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Musica De Selvagem (Decloedt / Nader / Rodrigues / Ferreira / Marques): Volume Unico (Shhpuma)

Reacting to negative comments about Brazilian music, Sao Paulo born double bassist Arthur Decloedt recruited saxophonist Filipe Nader to create a new, spontaneous and free form take on Brazilian jazz, using pop songs as a jumping off point, with four vocalists and a five piece band creating compelling new and unusual hybrids of Brazil's rich, rhythmic and compelling music. ... Click to View


Julien Desprez / Luis Lopes: Boa Tarde [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Two guitarists with unique approaches to their instruments -- Paris-based Julen Depsrez and Lisbon-based Luis Lopes -- in an experimental album of evolving sound through extreme modification of guitar sound and sustain, mysteriously building their interactions from whispering sonics to growling harmonics, tightly controlled but bristling with complex energy. ... Click to View


Albatre (Costa / Almeida / Ernstring): The Fall Of The Damned (Shhpuma)

Rotterdam based band comprising two Portuguese players--Gonccalo Almeida on bass and Hugo Costa on sax--and German drummer Philipp Ernsting, the trio adding electronics, keys and effects, in their third album slamming hard free jazz and rock angst into a controlled chaos, a maelstrom of powerful riffs, rugged soloing, and mesmerizing grooves. ... Click to View


Knalpot (Fanoli / Jager / Caron): Dierendag (Shhpuma)

Sporting a strange sense of humor and blending rock and improvisation, instrumentally this Amsterdam is the duo of Raphael Vanoli on guitar, synth, & electronics and Gerri Jager on drums, synths, & electronics, with Sandor Caron providing sound design, here in an album of stylistic amalgamations of unexpected and upbeat rhythmic oddity and fun melodic inventiveness. ... Click to View


Rupp Olaf / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues: RRR (Creative Sources)

Electric guitarist Olaf Rupp joins the father son duo of violist Ernesto Rodrigues and cellist Guilherme cello, in a studio recordings from Berlin in 2017, as three disparate strings intertwine in acoustics and electronics for an intensely evolving two part work of textured tapestry of slow bowing, sustaining tones, unusual progressions, and odd percussive invention. ... Click to View


Chris Pitsiokos / Susana Santos Silva / Torbjorn Zetterberg: Child Of Illusion (Clean Feed)

A profound sense of drama in free playing from the young collective trio of NY saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos with the establish partnership of Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and Swedish bassist Torbjourn Zetterberg, in jazz is chamber-like, informed by their musical background that spreads over a myriad of aesthetics, full of nuance and beautiful interplay. ... Click to View


Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang): What's Next? (Clean Feed)

A great example of the Norwegian creative jazz scene, the quintet of Andree Roligheten on sax & clarinet, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums take their name from an Ornette Coleman LP, as they show us 'What's Next' by blending lyrical and free approaches with unexpected twists and turns. ... Click to View


Jacob Sacks: Fishes (Clean Feed)

Eleven new works from New York pianist Jacob Sacks in a quintet with some of NY's finest--Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone, Tony Malaby on tenor & soprano saxophones, Michael Formanek on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums--referencing traditional jazz influences like Monk & Mingus with superbly creative soloing fostered by the freedom of Sack's compositions. ... Click to View


Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano: A View Of The Moon (From The Sun) (Clean Feed)

Following their Relative Pitch album "All the Ghosts at Once", the free improvising duo of alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and drummer Chris Corsano, also on slide clarinet, release their 2nd album, a live concert at Cankarjev dom, in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2015, pushing the limits on both instruments through radical technique and inventive approaches to their playing. ... Click to View


Master Oogway: The Concert Koan [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Powerful electric jazz roots from the Norwegia quartet of Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll on saxophone, Havard Nordberg Funderud on guitar, Karl Erik E. Horndalsveen on double bass, and Martin Mellem on drums, shredding inspirations from 60s electric Miles and Ornette, with a rock influenced rhythm section and electric guitar work driving great soloing. ... Click to View


Heaven (Henrik Pultz Melbye / Ole Mofjell): IAPOE [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Inspired by European improvisation, 60's NY-loft-avant-garde and Ethiopian jazz, Heaven, the Norwegian collaborative project of Danish saxophonist Henrik Pultz Melbye and Norwegian drummer Ole Mofjell, merge rhythmic and melodic realms, adding stretches of noise and non-idiomatic sounds, in fast-paced, highly-energetic, and highly-informed performances. ... Click to View


Peter McEachern Trio : Bone-Code (Clean Feed)

A trombone trio led by Peter McEachern, with the frequent collaborators, the formidable rhythm team of Mario Pavone on bass and Michael Sarin on drums; here they dedicate their lyrical, blues tinged but avant embracing album to Roswell Rudd as they play a set of McEachern compositions, along with one from Mario Pavone and one from Alice Coltrane. ... Click to View


Jonas Cambien Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen): We Must Mustn't We [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Leveraging influences in improvisation and contemporary compositional music, Belgian/Oslo pianist Jonas Cambien, a member of Simiskina and Platform, extends his own trio of saxophonist Andre Rolighete and drummer Andreas Wildhagen with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen on 2 tracks, as they balance jazz, avant, free improv and other hybrid forms in a compellingly creative album. ... Click to View


Gunter Sommer Baby (w/ Till Bronner): Baby's Party (Intakt)

For his 75th birthday celebration, German free jazz legend Guther "Baby" Sommer joined with German trumpeter and flugelhornist Till Bronner for a rhythmically inventive, lyrical, and joyful album of free improvisation, nine pieces from Sommer plus "Danny Boy" (Weatherly) and Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood", making for a stylish and upbeat party! ... Click to View


Stefen Aeby Trio (w/ Andre Pousaz / Michi Stulz): The London Concert (Intakt)

The Stefan Aeby Trio at the Intakt Festival at Vortex Jazz Club in London 2017, the pianist leading his trio with bassist Andre Pousaz and drummer Michi Stulz through lyrical original compositions from Aeby, with one from Pousaz, a wonderful example of the modern piano trio that embrace a wealth of styles and approaches while flowing clearly in jazz history. ... Click to View


Skerebotte Fatta: Riders From The Ra (Creative Sources)

Members of the Polish Infant Joy Quintet and Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra--saxophonist Jan Malkowski and drummer Dominik Mokrzewski--pair off in a dynamic album of solid free jazz, influences feeling like Albert Ayler or Steve Lacy, as the two show great technical and creative skills, sometimes in great motion, sometimes reflective, showing great command and direction. ... Click to View


Ornette Coleman : Looking For Ornette [DVD] (La Huite)

Two films documenting and seeking insight into the work of late alto saxophonist and free jazz trail blazer Ornette Coleman, to some an iconoclast, to others a pioneering musician; the first film by Jacque Goldstein creates a portrait through interviews of those influenced by him; the 2nd, Stephane Jourdain follows Coleman's influence in today's music. ... Click to View


Donald Sturge / Anthony McKenzie II (feat. Elliot Sharp, Bill Laswell, Vernon Reid): Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (577)

Drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II trades off duos with a set of masterful musicians in the second volume of his "Silenced" project, here with guitarist Elliott Sharp for a complex and inspired dialog; with bassist Bill Laswell for a rich and moody soundscape; and with guitarist Vernon Reid in a piece for McKenzie's daughter; plus one solo drum piece. ... Click to View


Listening Group (feat. Daniel Carter / Patrick Holmes / Jeff Snyder / Stelios Mihas / Federico Ughi): Live at the Forward Festival 2016 [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (577)

A live performance at Forward Festival 2016, in Brooklyn, NY, merging chamber music, free improvisation, free and avant jazz and other forms in a an ensemble with Daniel Carter (sax & trumpet), Claire de Brunner (bassoon), Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Nick Lyons (sax), Jeff Snyder (electronics), Stelios Mihas (guitar), Jonah Rosenberg (piano), Zach Swanson (bass), and Federico Ughi (drums). ... Click to View


Listening Group (feat. Daniel Carter / Patrick Holmes / Jeff Snyder / Stelios Mihas / Federico Ughi): Live at the Forward Festival 2016 (577)

A live performance at Forward Festival 2016, in Brooklyn, NY, merging chamber music, free improvisation, free and avant jazz and other forms in a an ensemble with Daniel Carter (sax & trumpet), Claire de Brunner (bassoon), Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Nick Lyons (sax), Jeff Snyder (electronics), Stelios Mihas (guitar), Jonah Rosenberg (piano), Zach Swanson (bass), and Federico Ughi (drums). ... Click to View


Choi Bae Sun / Junji Hirose / Motoharu Yoshizawa / Kim Dae Hwan: Arirang Fantasy (NoBusiness)

A 1995 live concert at Romanisches Cafe in Tokyo from the South Korean and Japanese free improvising quartet of Choi Sun Bae on trumpet, Junji Hirose on tenor & soprano saxophones, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric vertical five strings bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion, in five collective improvisations including an homage to Charlie Parker. ... Click to View


Choi Bae Sun / Junji Hirose / Motoharu Yoshizawa / Kim Dae Hwan: Arirang Fantasy [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

A 1995 live concert at Romanisches Cafe in Tokyo from the South Korean and Japanese free improvising quartet of Choi Sun Bae on trumpet, Junji Hirose on tenor & soprano saxophones, Motoharu Yoshizawa on electric vertical five strings bass, and Kim Dae Hwan on percussion, in five collective improvisations including an homage to Charlie Parker. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS] (Hat [now] ART)

Two substantial works for solo piano from late composer Morton Feldman, performed by Dutch avant-garde pianist John Snijders; "Triad Memories" is presented in two sections over 2 CDs, following Feldmans's socre, Snijders holding the sustain pedal halfway down for unusual harmonic decay, while "Piano" exploring permutations in a work of suspended time and motion. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman: Trio (Hat [now] ART)

Reissuing the 1996 recording of Morton Feldmans' "Trio" performed by Ives Ensemble members Job Ter Haar on cello, John Snijders on piano, and Josje Ter Haar on violin, Feldman's compositions sparse with tension over spacious moments of lyrical beauty, tense dissonance, unhurried repetition, and a sense of drifting momentum, evasive yet beautiful music. ... Click to View


Metal Chaos Ensemble: Blast Furnace (Evil Clown)

PEK and Yuri Zbitnov's working project exploring chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments using a wide range of sonorities, including gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and other metallic sounds and horns, plus accompaniment tracks, with special guests Bob Moores on trumpet and guitar and Eric Woods on analog synth, and performing real time Signal Processing. ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith: Proof Theory (Evil Clown)

The core trio of the Leap of Faith Orchestra is Boston area PEK on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion, here expanded with Eric Dahlman on trumpet, whistles and game calls, and and Jim Warshauer on saxophone, in an incredibly diverse live performance at Outpost 186, in Cambridge, 2018. ... Click to View


Antonis Anissegos / Christos Yermenoglou: Intertitles (Creative Sources)

Berlin pianist Antonis Anissegos and Greek drummer Christos Yermenoglou in an album of obscurely titled free improvisations, sophisticated and thoughtful discourse using both traditional and extended techniques, Anissegos inside and out of the piano, as the two converse through understated yet strong melodic threads, a truly lovely and accomplished album. ... Click to View


Univers Zero: Ceux Du Dehors [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)

A remarkable work of chamber rock in the the 1981 third album from Belgian band Univers Zero led by drummer/percussionist Daniel Denis, who alo provides the complex and darkly brooding compositions for the ensemble, inspired and guided by the writing of H. P. Lovecraft, here in a much-needed vinyl reissue. ... Click to View


Mike Westbrook: Starcross Bridge (Hatology)

A solo piano album of lyrical jazz compositions from London pianist and band leader Mike Westbrook, including pieces from Monk, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Lennon & McCartney, and original work from himself and his partnership with Kate Westbrook, an album of musical and personal references with the title track dedicated to saxophonist Lou Gare. ... Click to View


Luzia von Wyl Ensemble: Throwing Coins (Hatology)

Swiss pianist and composer leads her Luzia von Wyl Ensemble, a 10 piece band orchestrated with piano, bass, drums, flute, bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, and marimba, in a series of original jazz pieces that embrace third-stream jazz and Middle Eastern modal melodies, her players taking on exceptional solo spots fueled by her sophisticated compositions. ... Click to View


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  • October 12, 2018: This week saw 9 new releases on Portugal's Clean Feed imprint, and the 4 on the associated Shhhpuma label. That's a big number of new releases take in at one shot, and I'm still listening to them. Three of the Clean Feeds are LPs, one being the vinyl edition of the previously released CD from the Jonas Cambien Trio, We Must Mustn't We. The other LPs are the sax and drum duo of Heaven (Henrik Pultz Melbye & Ole Mofjell), and the Norwegian electric jazz quartet Master Oogway, drawing on both electric Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman's work.

    Of the CDs, four of them are listed in the upcoming mailing list (planned for Tuesday October 16) as Staff Picks on Squidco.

    Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang): What's Next? (Clean Feed)

    A great example of the Norwegian creative jazz scene, the quintet of Andree Roligheten on sax & clarinet, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums take their name from an Ornette Coleman LP, as they show us 'What's Next' by blending lyrical and free approaches with unexpected twists and turns.



    Pitsiokos, Chris / Susana Santos Silva / Torbjorn Zetterberg: Child Of Illusion (Clean Feed)

    A profound sense of drama in free playing from the young collective trio of NY saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos with the establish partnership of Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva and Swedish bassist Torbjourn Zetterberg, in jazz is chamber-like, informed by their musical background that spreads over a myriad of aesthetics, full of nuance and beautiful interplay.



    Sacks, Jacob: Fishes (Clean Feed)

    Eleven new works from New York pianist Jacob Sacks in a quintet with some of NY's finest--Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone, Tony Malaby on tenor & soprano saxophones, Michael Formanek on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums--referencing traditional jazz influences like Monk & Mingus with superbly creative soloing fostered by the freedom of Sack's compositions.



    Nordstrom, Fredrik : Needs (Clean Feed)

    An all-star octet of Swedish improvisers is actually a double quaret with two reed players (Nordstrom & Ljugkvist), two brass players (Aleklint and Barno), two double bassists (Augustson and Zetterberg) and two drummers (Cantillo and Rundqvist), creating a powerful rhythmic foundation for a lyrical set of Nordstrom compositions and conductions.






    Saturday October 13th is the 5th Cassette Store Day, described as:

    "Cassette Store Day began in the United Kingdom in 2013 and quickly grew to become a global event with the participation of the United States, Japan, Germany and France. Through the efforts of CSD and the stores, labels, bands and fans involved worldwide we've helped keep what was once perceived as a dead format alive and viable in today's digital age!"

    When Squidco opened in 2002 we carried no cassettes. The format seemed dormant, with little interest for serious musicians in releasing albums on this "antiquated" format. Fast forward to 2018, where we are now averaging 40 cassette releases each year, many of which include a download code. Most are short run or limited releases, and most sell out quite quickly. We currently have 124 cassette releases in stock, with titles from the US, Canada, UK, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Slovokia, and Japan. It may not rival our CD or LP catalog, but the cassette tape has made a decided comeback, with a diverse and interesting set of releases to choose from.

    Out of curiosity I ran the numbers on our database to see how many cassettes we've stocked over the last several years. In our first 8 years, we carried exactly two cassettes, bot of which came from the great Montreal label Ambiances Magnetiques, and the bands Bruire (not surprisingly as they've alway been a forward thinking group) and from clarinetist and composer Robert Marcel Lepage. Surprisingly we still have a copy of each in our inventory, as they've been a perennial seller since we first added them. I suppose Ambiances is part of the reason my own faith in the cassette was restored.

    Here are the numbers:

    2018 - 39 cassettes (so far)
    2017 - 35
    2016 - 44
    2015 - 31
    2014 - 25
    2013 - 3
    2012 - 7
    2011 - 2
    2010 - 9
    before that, just 2

    Despite my lack of faith in the cassette as a commodity when we started the store, I have been an advocate of the cassette tape since the 1970s. If you can bear with a little reminiscing: when I first started seriously collecting music in high school and college, starting in the late 70s, I would "preserve" my LPs by making cassette copies of them. This gave me a big advantage, as most of my listening was on the fledgling Sony Walkman, which I sported all around Central NY and my college campus, receiving many curious stares from people not quite ready for the age of the portable headphone. I was meticulous in my taping habits, cleaning the heads, checking the bias, and I upgraded my recorders regularly to keep up with technology (spending my student loans inappropriately, naturally!) I found the intimacy of listening on my Walkman helped me to become educated in the music I was following, then a mix of RIO, traditional jazz and Blue Note/Riverside style hard bop, loft style NY jazz and Downtown NY, European Free Improv, and genre-blending pop and rock forms.

    I have no doubt that the cassette format shaped my listening, ultimately leading me to running Squidco. I'm happy to see the format remain viable and desirable in the second decade of the 21st century, an unexpected twist in the evolution of formats. Coupled with download codes, the cassette is both a modern and a nostalgic media, as satisfying as any other format that's survived the temperamental interests of industry and listener.






    A few updates from the last two weeks:

    October 11, 2018: New @ Squidco:
    Chris Pitsiokos/Susana Santos Silva/Torbjorn Zetterberg -Child Of Illusion [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten/Johansson/Gronberg/Rune Strom/Ostvang) -What's Next? [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Jacob Sacks -Fishes [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Mette Rasmussen /Chris Corsano -A View Of The Moon (From The Sun) [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Master Oogway -The Concert Koan [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Heaven (Henrik Pultz Melbye/Ole Mofjell) -IAPOE [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Peter McEachern Trio -Bone-Code [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Jonas Cambien Trio (w/Roligheten/Wildhagen) -We Must Mustn't We [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
    Gunter Sommer Baby (w/ Till Bronner) -Baby's Party [CD] (Intakt)
    Stefen Aeby Trio (w/ Andre Pousaz/Michi Stulz) -The London Concert [CD] (Intakt)
    Skerebotte Fatta -Riders From The Ra [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Ornette Coleman -Looking For Ornette [DVD] (La Huite)

    October 10, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Cornelius Cardew / London Experimental Ensemble - Treatise (Split Rock Records) by Dave Madden.

    October 9, 2018: New @ Squidco:
    Donald Sturge/Anthony McKenzie II (feat. Elliot Sharp, Bill Laswell, Vernon Reid) -Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (577)
    Listening Group (feat. Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Jeff Snyder/Stelios Mihas/Federico Ughi) -Live at the Forward Festival 2016 [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (577)
    Listening Group (feat. Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Jeff Snyder/Stelios Mihas/Federico Ughi) -Live at the Forward Festival 2016 [CD] (577)
    Choi Bae Sun/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae Hwan -Arirang Fantasy [CD] (NoBusiness)
    Choi Bae Sun/Junji Hirose/Motoharu Yoshizawa/Kim Dae Hwan -Arirang Fantasy [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
    Morton Feldman -Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS] (Hat [now] ART)
    Morton Feldman -Trio [CD] (Hat [now] ART)
    Metal Chaos Ensemble -Blast Furnace [CD] (Evil Clown)
    Leap Of Faith -Proof Theory [CD] (Evil Clown)
    Antonis Anissegos/Christos Yermenoglou -Intertitles [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Univers Zero -Ceux Du Dehors [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)



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