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:
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:
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.