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Wadada Smith Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed:
Sun Beans of Shimmering Light (Astral Spirits)

Brass, winds and percussion bring a beautiful dialog of spiritually rich improvsations from the trio of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Douglas Ewart on reeds & wind instruments, and Mike Reed on drums, recording in the studio in 2015 for five contemplative, often meditative, yet always bold dialogs that use spacious and free timing that showcases each player's masterful skills. ... Click to View

Lisa Cameron / Sandy Ewen:
See Creatures Too [2 CASSETTES] (Astral Spirits)

From the depths of the deepest electroacoustic sea, the duo of Lisa Cameron on berimbauophone, percussion, & devices and Sandy Ewen on guitar & devices release the second of their "Sea Creatures" series: two cassettes of dark aquatic audio, one recorded in the studio and the other during their 2019 Texas tour celebrating the release of the first album. ... Click to View

Calle Neumann / Ketil Gutvik / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Paal Nilssen-Love:
New Dance (PNL)

After the 2019 retrospective box-set of the late 90s, legendary band The Quintet, and afeer the sad passing of bassist Bjornar Andresen, saxophonist Carl Magnus Neumann, guitarist Ketil Gutvik and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love decided to form a new quartet, adding bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, commencing their organization with this outstanding 2020 live concert in Oslo. ... Click to View

Inclusion Principle (Perez / Archer):
The Leaf Factory Fallback (Discus)

The duo of Herve Perez (Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, AXIS) and Discus label leader Martin Archer, both saxophonists and sound artist using a collection of software instruments, organs, computer instruments and field recordings in a live in the studio recording of remarkable electroacoustic performance, blurring free jazz and abstract sound in fascinating ways. ... Click to View

Dirar Kalash:
Of Quietude (Discus)

Pianist Dirar Kalash is a Palestinian performer, whos concerts combine free improvisation, text, sound, image, video and movement; opportunities to record and perform are rare, but on a visit to the UK in 2020 Simon Reynell (Another Timbre) was able to record these two extended and exemplary improvisations at St Paul's Hall at the University Of Huddersfield. ... Click to View

Lumpeks (Laurain / Borel / Koziel / Beliah):
Lumpeks (Bolt / Umlaut)

Bassist Sebastien Beliah leads this French-Polish quartet with Louis Laurain on cornet, Pierre Borel on alto saxophone, and Olga Koziel on voice & percussions, blending free jazz and tradition Polish music & songs with an experimental bent and the flourish of East European folk energy, a passionate mix that entertains and surprises the listener with unexpected twists & turns. ... Click to View

Magill / Hatcher / Kirchen / Kirshner:
Whole Abandoned Star (Kettle Hole Records)

A live concert of collective free improvisation captured at Elastic Arts in Chicago in 2018 between Rob Magill on tenor & soprano saxophones, Gerrit Hatcher on tenor saxophone, Charlie Kirchen on bass, and Julian Kirshner on drums, an energetic and diverse concert in three conversations that allow for great discourse and extended soloing; numbered edition of 150 copies. ... Click to View

Max Bober:
Somos (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Four works by Argentinian composer Max Bober living in Warsaw, Poland, performed in solo, duo and trio configurations by pianist Alejandro Peña Gutiérrez, flutists Francisco Rojas and Clara Peláez Hidalgo, and soprano Natalia Jarosiewicz; fragile works of depth and beauty that unfold gracefully. ... Click to View

Sergio Barco Cote:
Pink Noise(s) In Prime Numbers (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

"An invitation into our perceptual periphery, where noise(s) — and perhaps we — can be somewhat disobedient" read the liner notes to Colombian composer Sergio Cote Barco's sound work, three compositions from extreme minimalism and silence to rich sound, each varying the topography and envelopes of sound, ostensibly performed by "electronic music". ... Click to View

Erica Pomerance :
En Concert a la Commune le P'tit Quebec Libre [VINYL] (Tour De Bras ‎)

A live recording from a concert presented during the Workers' Festival at the Municipality of Petit Quebec Libre in 1972 by Quebec counter-culture folk singer and documentary film maker Erica Pomerance, know best for her 1968 ESP album You Used To Think, here performing solo on guitar & voice, with previously unpublished songs and pieces from her ESP album. ... Click to View

Nate Wooley (w / Laubrock / Modney / Roberts / Courvoisier / Smythe / Matt Moran / Greenberg):
Mutual Aid Music [2 CDs] (Pleasure of the Text Records)

"Mutual aid" is the primary ethic of an anarchistic utopia in which each knows what they have, is honest about what they need, and is prepared to give and receive accordingly; here in 8 compositions from trumpeter Nate Wooley performed with Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier, Cory Smythe, Josh Modney, Matt Moran, Russell Greenberg, and Mariel Roberts. ... Click to View

Flow Trio w/ Joe Mcphee:
Winter Garden (ESP)

Joining the exemplary New York City Flow Trio of Louie Belogenis on tenor & soprano saxophones, Joe Morris on bass, and Charles Downs on drums is NY legendary saxophonist & trumpeter Joe McPhee, performing on tenor saxophone in an album of collective free jazz that reminds its listeners of the power of passionately unfettered yet superbly controlled free playing. ... Click to View

Chris Corsano / Bill Orcutt:
Made Out of Sound (Palilalia Records)

Continuing the collaboration that started in 2013, the duo of drummer Chris Corsano and guitarist Bill Orcutt expand on their free playing during the pandemic, recording remotely, with Orcutt improvising two passes over Corsano's initial drum tracks, creating something that blurs the lines between jazz, rock, folk and something passionately unique to their dialog. ... Click to View

Chris Corsano / Bill Orcutt:
Made Out of Sound [VINYL] (Palilalia Records)

Continuing the collaboration that started in 2013, the duo of drummer Chris Corsano and guitarist Bill Orcutt expand on their free playing during the pandemic, recording remotely, with Orcutt improvising two passes over Corsano's initial drum tracks, creating something that blurs the lines between jazz, rock, folk and something passionately unique to their dialog. ... Click to View

Playfield (Carter, Muhr, Ishito, Plaks, Namenwirth, Takahashi, Swanson, Panikkar):
Vol. 2 (Orbit577)

The second of a 3-album trilogy, Playfield offers the musical equivalency of a walk through the diversity of New York in a loft-style extended improvisation from the octet of Daniel Carter on horns & reeds, Luisa Muhr on voice, Ayumi Ishito on sax, Eric Plaks on piano, Aron Namenwirth & Yutaka Takahashi on guitars, Zach Swanson on bass, and Jon Panikkar on drums. ... Click to View

Paul Dunmall / Keith Tippett / Philip Gibbs / Pete Fairclough:
Onosante (577)

A 4-track collective improvisation project performed by Paul Dunmall (saxophones, fife & bagpipes), pianist Keith Tippett, guitarist Philip Gibbs and drummer Pete Fairclough, recorded at Victoria Rooms at the University of Bristol, UK in 2000 and originally issued on Dunmall's own DUNS label, here reissued 20 years later in the memory of Keith Tippett. ... Click to View

David Shea:
The Thousand Buddha Caves (Room40)

Composer, keyboardist and conceptualist David Shea continues his musical journeys through the world's ancient trading routes that began with his albums Hsi-Yu Chi, The Tower of Mirrors, Satyricon and Rituals, here in ten encompassing compositions exploring the trading route from ancient Xian to Rome, through music, stories, history and Buddhist influences. ... Click to View

Michel Banabila :
Wah-Wah Whispers (Bureau B)

Dutch composer Michel Banabila amalgamates genres, using acoustic and electronics elements to serve his work, here in 8 recent pieces that blend electronica, world forms and soundscape in sophisticated ways, with vocal samples from all n4tural and Yuko Parris, guitar from Cok Van Vuuren, and a collaborative composition with Machinefabriek/Rutger Zuydervelt. ... Click to View

Sun Ra:
Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972) [4 BOOKS] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Four books of poetry by Sun Ra: two pamphlets that accompanied early Sun Ra albums issued in the late 1950s — Jazz By Sun Ra (1957) and Jazz In Silhouette (1959) — and two published more than a decade later later by Infinity Inc./Saturn Research: The Immeasurable Equation and the very rare Extensions Out: The Immeasurable Equation Vol. II. ... Click to View

Elephant9 :
Arrival Of The New Elders [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

After their double live albums, the Norwegian jazz-rock prog trio of Stale Storlokken on keyboards, Nikolai Haengsle on electric bass and electric & acoustic guitars, and Torstein Lofthus on drums & percussion, take a step back from the heavy grooves associated with their music to present a new chapter of sophisticated, spacious and sonically satisfying psychedelic interplay. ... Click to View

Dennis Gonzalez Ataraxia Trio+2 (w / Phelps / Lakpriya + Derek Rogers / Jess Garland):
Nights Enter (Ayler Records)

Unlike anything in trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez's discography, this album was developed from Moog recordings by Derek Rogers, whose shifting tonalities and colors led Gonzalez to a Jon Hassel-influenced approach, adding a rhythmic basis of tabla and djembe from Jagath Lakpriya and sitar-inspired harp from Jess Garland, underpinned by the rich bass work of Drew Phelps. ... Click to View

Baptiste Boiron / Bruno Chevillon / Frederic Gastard:
La [2 CDs] (Ayler)

During a residency in 2020 at the Domaine de Kerguehennec in Brittany, saxophonist and composer Baptiste Boiron developed this repertoire for the trio Lá of Boiron on soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, Bruno Chevillon on double bass, and Frederic Gastard on bass saxophone, Boiron's compositions applying a wealth of creative approaches merging contemporary and improvised playing. ... Click to View

Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon):
The Glass Delusion [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

A wild ride in two live performances, one at Elastic Arts in Chicago and the other at The Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, both in 2018 from the Kuzu trio of Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Tashi Dorji on guitar, and Tyler Damon on drums, evolving free improvisation that builds from introspective to full-on burning free jazz. ... Click to View

Luke Stewart Exposure Quintet:
[VINYL 2 LPs] (Astral Spirits)

Dave Rempis invited bassist & composer Luke Stewart to his Exposure Series at Elastic Arts in Chicago in 2018, assembling a band for Stewart with Edward Wilkerson & Ken Vandermark on reeds, Jim Baker on piano, and Avreeayl Ra on drums; Vandermark then invited the band back to his Option Series at Experimental Sound Studio; this double album presents recordings from both. ... Click to View

Sarah Alexander Ruth / Damon Smith:
God Made My Soul an Ornament (Balance Point Acoustics)

An unusual duo of double bass, voice, hammered dulcimer, recorder, slide whistle, and various objects, recorded in 2019 between bassist Damon Smith and Sarah Ruth Alexander, freely improvising through nine pieces that show the breadth of creative imagination and powerful technical skills of each; curiously compelling, unpredictable and marvelously diverse. ... Click to View

Eric Wong:
Cognitive Dissonance (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Guitarist, computer musician, and improviser Eric Wong (D.N.A.N.D.N.A. with Simon Rose) focuses on sound textures and perception of sound, in three works composed using Ableton Live that explore concepts of psychoacoustic sound through dissonance, harmonic interference and hallucinatory sound, slowly developing works of rich sonic characteristic. ... Click to View

Florian Wittenburg :
Beyond The Traceries (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Various facets of German composer and experimenter Florian Wittenburg's interests, in two iterations of two pieces and two compositions, using voice, vibraphones and ringing bowls, treated electronically to emphasize unique characteristics of sound from warmly rich to mysteriously fragile, balanced with space and careful timing; a valuable introduction to his work. ... Click to View

Yannick Guedon:
L'insistance Des Possibles (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

French voice artist and composer Yannick Guédon living in Brussels composed this extended work, the title translating to "insistence on possibilities", realized with cellist Deborah Walker and violist Cyprien Busolini, Guédon merging extended utterance into long string drones, contrasted with silence, as the piece moves through very specific placement. ... Click to View

Nordheim / Schmidt / Weinheimer:
Das Gekochte (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Sharing compositional credits with the title translating to "the cooked", the trio of Andreas Nordheim on cornet, Ole Schmidt on clarinets, and Chris Weinheimer on flutes, with pianist Jan Gerdes guesting on one piece, present 16 recordings of minimalist harmonic and tonal development, mysterious and haunting works are taxonomically named by their location. ... Click to View

Well... The Yes (Jeph Jerman / Dave Knott):
No, Really. [CASSETTE] (Self Released)

Beginning in 1995 in Seattle, audio explorers Jeph Jerman & David Knotts explore lo-fi approaches using cassettes, mini-cassettes, dictaphones, various assortments of homemade instruments & collected materials, this 2020 cassette including recordings of mouth, stone, wood, glass, metal, paper, plastic, radio, and input from a number of contributors. ... Click to View

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  • April 9, 2021:

    Last week's ezz-thetics and Distribution Price sales kept us remarkably busy, and adding the installation of a shed at my house during the week (which had been reschedule several times to, of course, land on the worst possible week during our scheduled sale), I haven't had much time to write in this space. That said, thanks to all our wonderful customers who took advantage of these sales, as of this morning we are caught up with orders!

    Despite my silence here, I do want to make a couple of notices. First, after a ridiculous shipping mistake on the part of a global shipper (not to be named) our Creative Sources package has finally arrived. That after crossing the Atlantic twice for no discernable reason... Along with the much delayed Wandelweiser delivery, we have a wealth of new albums that will systematically find their way onto our site over the next couple of weeks.

    Second, we screwed up! Nick Vander's excellent Walk My Way 5-volume series of guitar solo works from a global cast of amazing guitarists were listed completely incorrectly on our site. So far we've listed four volumes, the first of which was listed properly, the second and third cloned from the first without correct audio tracks, listings of artists, recording data, &c &c. We discovered the error this week and corrected all four volumes. Apologies on our confusion!

    If you've looked at the previous listings I ask you to look again, as you'll find them much more interesting and accurate this time around. And this week you can look at the 4th volume, with the final, 5th volume, coming next week. If you haven't paid attention to this series and you have interest in guitar playing of all genres and styles, this is an amazing and comprehensive review of the state of the guitar in the 21st century. Kudos to Nick Vander for assembling this excellent series!

    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume One (Orbit577)

    The first of a five-volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from L. Hein, Davaajargal Tsaschikher, Alan Courtis, Marco Cappelli, Elliott Sharp, Hery Ujjaya, Killick Hinds, Gilbert Isbin, and Nick Vander.

    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander: Walk My Way, Volume Two (Orbit577)

    The second of a five-volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from David Stackenas, Jessica Ackerley, Jorge Espinal, Usui Yasuhiro, Scott Fields, Sebastian Sequoiah.Grayson, Sam Shalabi, Shinobu Nemoto and Nyctalllz.

    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Three (Orbit577)

    The third of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Sergio Sorrentino, Christian Vasseur, Charbel Haber, Misha Marks, Henry Kaiser, Nick Ashwood, Emil Palme & Taus Bregnhj-Olesen, Sharif Sehnaoui, Colin Robinson, Martin Huba

    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Four (Orbit577)

    The fourth of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Janet Feder, Martin Vishnick, Ikbal Lubys, Edward J. Gibbs, Joshua Weitzel, Guram Machavari, Eric Wong, Garth Erasmus, and Bill Horist.

    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    As usual I end with the latest updates on Squidco & The Squid's Ear. As a reminder, you can ask us to inform you via email of any upcoming release that you're interested in, with no obligation to purchase. You can also see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.

    April 8, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak) -Fixing the Fluctuating Idea [CD] (Victo)
    Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten/Daisy/Rosaly) -Sud Des Alpes [CD] (Aerophonic)
    Mike Cooper/Duck Baker -Cumino In Mia Cucina [CD] (Confront)
    Damon Smith/Peter Kowald/Joelle Leandre/Bertram Turetzky -Bass Duos 2000-2007 [3 CDs + 3 Postcards] (Balance Point Acoustics)
    Rhodri Davies -Wound Response [CD] (Amgen Records)
    Rhodri Davies -An Air Swept Clean of All Distance [CD] (Amgen Records)
    Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander) -Walk My Way, Volume Four [CD] (Orbit577)
    Donald McKenzie II Sturge Anthony (feat. Elliott Sharp, Bill Laswell and Vernon Reid) -Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block [CD] (577)

    April 8, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Rachel Musson / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders - Shifa - Live in Oslo (577 Records) by John Eyles.

    April 6, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    AMM (Tilbury/Prevost) -Industria [CD] (Matchless)
    Fred Frith/Ikue Mori -A Mountain Doesn't Know it's Tall [CD] (Intakt)
    Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii -Keshin [CD] (Libra)
    James Tenney (Ensemble Open Music Gera) -Acoustic Phenomena/Hymnic Sounds [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Dave Tucker/Pat Thomas/Thurston Moore/Mark Sanders -Educated Guess Vol. 1 [CD] (577)
    Dave Tucker/Pat Thomas/Thurston Moore/Mark Sanders -Educated Guess Vol. 1 [VINYL] (577)
    Donald McKenzie II Sturge Anthony (feat. Nels Cline/Melvin Gibbs /Vernon Reid) -Silenced [CD] (577)
    Rachel Musson/Pat Thomas/Mark Sanders -Shifa - Live at Cafe Oto [CD] (577)
    Coultrain -Phantasmagoria [CD] (Positive Elevation/577 Records)
    Coultrain -Phantasmagoria [VINYL] (Positive Elevation/577 Records)

    April 6, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Futari (Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito) - Beyond (Libra Records) by John Eyles.

    April 1, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Phil Minton and dieb13 - With, Without (Klanggalerie) by Dave Madden.

    March 25, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    John Coltrane Quartet -Newport, New York, Alabama, 1963, Revisited [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Silvan Schmid -Augmented Space [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Alexander Hawkins feat/ Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble -Togetherness Music [CD] (Intakt)
    Mark Feldman -Sounding Point [CD] (Intakt)
    Aki Takase /Christian Weber/Michael Griener -Auge [CD] (Intakt)
    Yuma Uesaka/Cat Toren/Colin Hinton -Ocelot [CDR] (577)
    E. Gibbs Jason -Wolves of Heaven [CD] (Orbit577)
    Sun Ra and His Arkestra -I Struck a Match on the Moon/Dreamsville [7-inch VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    March 24, 2021: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Morton Feldman (Judith Wegmann) - Triadic Memories (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd) by Brian Olewnick.

  • March 24, 2021:

    The spring brings us some new color and a sense of hope as we emerge from one of the strangest years anyone could anticipate. New releases have continued to come through our doors, and it's been a busy couple of weeks here at Squidco, with new albums from 577 & Orbit577 Records, Discus, ESP, ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Ltd, Kettle Hole, Libra, Machinefabriek, Matier Memoire, Otoroku, Rune Grammofon, and Tzadik, along with some other miscellaneous albums and restocks. Below, I've detailed a few albums that engaged me through the change of season.

    Matiere Memoire MMX Series:

    The French Matiere Memoire label initiated a series of albums in 2020 under the title MMXX Series, inviting twenty experimental artists to create a 20 minute piece. Releasing 5 albums per quarter, each record is limited at 500 copies and comes as a crystal clear vinyl featuring an original track of 20 minutes on one side, and a laser engraved artwork on the other. The inserts for the album including the series logo, and a print of the artist. The engravings are shown as the image for our listings of the albums, rather than the series logo, giving you an idea of the beautiful production work for each album.

    This series reminds me of my earliest years of collecting, which was all on vinyl, digging through bins of material with fascinating covers, inserts, packaging, 1-sided albums with etchings, &c. It reminds me that no download or streaming audio can present music in such a fine and interesting format, bringing music, art and design together. For me, that is the essence of culture and commitment to one's work, and why Squidco sells physical media and not vaporous bits. We've just started picking up Matiere Memoire albums this year, and this label is a great addition to our catalog, and a testament to the uniqueness that only tangible objects like these can provide.

    We start with some of our catalog's most interesting audio explorers: Phil Niblock, Stephen O'Malley, and Charlemagne Palestine, along with a work from someone new to our catalog, Karbe Dinel.

    O'Malley, Stephen: MMXX-11: st-Vast Sommaren [CLEAR VINYL] (Matiere Memoire)

    A rich and beautiful drone work from Stephen O'Malley recorded at EMS in Stockholm, the title translating to "East-West Summer", as the piece emulates an accommodating evening, electronic crickets introducing and then settling into a slowly rotating and absorbing combination of tones, the flickering crickets returning to fade out the sense of restful night.

    Palestine, Charlemagne: MMXX-06: VVVOOOODDDOOOO DDDDOOOOODDDDDOOOOO [CLEAR VINYL] (Matiere Memoire)

    The expansive mind of composer and experimenter Charlemagne Palestine presents an extended drone work performed on organ, building from a peaceful single note to a harmonically rich combination of tones with a haunting vocal quality, subtly shifting and building in momentum then slowly fading out to the 20 minute mark; an epic journey in polyphonic transition.

    Dinel, Karbe: MMXX-09: Ouroboros [CLEAR VINYL] (Matiere Memoire)

    French sound artist Karbe Dinel creates a complex work of sound that shifts through diverse moods and seamlessly dovetailed sections, using synthesizer and effects to create deep resonating tones and high pitched complements, mysterious grainy ambience, haunting chambers of drifting electronics; a mysterious and compelling journey in the electronic realm.

    Niblock, Phill [CLEAR VINYL]: MMXX-12: Browned (Matiere Memoire)

    Recording in Cologne, Germany, the quartet of Arne Deforce on cello, Deborah Walker on cello, Erik Drescher on flute, and Dafne Vicent Sandoval on bassoon realize NY composer Phill Niblock's work of acoustic drone, using long sustained notes to create a seething combination of harmonic interactions with an ominous tone, ending somewhat abruptly to reveal its layers.

    We picked up two other Niblock albums before starting with the MMXX series, an LP and a CD, listed here:

    Niblock, Phill: Music for Organs (Matiere Memoire)

    Two massive drone works for organ and pre-recorded tracks commissioned by Musica Festival Strasbourg for organist Hampus Lindwall, with tapes by Emanuel Schmelzer-Ziringer, each piece titled anagrammatically (ie. Nagro = Organ) and recorded with the composer at the Manufacture d'orgues Thomas and Orgelbau Klais organ in the Collegiale Sainte-Waudru, in Mons, Belgium.

    Niblock, Phill / Franck Vigroux / Kasper T. Toeplitz: BestiaIRE [VINYL] (Matiere Memoire)

    Two large works of complex sound and drone composed by New York avant composer Phill Niblock and performed by the French IRE ensemble of Kasper T. Toeplitz on electric bass, Franck Vigroux on electric guitar & electronics, and Helene Breschand on electric harp, exploring Niblock's work through the innovative merging of electronic instrumentation.

    Unexpected Pandemic Positives:

    The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a struggle for far too many performing artists, due to closed venues and the inability to travel. The response for many has been to turn to live video performance, to explore their recorded back catalog for unreleased material, and to turn inward to write and expand their playing. Japanese pianist, composer and band-leader Satoko Fujii has done a bit of all of these during the pandemic. Her Facebook page has presented a wealth of live performances of herself and husband Natsuki Tamura, keeping her music active and vivid during this time.

    Fujii explains that she is typically home infrequently, spending most months of the year on the road. She has a small practice room in her home, and a piano that she has been playing on for more than 45 years she affectionately explains: "We know each other well". Working with sound engineer Mike Marciano, she transformed her practice room into a recording studio and set out to record a solo album. Unique to her other studio work, this setting allowed Fujii the flexibility and freedom to re-record at will, to revise each work, and to give special care and attention to each composition.

    The results are magnificent, one of the most intimate and engaging of her solo albums. Many of the pieces use the pandemic as thematic material, with titles like "Invisible", "Quarantined", "Cluster"; but the themes and compositions are not negative, they are simply pathways to her wonderfully reflective and rich playing. Given the frustration of the year, this may well be one of the most memorable and beautiful works of art to emerge from the global affliction.

    Satoko, Fujii: Hazuki (Libra)

    With the sudden cessation of touring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Satoko Fujii turned to composing and recording herself in a home studio that she developed with the help of sound engineer Mike Marciano, freeing herself to explore new compositional methods and approaches to theory, this superb solo album the results of seven months of sublime self-expression.

    Evan Parker Reissues:

    Last week we added to essential reissues from saxophonist Evan Parker's early LP issues to our catalog. The first, Saxophone Solo is Parker's 1976 Incus album that brings together 3 live and 1 studio track recorded just 5 years after his Topography of the Lungs trio album. His unique style and confidence in presenting his then-very unusual technique and approach make this one of the most important albums in his discography. The second album, Six of One, finds Parker 6 years later taking his explorations farther, particularly into the technically challenging upper registers of the instrument. Parker also chose a venue rich in resonance to showcase the sound of his instrument, a concept that often accompanies his live and studio work going forward.

    Parker, Evan: Saxophone Solos [VINYL] (Otoroku)

    Virtually unprecedented for the time, Evan Parker's 1976 solo soprano saxophone album captures Parker's prowess and unusual harmonic approach to the saxophone in a 1975 concert at the Unity Theatre in London and in the FMP studio the same year, using the instrument in startling ways as he captivates his listeners through a unique revelation of logic, drama and staggering skill.

    Parker, Evan: Six of One [VINYL] (Otoroku)

    London's Otoroku label keeps this magnificent album in print with a 2021 reissue of the 1982 Incus release featuring Evan Parker performing solo on soprano saxophone, using the natural resonance of the Church Of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, in Hampstead London as he explores upper tones and high frequency split tones in a technically brilliant display.

    What is left unsaid in the abstract, and even in the review attached to the Otoroku reissue of Parker's Six of One, is the stunning and mesmerizing aspect of his performance. Through continuous playing at a high speed Parker achieves something akin to a meditative state at full velocity, as his progressions enter into grooves that are not only technically impressive, but also logically satisfying. They push the listener into his mental state, following his perfectly executed motion wafted aloft by the resonance of the Church of St. Jude. I've witnessed other players using circular breathing and attaining something close to the rapidity Parker achieves, but this album demonstrates how he has taken this to a breathtaking level of achievement. Simply stunning, mesmerizing, hypnotic, virtually unbelievable.

    Parker, Evan: The Topography of the Lungs (psi)

    2013 reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970 with two additional tracks, making an amazing release showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language.

    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    Last, here are updates on Squidco & The Squid's Ear. As a reminder, you can ask us to inform you via email of any upcoming release that you're interested in, with no obligation to purchase. You can also see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.

    March 23, 2021: New @ Squidco:
    John Zorn (Gosling/Hashimoto/Roeder/Smith) -Heaven and Earth Magick [CD] (Tzadik)
    John Zorn -Gnosis: The Inner Light [CD] (Tzadik)
    John Zorn -Teresa de Avila [CD] (Tzadik)
    John Zorn and Jesse Harris -Songs For Petra [VINYL] (Tzadik)
    Sana Nagano (w/ Apflebaum/Matsuno/Filiano/Herternstein) -Smashing Humans [VINYL] (577)
    Devouring the Guilt (Gerrit Hatcher/Bill Harris/Eli Namay) -Prison Planet [CD] (Kettle Hole Records)
    Gerrit Hatcher/Rob Magill/Patrick Shiroishi -Triplet Fawns [CDR] (Kettle Hole Records)
    Joel Futterman/Ike Levin (w/ guest Benjamin Tomassetti) -Enigma [CD] (Charles Lester Music)
    Joel Futterman -Transition One [CD] (Creation Music)
    Jeph Jerman -Popular Fictions [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tsss Tapes)


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