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Paul Bley Trio:
Touching & Blood, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Reissuing two essential and innovative piano trio albums: Paul Bley Trio's 1965 album Touching with Bley on piano, Kent Carter on double bass and Barry Altschul on drums, plus the title track from the 1966 Bley album Blood with Altschul and Mark Levinson taking the double bass roll, performing compositions by Paul Bley, Carla Bley and Annette Peacock. ... Click to View


Fire! Orchestra / Krzysztof Penderecki:
Actions (Rune Grammofon)

"Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra" was originally written by Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki for the New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra, assembled by Don Cherry for the occasion and conducted by composer himself; this new extended reading and conduction of the score from 2018 was originated and directed by Mats Gustafsson, a powerful update and expansion of the original work. ... Click to View


Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders:
Unity (577)

Despite countless collaborations in a variety of settings, UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall and drummer/percussionist Mark Sanders have never recorded one of the most straight-forward of pairings — the saxophone and drum duo — correcting their omission with his superb album of exploratory and exuberant dialogs, five tracks showing the skill and kinship between the two. ... Click to View


Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints:
Other Worlds (Greenleaf Music)

Referencing Wayne Shorter ("Footprints") and the lyrically free playing of Shorter's 60s influences, this 3rd album led by tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, with the powerful support of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron, was recorded following a week at New York's Village Vanguard in January 2020. ... Click to View


Donald Miller:
Transgression!!! [VINYL] (Vin Du Select Qualitite)

Legendary Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller takes a step back to give his listeners an unexpected album of 12-string acoustic guitar instrumentals, something that would fit well in the Imaginational Anthem series through informed pick and slide work, an embraceable album of unique guitar styles and creative rambles through avant and abstract folk & blues forms. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho:
Kingdom of Oblivion (Rune Grammofon)

The productive and excellent work of Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho, releasing an album a year for 30+ years, continues with this superb example of long form and diverse approaches to the rock medium, the core trio of Saether (bass, vocals, mellotron, &c), Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, sax, vocals) and Tomas Jarmyr (drums) extended by Reine Fiske on guitar and Ola Kvernberg on percussion. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho:
Kingdom of Oblivion [2 LPs CLEAR] (Rune Grammofon)

The productive and excellent work of Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho, releasing an album a year for 30+ years, continues with this superb example of long form and diverse approaches to the rock medium, the core trio of Saether (bass, vocals, mellotron, &c), Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, sax, vocals) and Tomas Jarmyr (drums) extended by Reine Fiske on guitar and Ola Kvernberg on percussion. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho:
Kingdom of Oblivion [2 LPs] (Rune Grammofon)

The productive and excellent work of Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho, releasing an album a year for 30+ years, continues with this superb example of long form and diverse approaches to the rock medium, the core trio of Saether (bass, vocals, mellotron, &c), Hans Magnus Ryan (guitar, sax, vocals) and Tomas Jarmyr (drums) extended by Reine Fiske on guitar and Ola Kvernberg on percussion. ... Click to View


Squid:
Bright Green Field (Warp Records)

Blurring the boundaries of popular rock, composed and electro/experimental/ea forms, with hints of The Ex, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem and their own happily quirky sound, Squid was formed in Brigton by Ollie Judge (Drums & Lead Vocals), Louis Borlase (Guitars), Arthur Leadbetter (Keys, Strings & Percussion), Laurie Nankivell (Bass & Brass) and Anton Pearson (Guitars). ... Click to View


Hedvig Mollestad Trio:
Ding Dong. You're Dead (Rune Grammofon)

A scorching album of instrumental rock bridging avant, prog and jazz/rock forms, from the inspired and burning Norwegian band led by guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and her trio with bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjornstad; reference John McLaughlin, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, or just focus on the powerhouse that is the Hedvig Mollestad Trio. ... Click to View


Hedvig Mollestad Trio:
Ding Dong. You're Dead [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

A scorching album of instrumental rock bridging avant, prog and jazz/rock forms, from the inspired and burning Norwegian band led by guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen and her trio with bassist Ellen Brekken and drummer Ivar Loe Bjornstad; reference John McLaughlin, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath, or just focus on the powerhouse that is the Hedvig Mollestad Trio. ... Click to View


Ulrich Mitzlaff :
Transparent - fluorescent sound fibres (Creative Sources)

German cellist and pianist living in Lisbon, Ulrich Mitzlaff recorded these two solo works titled "transparent — fluorescent sound fibers" #1 & #2 in 2015 and 2020, each voiced for extended and unusual instrumental technique in an interaction with percussive objects, the first from 2015 performing on cello, the second from 2020 performed on piano. ... Click to View


Welcome To Silkeborg (Varela / Trinite):
Alba (Creative Sources)

A live recording without an audience and the start of the Welcome To Silkeborg project between Lisbon improvisers Tiago Varela (Equinox Quartet, Isotope Ensemble) on melodicas & voice, and Monsieur Trinité (Equinox Quartet, IKB, Potlatch, Variable Geometry Orchestra) on percussive objects, their first encounter finding the two in a relaxed dialog of creative conversation. ... Click to View


Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio:
Moon on the Lake (Libra)

Pianist Satoko Fujii introduces a new trio with two younger and very active musicians on the Japanese jazz scene--bassist Takashi Sugawa and drummer Ittetsu Takemura--recording in 2010 at Pit Inn in Tokyo for their 3rd live date together, performing five lyrical Fujii original compositions, including "Aspirations" from her album with Leo Smith & Ikue Mori. ... Click to View


Jen Shyu & Jade Tongue:
Zero Grasses: Ritual for the Losses (Pi Recordings)

An articulate and important collection of songs devoted to the marginalized voices of women around the world from NY vocalist Jen Shyu, performed in a masterful quintet with Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, Mat Maneri on viola, Thomas Morgan on bass, Dan Weiss on drums, Shyu singing and performing on percussion, piano, Taiwanese moon lute, and Japanese biwa. ... Click to View


Guillermo Gregorio / Damon Smith / Jerome Bryerton:
Room of the the Present (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Two performances of Chicago reedist and composer Guillermo Gregorio's graphic score "Moholy 2", inspired by the artwork of László Moholy-Nagy, recorded in two conductions at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago in 2007 & 2008 by the trio of Gregorio on clarinets & alto sax, Damon Smith on double bass, and Jerome Bryerton on percussion, cymbals and drums. ... Click to View


Space Quartet (Toral / Antunes / Morao / Torres):
Directions (Clean Feed)

An exploration of space, not outer, but the space we give to each other, the space between events and the space between musical expression, as composed by electronic artist Rafael Toral, using acoustic & electronic feedback and amplification with his quartet of Hugo Antunes on double bass, Nuno Mora on drums & percussion and Nuno Torres on saxophone & electronics. ... Click to View


Innanen / Pasborg / Piromalli:
This Is It (Clean Feed)

The Hammond organ takes the lead sound on this straight-up, melodically grooving and fast-paced album, with compositions coming mostly from Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen performed in this trio with French organist Cedric Piromalli and Danish drummer Stefan Pasborg; an album that puts one foot in the history of 60's jazz and one foot firmly in the creative present. ... Click to View


IKB:
Limosa Limosa (Creative Sources)

IKB, a ten-piece reductionist electroacoustic ensemble of strings, reeds, guitar, computer, percussion, piano, drums & objects, continues their exploration of exotic animal species with this 2020 live performance at O'Culto da Ajuda in Lisbon, Portugal, long-billed shore bird Limosa through detailed, restrained and remarkable expression. ... Click to View


Michael Sarian / Matthew Putman:
A Lifeboat (Part I) [VINYL] (577)

The first of two planned volumes of studio improvisations between Brooklyn trumpeter & flugelhorn player Michael Sarian and keyboardist Matthew Putman, recorded in Sarin's home studio during the 2020 pandemic, allowing freedom in exploration as they sought out cadences, rhythms and melodies, this 1st volume presenting the finest of their investigations. ... Click to View


Joel Futterman / Ike Levin:
Live In Chicago (JDF/CLM )

An almost hour long "Rhizome" of free improvisation and a brief "Renewal" from the duo of Joel Futterman on piano and Ike Levin on tenor sax & bass clarinet, performing live at Constellation in Chicago in 2017, for a wonderfully evolving work of suspense, release, technical brilliance and exuberant expression, a dialog that only two such frequent collaborators can evoke. ... Click to View


Ian Power:
Diligence (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two works for solo instrumentalists by Baltimore composer Ian Power, both written in 1984: "mahrem bir eser | a private work" using microtonal harmonics and electronic noise, performed by cellist Mariel Robers and recorded in 2016 at Brandeis Univeristy; and "swathe" using overtone and microtone performed by clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich and recorded in NYC in 2019. ... Click to View


Anthony Braxton :
12 Duets (DCWM) 2012 [12 CD Box Set] (New Braxton House)

Newly Distributed in 2021: 12-CD set presenting Braxton in dialogue with three distinctive duet partners: violinist Erica Dicker, vocalist Kyoko Kitamura and bassoonist Katherine Young. Recording dates: August 14 & 15 (Kyoko Kitamura), August 21 & 22 (Erica Dicker), August 28 & 29 (Katherine Young). ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Nate Wooley:
Polarity (Burning Ambulance Music)

Tight interaction in an incredible weaving of creative ideas and technical prowess from the duo of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and trumpeter Nate Wooley, the two New York-based improvisers recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for ten dialogs, a perfect distillation of their work together after four CDs in larger group efforts; captivating. ... Click to View


Courvoisier / Rothenberg / Sartorius:
Lockdown (Clean Feed)

Recording in the studio in Switzerland, the trio of Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Ned Rothenberg on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet & Shakuhachi, and Julian Sartorius on drums & percussion perform a mix of compositions, with 3 from Courvoisier and 1 by Rothenberg, and 4 collective improvisations; a unified and accomplished album of diverse approaches to free improv. ... Click to View


Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson):
Legal Tender [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz. ... Click to View


Dominique Pifarely Quartet (w/ Rayon / Chevillon / Merville):
Nocturnes (Clean Feed)

Following his ECM album Trace Provisoire, violinist Dominique Pifarély's new album with his quartet of Antonin Rayon on piano, Bruno Chevillon on double bass and Francois Merville on drums, expands on the merging of compositional and improvisational form in this set of Pifarély compositions, alongside two co-written with Bruno Chevillon and two with Antonin Rayon. ... Click to View


Jonas Cambien Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen):
Nature Hath Painted The Body (Clean Feed)

Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation. ... Click to View


Hearth (Silva / Rasmussen / Rave / Draksler):
Melt (Clean Feed)

Meeting for the 1st time at the 2016 October Meeting in Holland, the quartet performance there of Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Mette Rasmussen on alto sax, Ada Rave on tenor sax & clarinet and Kaja Draksler on piano, inspired the formation of Hearth to develop soundscapes focusing on moods and textures, as heard in these six rich, explorative collective improvisations. ... Click to View


Andre Fernandes (w/ Sambeat / Campos / Heliodoro / Pereira):
Kinetic [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Active Lisbon guitarist and producer André Fernandes formed the band Kinetic to perform the lyrically upbeat and sophisticated works of composers he admires--David Binney, Ohad Talmor, Akiko Pavolka, Sara Serpa, Perico Sambeat and Xan Campos--in a band that includes saxophonist Sambeat and pianist Campos, along with bassist Frederico Heliodoro and drummer João Pereira. ... Click to View



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When The Squid's Ear first started it was with the idea of creating a magazine website that emulated the print medium. Hence we created structured covers for each "issue," which were purportedly delivered quarterly. Below are the 6 issues from our first 2 years.

The Squid's Ear 1st Or So
Anniversary Issue


Squid's Ear 1st Anniversary
Illustration: Madeleine Fix


FEATURES

    EEwAP+JB(10)
        Ellery Eskelin's Trio with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black
        Mark 10 Years Together

        By Kurt Gottschalk

    The Best Kept Secret in the East
        Tom Rainey Sits Behind the Kit for Tim Berne,
        Mark Helias and Tony Malaby. Surely You've Noticed

        By Matt Rand
         An Earful of Rainey
        By Steve Smith



FESTIVAL REVIEW

    Flying through Vancouver
        The 16th Annual Time Flies Festival
        By Paul Serralheiros



BOOK REVIEWS

    Helen Stapinski - Baby Plays Around (Villard)
        By Kristen Persinos

    Steve Dollar - Jazz Guide to New York City
    (The Little Bookroom)
        By Kurt Gottschalk


10 Pauline Oliveros Okk Yung Lee Steppenwolf XXXXX
The Best of
Last Year
Pauline Oliveros
on the Accordion
Okkyung Lee
Travelogue
Our Own
Bottom Shelf
Editorials










Previously Featured at The Squid's Ear

December 2003

Squid Sax SAXOPHONE TRIO

    Singing at the Threshold
        Kali Fasteau's Lifetime of
        Listening and Playing

        By James Keepnews

    Berlitz Jazz
        David Murray's Musical Travels
        By Kurt Gottschalk

    John Butcher
        Improvising from a
        Sound Perspective

        By Marc Chénard




    Outside the Chicken Shack
            Lars Hollmer Brings Sammla Mammas Manna to the U.S.
        By William Burke

    Festival Reviews

        Fiasco in Chicago
            The 2003 Jazz Festival, and the Story that Needn't Be Told
            By Kurt Gottschalk

        Guelph's Caring Adventure
            The Little Engine in Ontario
            By Mike Chamberlain

    Book Review

        John Fahey's Vampire Vultures
            By Kurt Gottschalk


Johnny Cash RIAA Marc Ribot Italian Flag Cabaret Laws
Ameri-chord: Johnny Cash Remembered The Upside of Dowloading Marc Ribot's Musical Activism Jim Pugliese's Travelogue Cheek to Cheek Misdemeanors






Previously Featured at The Squid's Ear

October 2003




Overview:

    Mike Hammer, Les Baxter and the Jewish People
    The Many Tribes of John Zorn
    By Skip Heller

    Charming the Cobra
    A first-hand account of organizing a performance of John Zorn's most famous game piece
    By Eyal Hareuveni



Interview:

    12 Stories About John Zorn and One About A Fan
    Claudia Heuermann's Documentary Shows Musician and Filmmaker in Action
    By Kurt Gottschalk

    Op Ed: The Zorn Non-Inteview
    Ah, John, We Hardly Knew Ye




In Review:

    A Month of Zorndays
    John Zorn's 50th Birthday Celebration at Tonic
    Updated througout the month!



Critics Picks: John Zorn on Record





July 2003



Susie Ibarra

Susie's Aria
Drummer Susie Ibarra Premieres her first Opera
By Steve Smith

Great Minds at Play
Finding Art in Science, Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe
By Matt Rand

Goth Pop, The Ocean and Radio Shack
The Unique Sensibilities of Marianne Nowottny
By Florence Wetzel

Stop and Smell the Sewers
Psychogeographers Strive to Slow the Nonstop City
By Kurt Gottschalk and Urania Mylonas

Free Music Missionary or Professional Juggler
Evan Parker Discusses Four Decades in Free Improvisation
By Marc Chenard

Festival Reviews:

    Big Sounds in a Small Town
    The Victoriaville Festival celebrates, or at least notices, its 20th anniversary
    By Kurt Gottschalk

    Visions from the Past
    The 2003 Vision Festival Resurrects Legends from the '60s
    By Kurt Gottschalk
        Sound and Vision 2002
        Thirsty Ear's Vision Festival CD/DVD Reviewed


Op-Ed:

    Irving Stone Remembered,
    The Jazz Journalists Awards Noted,
    The Knitting Factory Lamented


 
Butch Morris
Butch Morris Interviewed Derek Bailey on the Guitar Perry Robinson on the Clarinet Anthony Coleman's Bottom Shelf


April 2003



Fred Frith

Destruction and Creativity
Fred Frith in Montreal
By Mike Chamberlain
    An Earful of Fred
    By Len 37 Siegfried

When They Write the Book
Pianist Lewis Porter's Creates an Encyclopedia of Jazz
By Matt Rand

Festival Reviews:

    Sound in the Balance
    Amplify 2003: Elemental
    By Nirav Soni
        An Electroacoustic Ear
        By Nirav Soni

    Swiss Harmony Knife
    Notes from After Yodel: New Swiss Music
    By Kurt Gottschalk




January 2003





Peter Kowald and the New York Unity Village
By Mike Heffley

Separatism and Sound in French Quebec
By Mike Chamberlain

Freedom of Suppression
By Urania Mylonas

The Manhattan Listening Tour
By Nirav Soni

With the Infidel
By Jon Rose

In the Air There's a Feeling of Boombox
By Kurt Gottschalk

Peter Kowald


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Recent Selections @ Squidco:


Paul Bley Trio:
Touching & Blood,
Revisited
(ezz-thetics by
Hat Hut Records Ltd)



Donald Miller:
Transgression!!!
[VINYL]
(Vin Du
Select Qualitite)



Barry Altschul's
3Dom Factor
(feat. Jon Irabagon /
Joe Fonda):
Long Tall
Sunshine
(Not Two)



Squid:
Bright Green Field
(Warp Records)



Paul Dunmall /
Mark Sanders:
Unity
(577)



IKB:
Limosa Limosa
(Creative Sources)



Satoko Fujii
Tokyo Trio:
Moon on
the Lake
(Libra)



Ivo Perelman /
Nate Wooley:
Polarity
(Burning Ambulance Music)



Cortex
(Hoyer /
Nilssen /
Alberts /
Johansson):
Legal Tender
[VINYL]
(Clean Feed)



Jonas Cambien Trio
(w /
Roligheten /
Wildhagen):
Nature Hath
Painted The Body
(Clean Feed)



String Theory:
Musique Placide
(Creative Sources)



Chrome Hill
(Lerheim /
Nymo /
Lofthus /
Arntzen):
This Is
Chrome Hill
[VINYL]
(Clean Feed)



Evan Parker
Electro-Acoustic
Ensemble:
Warszawa 2019
(Listen! Foundation
(Fundacja Sluchaj!))



Lucio Miele:
Kalpa
(Creative Sources)



Axel Dorner /
Toshimaru Nakamura:
In Cotton
and Wool
(Ftarri)



Roberto Miranda
Home Music Ensemble
(Bradford /
Carter /
Newton /
Tapscott /
&c):
Live At
Bing Theatre:
Los Angeles, 1985
(Dark Tree Records)



Bob Drake:
Planets & Animals
(Recommended Records)



Magnus Granberg w/
Miki Maruta,
Ko Ishikawa,
Toshimaru Nakamura:
Come Down to Earth
Where Sorrow Dwelleth
(Meenna)



Bertrand Denzler /
Antonin Gerbal:
Sbatax
(Umlaut Records)



Sergio Merce:
En Lugar
De Pensar
(Edition Wandelweiser)







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