerome Cooper on drums & African Balaphone and Sunny Murray on drums, led by Cecil Taylor on piano in an ecstatic concert never previously released.
Squidco Pick

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Banabila, Michel / Stijn Huwels / Cok Van Vuuren: One Moment In Time [CASSETTE]
(Tapu Records)

Extending their initial collaboration "One Moment in Time", released during the pandemic and picked up by Apple Music's Pure Meditation playlist, the trio of Stijn Huwels on electric guitar & pedals, Cok van Vuuren on dobro & mando guitars, and Michel Banabila on keys, sampler, voice & granular fx, extend their catalog with "Across the Sky", a beautifully warm work of layered drones.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $8.95      Listen          



Caveira (Gomes / Sousa / Abras / Ferrandini): Ficar Vivo [VINYL]

Originally formed in 2005 by guitarist Pedro Gomes as a Portuguese free rock group, this Lisboa-based band has transformed into this burning quartet that bridges rock and free improv in both savage and brooding moments, from the superb quartet of Gomes on guitar, Pedro Sousa on saxophone, Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and Miguel Abras on electric bass.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $25.95      Listen          



Rahma Quartet (Rasha Ragab / Christoph Nicolaus / Werner Dafeldecker / Lucio Capece): "Mercy Is Called Down By Mercy To The Last" Live

A multinational quartet based in Germany led by Egyptian artist Rasha Ragab who chose and recites the texts — poems from Persian mystic al-Hallaj (858-922 AD) — in this extended piece of sound-oriented instrumental compostions from Lucio Capece, who also performs on bass clarinet, in a quartet with Werner Dafeldecker on double bass and Christoph Niolaus on stone harp.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          


The Squid's Ear The Squid's Ear is Squidco's companion online magazine, featuring reviews of Squidco items from independent writers.

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 Stay Current With Squidco

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.


Goncalo Almeida / Rutger Zuydervelt:
(gusstaff records)

Dave Douglas:
(Greenleaf Music)

Ghost Trees:
Intercept Method [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Future Recordings)

(Umlaut Records)

Rosanna Gunnarson / Karin Johansson:
I grunda vikar ar bottnarna mjuka

Sean Ono Lennon :

Quintans / Rogers / Lopez:
Future Folk
(Creative Sources)

Steph Richards (w/ White / Takeishi / Cleaver / Jaffee) :
Power Vibe
(Northern Spy)

TGB (Carolino / Frazao / Delgado):
(Clean Feed)

Ruben Turba / Minami Saeki:
The Gift
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Peter Van Huffel's Callisto:
Meandering Demons
(Clean Feed)

Liba Villavecchia Trio (Reviriego / Trilla) + Luís Vicente:
(Clean Feed)

John Zorn:
The Hermetic Organ Volume 12 - The Bosch Requiem

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