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Albert Ayler Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964 (Hatology)

In 1964 Albert Ayler's approach to free improvisation had found its voice, in a quartet supported by the now-legendary players Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on doublebass, and Sunny Murray on drums, heard live in a well-recorded concert at Club Montmarte, in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964; ferocious and forward thinking, an astonishing concert! ... Click to View


Matthew Shipp: Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich (Hatology)

A fluid and freely improvised solo set from New York pianist Matthew Shipp performing live at the Taktlos Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, 2016, presenting profoundly virtuosic playing skills and remarkable instincts in a continuous 45 minute set that maintains interest and strong bearing as he takes his audience on a commanding and coherent journey. ... Click to View


Marco Von Orelli / Max E. Keller / Sheldon Suter: Blow, Strike & Touch (Hatology)

Swiss trumpeter Marco Von Orelli leads this trio with Max E. Keller on piano and Sheldon Suter on drums, heard live at JazzAmMittwoch, Theater an Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2014 for a thoroughly modern jazz outing of creative and extended approaches to the trio's instruments and approach to free jazz. ... Click to View


Harry Miller: Different Times, Different Places Volume Two (Ogun)

Compiling un-released material from late British bassist Harry Miller's recordings from 1977, 78 & 82, in bands with drummer Louis Moholo, guitarist Bernie Holland, pianist Keith Tippett, saxophonists Trevor Watts & Alan Wakeman, trombonist Alan Tomlinson, and trumpeter Dave Holdsworth; effusive joyful lyrical jazz infused with African rhythms. ... Click to View


Jean-Brice Godet Quartet (Godet / Attias / Niggenkemper / Costa): Mujo (Fou Records)

The debut album of French clarinetist Jean-Brice Godet, recording with a New York quartet of Michael Attias on alto sax, Pascal Niggenkemper on doublebass, and Caro Costa on drums for seven tracks of adventerous original compositions, using weaving lines in melodic heads that propel his sidemen to lyrically rich solos and asides. ... Click to View


Sophie Agnel / Daunik Lazro: Marguerite D'Or Pale (Fou Records)

The duo of French pianist Sophie Agnel and sax player Daunik Lazro traces back to their work in the quartet Qwat Neum Sixx; here the two as a duo are caught live at the "DOM" Cultural Centre, in Moscow in 2016 for 6 improvisations, contemplative to explosive dialog, inspired by the Russian novel "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov. ... Click to View


Isaiah Ceccarelli : Bow (Another Timbre)

Montreal-based Composer-percussionist Isaiah Ceccarelli, well known through his Ambiances Magnetiques releases, in 7 compositions, a mix of timbrally-based music in which he himself performs, and through-composed pieces that focus on harmonic progressions, performed as string duos, trios, and quartets. ... Click to View


Linda Smith Catlin : Drifter [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

Ten pieces dating from 1995 to 2015 from Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith, performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Apartment House, the first in Another Timbre's Canadian Composer series, a 2-CD release focusing on Smith's "equal and simultaneous drive toward abstraction and lyricism" in slowly developing, lush and sophisticated compositions. ... Click to View


Chiyoko Szlavnics : During a Lifetime (Another Timbre)

Three works from Canadian composer Chiyoko Szlavnics, two electroacoustic compositions incorporating sinewaves, one with a saxophone quarte and the other with two accordions, two flutes and two percussionists; and a string trio of long sustained tones and slow glissandi. ... Click to View


Martin Arnold : The Spit Veleta (Another Timbre)

Canadian composer Martin Arnold is based in Toronto, writing melodic works that contain a meandering, psychedelic quality, as heard in these three compositions performed by Philip Thomas on piano and Mira Benjamin on violin, the first two pieces solos from each respectively, and the last a duo with both musicians. ... Click to View


Mat Maneri / Evan Parker / Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears (Clean Feed)

Viola improviser and composer Mat Maneri leads this trio with British UK legend Evan Parker on soprano and tenor saxophone and Romanian ex-patriot and frequent collaborator Lucian Ban on piano, for ten compositions blending tradition, song, and improvisational tactics, recalling 20th century modern classical music in addition to jazz. ... Click to View


Rova / Bruckmann & Kaiser: Saxophone Special (Clean Feed)

The Californian saxophone quartet composed of Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin is extended with Henry Kaiser on guitar and Kyle Bruckmann on analog synth to perform the music of saxophone legend Steve Lacy in 7 compositions, putting an eclectic spin on the iconic composer and performer's music. ... Click to View


Mario Pavone (Pavone / Ballout / Malaby / Noriega / McEachern / Sarin): Vertical (Clean Feed)

Drawing from some of the finest players on the New York Downtown jazz scene, with Dave Ballou on trumpet, Tony Malaby and Oscar Noriega on reeds, Peter McEachern on trombone and Michael Sarin on drums, double bassist Mario Pavone presents a set of 11 new compositions of lyrical and sophisticated jazz anchored by the leader's powerful compositional structures. ... Click to View


Meridian Trio (Mazzarella / Ulery / Cunningham): Triangulum (Clean Feed)

A lyrical outing from the Chicago working trio of Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone, Matt Ulery on doublebass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums, performing live at the Whistler in Chicago, Illinois in 2016, recorded for this debut album of Mazzarella compositions, flexible pieces that balance jazz traditions with avant options for the players. ... Click to View


Chamber 4 (Vicente / Ceccaldi / Ceccaldi / dos Reis): City Of Light (Clean Feed)

A live concert at Les Soirees Tricot Festival in Paris, France in 2016, dedicated to the "City of Light", from the quartet of Luis Vicente on trumpet, Theo Ceccaldi on violin, Valentin Ceccaldi on cello and Marcelo dos Reis on acoustic guitar and prepared guitar, in music that, like the city, exhibits gorgeous simplicity through intricate sophistication. ... Click to View


Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Saxophonist Martin Kuchen's amazing 9-piece Angles ensemble returns for an album titled for the grief of those who disappear due to war, crime and oppression, music that celebrates the tense balance in the challenge to confront and lead away from darkness and tyranny. ... Click to View


Honest John (Moe / Johannesen / Hoyer / Nylander / Holm): International Breakthrough (Clean Feed)

The Scandinavian quintet of Ole-Henrik Moe on violin, Kim Johannesen on guitar; Ola Hoyer on double bass; Erik Nylander on drums & drum machine; and Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm on alto saxophone and Bb on clarinet, in a daring album of mostly Ellerhusen-Holm compositions, arranged collectively into these creative and energetic gems. ... Click to View


The Selva (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao): The Selva (Clean Feed)

The Portuguese trio The Selva of Ricardo Jacinto (cello), Goncalo Almeida (double bass) and Nuno Morao (drums) in an album building on world and historic music forms focused through modern improviser's ears, creating a hybrid approach that slowly reveals its jazz roots in an unhurried but cultured take on new creative music. ... Click to View


Rune Your Day (Mathisen / Roligheten / Nergaard / Skalstad): Rune Your Day (Clean Feed)

Rather than ancient Germanic alphabet letters, "Rune" Your Day is named for Norwegian composer and band-leader, double bassist Rune Nergaard [Bushman's Revenge], and his quartet with Jorgen Mathisen on alto & soprano sax & clarinet, Andre Roligheten on tenor & baritone sax, and Axel Skalstad on drums, for an album of concentrated, creative jazz. ... Click to View


Humcrush (Storlokken / Stronen): Enter Humcrush (Shhpuma)

After a six year break the Humcrush duo of Stale Storlokken on keys and Thomas Stronen on drums & electronics return with this studio album of rhythmic angularities and experimental sound worlds, drawing on their experiences with bands including Supersilent, Food, Elephant9, Time is a blind guide, Meadow and Motorpsycho. ... Click to View


Thollem / Mazurek: Blind Curves and Box Canyons (Relative Pitch)

Recorded at an exhibition of visual works by Chicago trumpeter Rob Mazurek in Texas, this was the first meeting with pianist Thollem McDonas, in an ardent session of explorative improvisation using electric and analog piano, sythn, samplers, cornet, voice, bells and effects; inquisitive and cathartic music of great drive. ... Click to View


JR3 (Olaf Rupp / Rudi Mahall / Jan Roder): Happy Jazz (Relative Pitch)

The Berlin trio of Rudi Mahall on clarinet and bass clarinet, Olaf Rupp on electric and acoustic guitar and Jan Roder on double bass in an ironically packaged album of free improvisation of the highest standard, taking the listener on a journey of informed free jazz that references the past in thoroughly modern approaches to creative music. ... Click to View


Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society: Simultonality [VINYL] (Eremite)

Chicago bassist and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams follows up his incredible "Simultonality" album with this faster-paced album recorded with his Natural Information Society, joining traditional musics, American minimalism & jazz with the gnawa ceremonial instrument the guimbri. ... Click to View


Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders: Go Straight Around The Square (FMR)

The stellar quartet of Paul Dunmall on tenor and soprano saxophone, John Edwards on bass, Liam Noble on piano, and Mark Sanders on drums performing 2 extended improvisations balancing energetic playing with contemplative conversation, captured live at the Vortex, in London, England, in 2016. ... Click to View


Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur: Oneness (FMR)

The well-traveled working group of Francois Carrier (alto saxophone, Chinese oboe), Michel Lambert (drums) and Rafal Mazur (acoustic bass guitar) performing live at Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland in 2015 for an excellent example of collective free improvisation with distinctive and unconventional approaches to their dialog. ... Click to View


Udo Schindler / Ove Volquartz: Answers And Maybe A Question? (FMR)

Udo Schindler's Salon for Sound and Art at Krailing in Krailing, Germany is the setting for this superb live duo concert, capturing Schindler and Ove Volquartz both on bass and double bass clarinet, showing the breadth of sonic possibilites and diverse approaches from the deepest of clarinets performed by two masterful musicians. ... Click to View


Runcible Quintet, The (featuring John Edwards / Neil Metcalfe): Five (FMR)

The Runciple Quintet of John Edwards on double bass, Marcello Magliocchi on drums, Neil Metcalfe on flute, Adrian Northover on soprano saxophone, and Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar recording at IKLECTIC, in London in 2016 for 5 excellent examples of detailed, collective improvisation. ... Click to View


Rob Burke / George Lewis / Paul Grabowsky / Mark Helias: Shift (FMR)

A meeting in NY's Lower East Village between four improvisors--Robert Burke on saxes, George Lewis on trombone & electronics, Paul Grabowsky on piano & snare drum, and Mark Helias on acoustic bass--playing a pre-composed work, blending 21st century composition with modern jazz sensibility, enhanced by Lewis' computer-based "shapeshifts". ... Click to View


Gauden / Hanslip: And How The Who Can Think the What... (FMR)

UK Tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip and drummer Ed Gauden in their 3rd record together, here stripped down to a duo, inspired by a planned trio concert where the pianist was unable to perform; the resulting show worked so well that the two decided to take it to the studio, this album the result of impressive avant interchanges in 8 succinct tracks. ... Click to View


Szilard Mezei: Still Now (If You Still) (FMR)

An exciting album crossing free improvisation with chamber approaches and extended techniques from Serbian violist Szilard Mezei performing in a trio with pianist Marina Dzukljev and drummer/percussionist Vasco Trilla, recording in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2017. ... Click to View


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  • May 23, 2017:

    The landscape keeps changing, and this year is no different. A frequent story last year was the shuffling of labels from one distributor to the next, a frustration for someone like me trying to maintain a consistent catalog of excellent labels. The newest story this year is for the Hat Hut label, and is actually a positive sign for the future. Werner X. Uehlinger's superlative label, with sub-labels Hatology for creative improvised music and Hat[Now]Art for avant compositional music, has been sold to the European label group OUTHERE. Uehlinger remains as the mentor for the label, but production and distribution move with the label group. This makes perfect sense, with Uehlinger now in his 80s, the label and its direction is preserved for the long term future, ensuring that this crucial source of outstanding music continues. With change comes new pricing, with single CDs now listed at $18.95, ultimately a reasonable price for an imported CD manufactured and packaged to a high standard. We start our catalog from the new OUTHERE ownership with 3 excellent releases:




    Hatology:

    View: $18.95 - Shipp, Matthew: Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich

    A fluid and freely improvised solo set from New York pianist Matthew Shipp performing live at the Taktlos Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, 2016, presenting profoundly virtuosic playing skills and remarkable instincts in a continuous 45 minute set that maintains interest and strong bearing as he takes his audience on a commanding and coherent journey.



    View: $18.95 - Von Orelli, Marco / Max E. Keller / Sheldon Suter: Blow, Strike & Touch

    Swiss trumpeter Marco Von Orelli leads this trio with Max E. Keller on piano and Sheldon Suter on drums, heard live at JazzAmMittwoch, Theater an Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2014 for a thoroughly modern jazz outing of creative and extended approaches to the trio's instruments and approach to free jazz. If you haven't heard Von Orelli play and you're a fan of the most modern approaches to playing, as exemplified in musicians like Nate Wooley or Axel Dorner, you need to check this guy out, as his range and palette of approaches is both startling and compelling.



    View: $18.95 - Ayler, Albert Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964

    In 1964 Albert Ayler's approach to free improvisation had found its voice, in a quartet supported by the now-legendary players Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on doublebass, and Sunny Murray on drums, heard live in a well-recorded concert at Club Montmarte, in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964; ferocious and forward thinking, an astonishing concert!


    I've been working hard on the large set of Creative Sources CDs that we've acquired, which is an intensive task of cataloging, assigning samples, images, and reviews. Many of the artists are unknown to us, and we're seeking out biographical information to put them into perspective with the rest of the catalog. As with most of Ernesto Rodrigues' Creative Sources label, the task is rewarding, discovering new performers, concepts and approaches to improvisation and other creative forms.

    With a large volume of new releases like this I found myself challenged to add them into our "Just In" section, as they'll certainly dilute other labels and release that we acquire at our typical, slower pace. To counter the problem, I've added a new category to the site, "Back Catalog" which we'll use in the future for large acquisitions like this. The description for that category is:

    Back catalog additions are items new to Squidco, but not new releases from their respective labels. It differs from our Just In section as a home for expansions to the Squidco catalog that are in the process of being cataloged, and are in stock (unless otherwise noted) and ready to ship.

    Expect to see the new category announced on our homepage in the next few days. And while you're add it, look for the new list of Key Labels on our homepage, with links to search each label by their latest entries.


    Some recent announcements from our home page:

    New @ Squidco:
    Mat Maneri/Evan Parker/Lucian Ban -Sounding Tears
    Rova/Bruckmann & Kaiser -Saxophone Special
    Mario Pavone (Pavone/Ballout/Malaby/Noriega/McEachern/Sarin) -Vertical
    Meridian Trio (Mazzarella/Ulery/Cunningham) -Triangulum
    Chamber 4 (Vicente/Ceccaldi/Ceccaldi/dos Reis) -City Of Light
    Angles 9 -Disappeared Behind the Sun [VINYL]
    Honest John (Moe/Johannesen/Hoyer/Nylander/Holm) -International Breakthrough
    The Selva (Jacinto/Almeida/Morao) -The Selva
    Rune Your Day (Mathisen/Roligheten/Nergaard/Skalstad) -Rune Your Day
    Humcrush (Storlokken/Stronen) -Enter Humcrush
    May 22, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Albert Ayler Quartet -Copenhagen Live 1964
    Matthew Shipp -Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich
    Marco Von Orelli / Max E. Keller / Sheldon Suter -Blow, Strike & Touch
    Harry Miller -Different Times, Different Places Volume Two
    Jean-Brice Godet Quartet (Godet / Attias / Niggenkemper / Costa) -Mujo
    Sophie Agnel / Daunik Lazro -Marguerite D'Or Pale
    Isaiah Ceccarelli -Bow
    Linda Smith Catlin -Drifter [2 CDs]
    Chiyoko Szlavnics -During a Lifetime
    Martin Arnold -The Spit Veleta
    May 17, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Illogical Harmonies (Chang / Majkowski) - Volume (Another Timbre) by Massimo Ricci. May 15, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Thollem/Mazurek -Blind Curves and Box Canyons
    JR3 (Olaf Rupp/Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder) -Happy Jazz
    Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society -Simultonality [VINYL]
    Dunmall/Edwards/Noble/Sanders -Go Straight Around The Square
    Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/Rafal Mazur -Oneness
    Udo Schindler/Ove Volquartz -Answers And Maybe A Question?
    Runcible Quintet, The (featuring John Edwards/Neil Metcalfe) -Five
    Rob Burke/George Lewis/Paul Grabowsky/Mark Helias -Shift
    Gauden/Hanslip -And How The Who Can Think the What...
    Szilard Mezei -Still Now (If You Still)
    Silence Ensemble led by Peter Urpeth -John Cage: Speech
    Ashley Long John -PSI
    Peter Urpeth/Maggie Nicols -Other Worlds
    Pedra Contida -Amethyst
    Luc Ferrari -Tinguely 1967 [VINYL]
    Luc Ferrari -Heterozygote/Petite Symphonie [VINYL]
    Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker -This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People
    Albert Ayler -Prophecy [VINYL]
    John Zorn -There Is No More Firmament
    Brian Marsella -Buer: The Book of Angels Volume 31
    Faust -Fresh Air [VINYL + CD]
    Caspar Brotzmann & T. Raumschmiere -[10-inch VINYL RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE]

    Last, a few items that have been ordered and will appear on our site soon.

    Elton Dean Quintet: Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986 Ogun/Ogun

    Chaman Chomeur : Chaman Chomeur BeCoq

    Joe McPhee / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder: Six Situations /Not Two

    Orphax & Machinefabriek: Weerkaatsing Machinefabriek/Machinefabriek

    KURZMANN, CHRISTOF/MATS GUSTAFSSON: Falling And Five Other Failings [VINYL] Trost Records

    Berthling, Johan / Martin Kuchen / Steve Noble: Threnody, At The Gates [VINYL] Trost Records

    BROTZMANN, PETER/HEATHER LEIGH: Sex Tape Trost Records

  • May 12, 2017:

    As you may have seen through our mailing list or on the site, we've picking back up again with Creative Sources after a lapse with their catalog. The problem was the rapid pace that the label was releasing material, which made it all but impossible to catch up with (budget-wise) once we fell more than a month behind. Ernesto Rodrigues, the label owner, was sympathetic to the issue and we worked out a method to catch up and stay current going forward. So very soon you'll start seeing releases from 115 Creative Sources releases that we have not carried previously.

    To clear the way for a rather large acquisition, we decided to sell older inventory at our cost, which helps pay for the new releases and clears warehouse space for them. We're not huge fans of selling at cost, but we do so from time to time out of necessity, and it's a good chance for customers to take a chance on albums that look interesting but may not have artists or configurations they're familiar with. And it's better for us and the label rather than attempting to return excess inventory internationally. Here's the text for the sale, if you haven't seen it:

    Creative Sources Cost Sale

    Portugal has been a fountain of creative music over the last decade. In particular the labels Clean Feed, Shhpuma, European Echoes, Soopa, Sirr.Records, Ruby Red and Creative Sources have presented established and new artists to a global audience, and many "unknown" artists on these labels have gone on to become well known, releasing significant improvised and creative music for our generation.



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