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June 14-16: More than 200 albums on sale at Distribution Prices!

Top Sellers for 2020 by Customer Sales
Squidco Top 40 by Customer Orders

Top Sellers in Squidco's catalog added in 2020 and listed in alphabetic order. We consider this our most important list for the year, as it speaks from the community of our customers about what they are really interested in and listening to.



 
Ayler, Albert Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 (Revisited) [2 CDs]
Ayler, Albert Quartet With Don Cherry:
European Recordings Autumn 1964 (Revisited) [2 CDs]

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $19.95    




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Essential radio and live recordings from saxophonist Albert Ayler's European tour in 1964 with Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on double bass and Sunny Murray on drums, a quintessential grouping for Ayler's compositions, here in outstanding renditions of classic works including "Spirits", "Ghosts", "Vibrations", "Mothers", "Childrens", plus Don Cherry's "Infant Happiness".

Ayler, Albert Trio: 1964 Prophecy Revisted
Ayler, Albert Trio:
1964 Prophecy Revisted

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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With the essential sidemen to express his unique voice and approach to free jazz, saxophonist Albert Ayler, double bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Sunny Murray, recorded these sessions in 1964 for the ESP label as "Prophecy", this excellent reissue & remaster also adding the live "Albert Smiles with Sunny" (inRespect) from the same concert; essential.

Ayler, Albert: Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited
Ayler, Albert:
Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Revisiting two of the most essential and influential albums of saxophonist Albert Ayler's discography, both recorded in 1965 — Spirits Rejoice in a sextet and Bells in a quintet — both drawing from some of NY's finest players including Charles Tyler, Henry Grimes, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray, Donald Ayler and Lewis Worrell, properly remastered to showcase Ayler's stunning conceptions in free jazz.

Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: The Clawed Stone
Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp:
The Clawed Stone

(RogueArt -- Switzerland )


Price: $16.95    




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Matthew Shipp (piano), John Butcher (saxophones) and Thomas Lehn (electronics) in a studio album recorded in France in 2017, a uniquely voiced collective trio of transformative improvisation, Lehn's additions and modifications blending perfectly with Shipp's solid foundations and Butcher's advanced technical expression, for an engrossing and expressive set of recordings.

Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days
Chicago Underground Quartet:
Good Days

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $11.95    




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19 years after the last Chicago Underground Quartet album, this session with Rob Mazurek on piccolo trumpet, electronics & bells, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, and Chad Taylor on drums, percussion and newcomer Josh Johnson on synth bass & keys is a warm reunion, with individual compositions from Taylor, Mazurek & Parker, and two solo pieces by Mazurek and Taylor.

Coltrane, John Quartet: My Favorite Things Graz 1962
Coltrane, John Quartet:
My Favorite Things Graz 1962

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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The 2nd volume from tenor & soprano saxophonist John Coltrane 1962 tour of Europe and Scandinavia, heard here in late November at Stefaniensaal, Graz with his quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones, the band playing classic numbers under the influence of Coltrane's expanding drive to transform his music toward greater freedom.

Evangelista, Karl (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts): Apura! [2 CDs]
Evangelista, Karl (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts):
Apura! [2 CDs]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $15.95    




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Filipino guitarist Karl Evangelista translates the name of the seminal South African sextet Chris McGregor Group's album "Very Urgent" to the tagalog equivalent--"Apura!"-- recording in London with McGregor group drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and kindred soul Trevor Watts on saxophones, plus luminary pianist Alexander Hawkins, for a sophisticated album of exemplary collective improv.

Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann): Triadic Memories [2 CDs]
Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann):
Triadic Memories [2 CDs]

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $19.95    




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The second of four connected solo piano works by Morton Feldman, Triadic Memories is about that reality, the acoustic space created by the piano's strings and soundboard, as Feldman attempted to expand the temporal frame of his music, heard here in Judith Wegmann's 2019 recording, where thThe second of four connected solo piano works by Morton Feldman, Triadic Memories is about the acoustic space created by the piano's strings and soundboard, as Feldman worked to expand the temporal frame of his music, heard her in Judith Wegmann's 2019 studio recording where that space is revealed by a magnificent Bosendorfer 280VC piano.at space is revealed by a magnificent Bosendorfer 280VC piano.

Graves, Milford / Don Pullen: The Complete Yale Concert, 1966
Graves, Milford / Don Pullen:
The Complete Yale Concert, 1966

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Originally issued in two volumes on their own SRP Records in 1966 & 67 as In Concert At Yale University and Nommo, the duo of drummer/percussionist Milford Graves and pianist Don Pullen are heard live in in this excitingly energetic and revelatory concert at Yale University, redefining the roles of their instruments during the most exploratory period of free jazz.

Jubileum Quartet (Leandre / Parker / Fermandez / Kaucic): A  UIS ?
Jubileum Quartet (Leandre / Parker / Fermandez / Kaucic):
A UIS ?

(Not Two -- Poland )


Price: $15.95    




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Celebrating 40 years of Zlatko Kaucic's professional career as a musician, the quartet of Joelle Leandre on acoustic bass, Evan Parker on tenor saxophone, Agusti Fernandez on piano, and Zlatko Kaucic on drums & objects are heard live at the 23th Cerkno Jazz Festival in 2018 for an extended and stunning set, from the most active to the most introspective of moments.

Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon): Purple Dark Opal
Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon):
Purple Dark Opal

(Aerophonic -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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In 2018 on their 2nd tour, the Kuzu trio of Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Tashi Dorji on guitar, and Tyler Damon on drums, captured this, their 15th concert in the tour, at The Sugar Maple, in Milwaukee, an extended improvisation that lives up to its title in dark ruminations that reveal beauty and rare color through powerful and passionate playing.

London Jazz Composers Orchestra: That Time
London Jazz Composers Orchestra:
That Time

(Not Two -- Poland )


Price: $15.95    




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Released for their 50th anniversary, The LJCO, in configurations of up to 21 musicians including Derek Bailey, Trevor Watts, Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann, &c., perform works by Kenny Wheeler, Barry Guy, Paul Rutherford and Howard Riley, captured live at the Berliner Jazztage in 1972; at Donaueschingen Musiktage in 1972; in the studio in 1980; and London's Round House in 1980.

McPhee, Joe : Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2 CDs]
McPhee, Joe :
Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2 CDs]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Unreleased material from Joe McPhee's archives, three live settings of the saxophonist and pocket trumpeter in upstate NY: a quartet with vibraphonist Ernie Bostic and the rhythm section of Tyrone Crabb and Bruce Thompson live at Vassar College; live in New Windsor with saxophonist Reggie Marks; and an outdoor concert at Poughkeepsie's Lincoln Centre.

New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited
New York Contemporary Five:
Consequences Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Though short-lived, the New York Contemporary Five brought together NY free players Don Moore on bass, J.C. Moses on drums, Archie Shepp on tenor saxophone, and Don Cherry on trumpet with Danish alto saxophonist John Tchicai, in a remastered edition of their 1966 album "Consequences", expanded with Shepp's revisiting of the material in a sextet with Sunny Murray and Ted Curson.

Parker, Charlie : Selections From The DIAL Recordings
Parker, Charlie :
Selections From The DIAL Recordings

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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The first of two volumes in celebration of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker's 100th birthday, here remastering his landmark recordings for the Dial label on the US West Coast between 1946-47, performing with jazz greats including Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Erroll Garner, Barney Kessel, Red Calender, JJ Johson, Max Roach, &c. for some of Parker's best known and essential compositions.

Parker, Charlie : Selections From The SAVOY Recordings
Parker, Charlie :
Selections From The SAVOY Recordings

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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The second of two volumes in celebration of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker's 100th birthday, here remastering his landmark recordings for the Savoy label in New York City between 1945-48, performing with jazz greats including Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Lewis, Curley Russel, Max Roach, &c. for some of be-bop's finest and best known compositions.

Phillips, Barre: Thirty Years In Between [2 CDs]
Phillips, Barre:
Thirty Years In Between [2 CDs]

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )


Price: $21.95    




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The title to be taken literally, these two solo concerts recorded in Canada by French-based US bassist Barre Phillips, the first recorded at Vancouver Western Front in 1989, the 2nd from the 35th International Festival Music Festival of Victoriaville in 2019, both exemplary concerts showing his masterful skills and ability to captivate then and now.

Prevost, Eddie: An Uncommon Music For the Common Man [BOOK]
Prevost, Eddie:
An Uncommon Music For the Common Man [BOOK]

(Matchless -- UK )


Price: $39.95    




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Percussionist, Improviser and AMM founding member Eddie Prévost's fourth book presents a fascinating series of reflections and challenging insights on music in its various forms, and the development of improvised music at the intersection of contemporary compositional and conceptual forms; alongside a personal history of Prevost's life and his relationship with music.

Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Tyler Ho Bynum / Joe Morris: Geometry Of Distance
Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Tyler Ho Bynum / Joe Morris:
Geometry Of Distance

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Following their debut album, "Geometry of Caves", the quartet of improvising musicians Joe Morris (guitar), Tomeka Reid (cello), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Kyoko Kitamura (voice) return for this album of passionate free improvisation, here even more attuned as a group as they employ their collective language using unusual technique and incredible expertise; spectacular!

Rivers, Sam Trio feat Dave Holland / Barry Altschul: Ricochet
Rivers, Sam Trio feat Dave Holland / Barry Altschul:
Ricochet

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


Price: $15.95    




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Captured live in San Francisco in 1978, the lastest in the NoBusiness Sam Rivers Archive series finds the masterful wind player in peak form with the trio of Dave Holland on bass & cello, and Barry Altschul on drums, Rivers on tenor & soprano sax, flute & piano, in the 52 minute free jazz epic "Ricochet", a high-energy work of diverse mood and character; superb!

TEST / Roy Campbell: TEST / Roy Campbell
TEST / Roy Campbell:
TEST / Roy Campbell

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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A live recording from 1999 at Hint House in Harlem of TEST, led by Tom Bruno on drums with Matthew Heyner on bass and Sabir Mateen on alto & tenor sax, flute & clarinet, joined by Daniel Carter on alto & tenor sax, trumpet & flute, the set recorded by Matt Motel who captures the essence of this freewheeling band who brought their music not only to jazz clubs, but also to the street and subway.

Taylor, Cecil / Tony Oxley: Being Astral And All Registers - Power Of Two
Taylor, Cecil / Tony Oxley:
Being Astral And All Registers - Power Of Two

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Taken from the personal archives of UK drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley, this extremely well recorded duo session with frequent collaborator, iconoclastic NY pianist Cecil Taylor, are heard in a live performance at the Ulrichsberg Festival, Austria in 2002 for a brilliantly frenetic and masterfully controlled, creative set of two jaw-dropping extended dialogs.

Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek): The Anthony Braxton Project
Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek):
The Anthony Braxton Project

(Cuneiform -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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The Thumbscrew trio of NY improvisers Tomas Fujiwara on drums & vibes, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Michael Formanek on double bass, turn their focus to their shared history with composer and reedist Anthony Braxton as he celebrates his 75th birthday, performing 11 previously unheard compositions selected from Composition No. 14 through No. 274; masterful and profound.

Tsahar, Assif: ayn le-any
Tsahar, Assif:
ayn le-any

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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A freestyling solo album from NY/Israeli saxophonist Assif Tsahar, performing on tenor sax and bass clarinet in an exciting three-part improvisation of avant forms of technical dexterity and extended range through emphatic and sustained expression of long lines and cycling figures that shift and transform; a great example of Tsahar's skill and imagination.

Various Artists (Guy / Leandre / Mazur / Nilssen-Love / Kaucic / Fernandez / Gustafsson / Vandermark
Various Artists (Guy / Leandre / Mazur / Nilssen-Love / Kaucic / Fernandez / Gustafsson / Vandermark / Trzaska / Brotzmann / Ste Swell / Holmlander / Homburger):
Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box]

(Not Two -- Poland )


Price: $40.00    




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Not Two Records celebrates their 20th Anniversary with a festival in Wlen, Poland, inviting 13 of the finest European & US improvisers--Guy, Leandre, Mazur, Nilssen-Love, Kaucic, Fernandez, Gustafsson, Vandermark, Trzaska, Brotzmann, Swell, Holmlander, & Homburg--performing in configurations from duo to quintet, released in a limited 5-CD wooden box set.

Brown, Marion: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited
Brown, Marion:
Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Reissuing two essential albums from saxophonist Marion Brown--Why Not? (ESP, 1968) and Porto Novo (Polydor, 1969)--the first recorded in NY in a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sirone and drummer Rashied Ali, the second recorded in The Netherlands in a trio with Han Bennink on drums and Maarten Van Regteren Altena on double bass; essential.

Carter, Daniel / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver : Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1
Carter, Daniel / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver :
Welcome Adventure! Vol. 1

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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After decades playing together, the quartet of Daniel Carter on tenor sax, trumpet & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, release the first of two planned studio albums, with two extended and remarkably warm collective excursions bookending a shorter "Scintillate", in an exceptionally solid album of masterful modern jazz.

Musson, Rachel / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders: Shifa - Live In Oslo
Musson, Rachel / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders:
Shifa - Live In Oslo

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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Performing as part of the Blow Out Festival 2019, the UK improvising trio Shifa, meaning "healing", of Rachel Musson on tenor saxophone, Pat Thomas on piano, and Mark Sanders on drums, are captured live in Oslo for four dramatic and masterful collective improvisations, passionate and building works, releasing their tension and rebuilding in powerful waves.

Tapio, Jorma / Kaski: Aliseen
Tapio, Jorma / Kaski:
Aliseen

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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Finnish saxophone & flute player Jorma Tapio and his group Kaski of Ville Rauhala on bass and Janne Tuomi on drums & percussion, with both Tapio and Tuomi playing Kantele, a traditional plucked string instrument, present a beautifully rich and spiritual album named for a shaman's trip to the underworld, reflecting on local folk music and free jazz traditions.

Oxley, Tony: February Papers
Oxley, Tony:
February Papers

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Reissuing percussionist and electronic innovator Tony Oxley's 1977 Incus album, collecting works from Oxley's evolving approaches, including a quartet with bassist Barry Guy and violinists David Bourne & Philipp Wachsmann; a trio with Barry Guy and Ian Brighton on electric guitar; and solo pieces including a piece for Evan Parker emulating his sound through electronics.

Taylor, Cecil / Tony Oxley: Birdland / Neuburg 2011
Taylor, Cecil / Tony Oxley:
Birdland / Neuburg 2011

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


Price: $17.95    




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Performing in the intimacy of the Birdland Jazz Club in 2011, New York innovative pianist Cecil Taylor met with London free jazz legendary percussionist and long-time associate in The Feel Trio, Tony Oxley, Taylor's rapid often percussive approach to the keys pairing with Oxley's percussive work, and both invoking lyrical beauty from the other.

Sun Ra Arkestra: Heliocentric Worlds 1 and 2
Sun Ra Arkestra:
Heliocentric Worlds 1 and 2

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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The two volumes of "Heliocentric Worlds", recorded 7 months apart in 1965, represent perhaps one of greatest chapters in Sun Ra's legacy, bringing together his immense orchestration skills with future-leaning free jazz, allowing his players expanse inside disciplined compositions that reflect on both space and the then-new freedom explored by jazz soloists.

Tsahar, Assif Brass Reeds Ensemble: The Hollow World
Tsahar, Assif Brass Reeds Ensemble:
The Hollow World

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Tsahar's 9-piece Brass Reeds Ensemble Herb Robertson, Chris Jonas, Rob Brown, Susie Ibarra, &c. is an ambitious and incredible undertaking of group improvisation.



Best Sellers in This Category:

New York Contemporary Five: Consequences Revisited

Ayler, Albert Trio: 1964 Prophecy Revisted

Coltrane, John Quartet: My Favorite Things Graz 1962

Ayler, Albert Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 (Revisited) [2 CDs]

Ayler, Albert: Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited

Parker, Charlie : Selections From The DIAL Recordings

Parker, Charlie : Selections From The SAVOY Recordings

Brown, Marion: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited

Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann): Triadic Memories [2 CDs]

Taylor, Cecil / Tony Oxley: Being Astral And All Registers - Power Of Two

Rivers, Sam Trio feat Dave Holland / Barry Altschul: Ricochet

TEST / Roy Campbell: TEST / Roy Campbell

Jubileum Quartet (Leandre / Parker / Fermandez / Kaucic): A UIS ?

Graves, Milford / Don Pullen: The Complete Yale Concert, 1966

Evangelista, Karl (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts): Apura! [2 CDs]

McPhee, Joe : Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2 CDs]

Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: The Clawed Stone

Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Tyler Ho Bynum / Joe Morris: Geometry Of Distance

Various Artists (Guy / Leandre / Mazur / Nilssen-Love / Kaucic / Fernandez / Gustafsson / Vandermark

Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon): Purple Dark Opal

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