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So we listen not just from the ear,
We listen from the air, from the body, from the skin,
From the bone, from the eye, the nose,
We feel it, we smell it."
—Tatsuya Nakatani



   Creative Artists

• Blue Lines Trio (Scheen/van der Weide/Hadow)
• Anthony Braxton/James Fei
• Cyprien Busolini/Bertrand Gauguet
• Amelia Cuni/Alex Mendizabal
• Gareth Davis/Machinefabriek
• Magnus Granberg
• Bun Itakura/Mishio Ogawa
• Artur Malecki & The Creature Trio (w/ Chmiel/Aftyka)
• Aonghus McEvoy
• Sana Nagano
• Tatsuya Nakatani/Kyle Motl
• River People (Bucher/Countryman/Alegre/Hori)
• Hal Russell/Joel Futterman
• Alexander von Schlippenbach
• Tragic Assembly
• Free Percussion/Water Complitaion
• Devin Waldman Brahja/Hamid Drake
• Alex Zethson



Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

577 Records
Akousis Records
ANTS Records
Astral Spirits
Casco Records
ChapChap Records
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Fundacja Sluchaj!

    
Nakatani-Kobo
Other Minds
Soul City Sounds
Sublime Retreat
thanatosis produktion
Tsss Tapes
Ultragash

    

    
Squidco 577 Buy 4 Save $6 Sale!
• Save $6.00 each on a set of 26 albums from 577 Records!

This weekend 577 Records has authorized us to reduce the price of 26 albums from a selection of CDs and LPs, dropping the price of each by $6 if you buy 4 or more albums from the sale. CDs will decrease in price from $13.99 to $7.99 and LPs will reduce in price from $18.99 to just $12.99!

That's 26 albums at an exceptional price, giving our customers a chance to fill in their collection of these important and extraordinary albums of modern creative jazz & improvisation. These are the lowest price at which we've ever listed these albums, so take advantage of these great prices, which end Thursday, October 6th!


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In-stock items only. Sold out items will disappear from store. Orders must be placed through our shopping cart. Customers must purchase 4 or more items from the sale to receive the discounted price. Price will change to the discounted price when 4 Sale ends Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. While quantities last. Discounted items will not receive Squidco Reward Points.





   Jazz & Improvisation

Blue Lines Trio (Scheen / van der Weide / Hadow): Chance and Change
(Casco Records)


The free swinging Dutch piano trio of Michiel Scheen on piano, Raoul van der Weide on contrabass, synthesizer & objects and George Hadow on drums, in a set of buoyant and ebullient improvisations, a mix of composed and collective works that bring together tradition and freedom, melody and abstraction, while clearly enjoying their playful approach to creative jazz.
 
Squidco Pick

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Braxton, Anthony / James Fei: Duet (Other Minds) 2021
(Other Minds)


Composed for a performance at the 2021 OM 25 Festival in San Fransisco between saxophonist & composer Anthony Braxton and saxophonist James Fei, "Composition 429" uses Braxton's new music system Lorraine, a combination of traditional notation and color-coded symbols of the composer's design to indicate specific sound types or performance techniques.
 
Squidco Pick

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Busolini, Cyprien / Bertrand Gauguet: Miroir
(Akousis Records)


An album of intensive listening through concentrated improvisation from the long-running collaboration of French improvisers, Cyprien Busolini on viola and Bertrand Gauguet on alto saxophone, both using unfaltering techniques as they metamorphose their instruments from delicate silence to forceful tones, oscillating and vacillating across two extended improvisations.
   
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Malecki, Artur & The Creature Trio (w/ Chmiel / Aftyka): Widoki
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Widoki, Polish for Views, is the debut album of the free improvising trio of Artur Malecki on drums, Michal Aftyka on double bass & electric bass and Przemylaw Chmiel on tenor & soprano saxophones, performing seven compositions from drummer Malecki and one collective improvisation, a strong and wide-ranging set of recordings from a band with a fresh perspective on creative jazz.
   
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McEvoy, Aonghus : Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


Beautifully flowing acoustic avant folk under a diverse set of influences from the Dublin five-piece band led by acoustic and electric guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, with George Brennan on electronics, David Lacey on drums, Sean Maynard Smith on upright bass and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola, evolving their tracks from pastoral to edgy agitation or ecstatic drone.
   
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Nagano, Sana: Anime Mundi
(577 Records)


A superb chamber jazz trio from NY improviser and violinist Sana Nagano, with Karl Berger on piano & vibraphone and Billy Martin on drums & percussion, Nagano having a long history with each through Berger's Improvisers Orchestra and with Martin through Creative Music Studio, their connections evident in their articulately energetic and confident collective conversations.
   
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Nagano, Sana: Anime Mundi [VINYL]
(577 Records)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
   
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Nakatani, Tatsuya / Kyle Motl: Quicksand
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Innovative Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani met with bassist Kyle Motl (Peter Kuhn Trio) at Nakatani Kobo Studio, in New Mexico to record these two extended improvisations, the 1st creating an aural environment through ringing metal and bowed contrabass, the 2nd a set of agitated and disruptive interactions through incredible technical skill and expressive dialog.
   
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River People (Bucher / Countryman / Alegre / Hori): Sol Expression
(ChapChap Records)


Evoking images of Indigenous Filipinos through free improvisation, with titles referencing the rivers, rains and environment that define them, the multi-national River People quartet of Christian Bucher on drums, Johnny Alegre on guitar, Tetsuro Hori on bass and Rick Countryman on alto saxophone are captured in the studio in Manila for seven superb collective conversations.
 
Squidco Pick

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Russell, Hal / Joel Futterman: The Chicago River [3 CDs]
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Late Chicago saxophonist, trumpeter & vibraphonist Hal Russell (NRG Ensemble) and legendary pianist Joel Futterman, also on curved soprano saxophone & Indian flue, are heard in the complete recordings from their two day concert for the victims of the 1992 Great Flood of the Chicago River, presenting a five part work of flowing free jazz force and currents of creative power.
 
Squidco Pick

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Schlippenbach, Alexander von : Globe Unity
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Wild, nearly unprecedented and an exhilarating direction in European Free Improvisation heard in the 1st recordings from 1966 of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity band, a 14-piece ensemble that included young saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Gerd Dudek & Kris Wanders, bassist Peter Kowald, bass clarinetist Willem Breuker, trumpeter Manfred Schoof, &c.
 
Squidco Pick

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Schlippenbach, Alexander von : Globe Unity [VINYL]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
 
Squidco Pick

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Tragic Assembly: Blood Drains And Memories
(Soul City Sounds)


The Durham, NC free improvising trio of Crowmeat Bob on alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet & guitar, Phil Venable on double bass and Charles Chance on drums notch up their playing, with Crowmeat Bob performing on both reeds and electric guitar as the band explores breaking down the barrier between subconsciousness and expression through collective improv.
   
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Waldman, Devin Brahja / Hamid Drake: Mediumistic Methodology [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)


Evoking the spirit of a seance experienced by alto saxophonist Devin Brahja Waldman, the duo of Waldman and drummer Hamid Drake are captured live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, beginning as a mysteriously delicate concert of intricately introspective playing and spiritual reflection, building to a free jazz drum & sax duo of powerful and enthusiastic release.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Experimental/Electronic

Cuni, Amelia / Alex Mendizabal: Stimmen Aus Himmel Und Holle
(ANTS Records)


Translating to "Voices from Heaven and Hell", the meeting of two Berlin artists--Amelia Cuni, whose vocal work is described as in/voluntary singing; and Alex Mendizabal, a sound artist who here electronically manipulates the voice of Cuni--using texts from poet Erin Honeycutt as the two apply diverse, fascinating and sometimes unnerving approaches to voice, utterance and expression.
   
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Davis, Gareth / Machinefabriek: Standards (of Sorts)
(Sublime Retreat)


Frequent collaborators Rutger Zyderveldt (Machinefabriek) and bass & contrabass clarinetist Gareth Davis join together for five "Standards" through electronics, synthetics and unorthodox reed work, transmuting their instruments as they create variations from a few notes, some of them "misremembered", from jazz and contemporary classical standards.
   
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Itakura, Bun / Mishio Ogawa : Stardust
(Ultragash)


A flowing twilight electro-jazz cover of the standard "Stardust" from Japanese guitarist Bun Itakura and vocalist Mishio Ogawa, expanding the melody and Ogawa's phrasing with encompassing electronics and percussion from Takefumi Kobayashi; backed with an experimental "Mystery Making Factory" using paint brush, harmonic tone guitar, and mbira.
   
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Various Artists: Free Percussion/Water [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)


Demonstrating the striking diversity modern solo percussionists present, the Italian tape label TSSS Tapes compiles an international set of solo works from explorers Tim Daisy, Jeph Jerman, Ted Byrnes, Wojtek Kurek, Clinton Green, Rie Nakajima, Emilio Berne, Shakeeb Abu Hamdan, Lucie Nezri, Karen Willems, Paolo Sanna, Li Qing, Carlos Godinho, and Rodrigo Vieira.
   
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   Compositional

Granberg, Magnus: Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)


The 6 piece Tya Ensemble of string, piano, percussion and vibraphone performs Swedish composer Magnus Granberg's beautifully delicate and dusky work, conceived from historic and recent song structures and written so that individual parts also may be performed as solo pieces, as heard in an extended ensemble version and four solo and one duo configuration.
 
Squidco Pick

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Zethson, Alex: Residy
(thanatosis produktion)


The Residy, or remains of a unique variation on JS Bach's Goldberg Variation no. 21, performed live by pianist Alex Zethson who maintains the structure, rhythmic movement and note order of Bach's composition, while dispersing the notes and intervals into two synths and an E-bowed grand piano to evoke these meditative and expansive interpretations.
   
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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.

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Samuel Blaser / Consort In Motion:
A Mirror To Madchaut
(Songlines)


Samuel Blaser / Marc Ducret :
Voyageurs
(Jazzdor Series)


Violeta Garcia :
FOBIA
(Relative Pitch)


The Haters / Kavader:
De Haters Und Kadaver [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)


Die Hochstapler :
Beauty Lies
(Umlaut Records)


Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Rainey:
Counterfeit Mars
(Relative Pitch)


Hannes Lingens:
Nachthund [VINYL + CD]
(Umlaut Records)


Jon Lipscomb:
Conscious Without Function
(Relative Pitch)


Made in China (Michael Blake / Samuel Blaser / Michael Sarin):
Transmissions
(For Tune)


Fred Moten / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver:
S/T
(Relative Pitch)


Rie Nakajima / Takahiro Kawaguchi:
Utsuho [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Donald Miller / Rob Cambre / Emmalee Sutton :
Moisant Stock Yards
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Kris Tiner:
Dagny
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Shawn Hansan / Michal Stover / Jeff Harshbarger:
Kansas City Ship
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Nandor Nevai w/ Tim Dahl / Trevor Dunn:
<< The Die Motherfucker Volume 2>>
(Psykomanteum)


Chris Pitsiokos :
Art of the Alto
(Relative Pitch)


Tamio Shiraishi :
Moon
(Relative Pitch)


Squidco 577 Buy 4 Save $6 Sale!

577 Records is proud to be celebrating its 21 year anniversary. The legendary music master Daniel Carter was one of the first people 577 cofounder Federico Ughi met soon after arriving in New York from Italy in 2000, after a brief stint in London.

577 Records started the Forward Festival in 2015 to mark the momentous occasion of Daniel Carter’s 70th birthday. The festival has become an annual tradition and continues to delight audiences year after year with its surprising and eclectic lineup.

Artists in the sale include Antonio Guillen; Arvind Ganga; Billy Martin; Boris Belica; Brent Gaines; Chris Mapp; Christian Ramond; Christopher Dell; Claire de Brunner; Daniel Carter; David Moss; Debbie Sanders; Demian Richardson; Denis Sorokin; Derek Gaines; Djibril Toure; Federico Ughi; Gene Janas; Gene Moore; Gerald Cleaver; Giovanni Todisco; Giuseppe Candiano; Grant Calvin Weston; Hannah Marshall; Harvey Valdes; Hilliard Greene; Irma Nejando; James Chumley Hunt; Janne Tuomi; Jeff Snyder; Jonah Rosenberg; Jorma Tapio; Josue Amador; Klaus Kugel; Lee Griffiths; Lucas Brode; Mark Sanders; Martin Escalante; Massimo Magee; Matthew Heyner; Matthew Putman; Matthew Shipp; Mike Roberson; Mohammed Ashraf; Nick Lyons; Pat Thomas; Patrick Holmes; Paul Flaherty; Pengboon Don; Rachel Musson; Randall Colbourne; Richard Scott; Roy Campbell; Sabir Mateen; Sam Day Harmet; Sana Nagano; Sandy Ewen; Sarah Bernstein; Sarah Farmer; Stelios Mihas; Tobias Wilner; Todd Clouser; Tom Bruno; Tony Irving; Ville Rauhala; William Parker; Xhosa Cole; Zach Swanson.


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