November 24, 2020:
The last three weeks have been consumed by a flood of new releases, planning for new purchases, and placing orders for a number of very exciting releases expected in the next few weeks. Highlights for my ears are a set of 9 new albums on Lithuania's exemplary NoBusiness label, with artists including Derek Bailey, Sam Rivers, Frank Gratkowski, Mats Gustafsson, Sabu Toyozumi, Red Trio Celebration Band, Barry Guy and Nate Wooley! We're also expecting the 2nd Charlie Parker reissue on ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd in the next week, and the Vinny Golia / John Hanrahan / Henry Kaiser / Wayne Peet / Mike Watt project "A Love Supreme & Meditations A Love Supreme Electric".
A number of new Confront titles are on their way to us, including a new The Seen and Sealed Knot albums. The latest two erstwhile releases — Toshiya Tsunoda / Taku Unami: Wovenland 2 and Choi Joonyong / Jin Sangtae: Hole in My Head — will be accompanied by three recent Elsewhere releases from Melanie Dailbert, Jurg Frey, and Shira Legmann. There's also a double 7" box set from SpleenCoffin that includes a side with Jeph Jerman; a new Balance Point Acoustic trio with Lisa Cameron / Damon Smith / Alex Cunningham; a new Remote Viewers album; a new Improvisers series on Kontrans from the trio of Blonk, Mallozzi & Vandermark; and two albums on Listen! Foundation from Pauli Lyytinen / Maciej Garbowski / Krzysztof Gradziuk and OWL, The feat. Pablo Held.
As always, you can ask us to notify you when any of these releases are available, with no obligation to purchase, by using our upcoming release page.
So you can see, we've been busy! On top of that, I've spent three weekends preparing for and executing an upgrade to our database server, all part of a project to advance our office technology to allow for more efficient processing of our customer's orders. And to make sure the next week is just as busy, this week we're preparing for our annual Black Friday sales, which will start early on Friday morning and run through the weekend!
Throughout all of it, we've been focused on the US elections and the unusual challenges we've been witness to. Regardless of anyone's political affiliation, following the rule of law and having faith in the people who execute and protect the integrity of our vote has prevailed, as we should all desire. I am hopefully thinking that the coming few years will help cure some of the angst and frustration we've been subjected to, and will be a good time to reflect on societal priorities and finding common ground.
Sadly, common ground also includes a global pandemic. My own family has experienced the coronavirus, with my brother's family all having contracted and been symptomatic with covid-19; they're all on the mend, but it was a frightening two weeks for our family, and brought home the seriousness of the times and the need for effective leadership as new vaccine options become available.
Be safe and don't be weary of the restrictions we're in, and please be patient with the need to protect others and ourselves during this time. If you're really frustrated, take a deep breath, and put on a beautiful album of creative music while you contemplate a better future.
A Great Year of Reissues:
More often than you might expect we receive a phone call with a question similar to: "Do you have [such-and-such] album by Led Zeppelin [or Wayne Newton or Barbara Streisand; pick a common recording artist and insert]". I patiently answer that we're a store specialized in new improvised and compositional music, which typically results in a long pause, and occasionally a sullen goodbye. Around Record Store Day those calls are even more frequent, and result in even deeper disappointment.
Squidco was formed to sell physical media with an emphasis on new albums, new statements, new ideas & concepts in music and sound. In 2002 we picked up a large amount of back-catalog as we first opened our store, but all on modern, active labels that we intended to keep current with going forward. And so it has been for, gasp, 18 years this January!
That said, we can also point to our category of album reissues, which currently lists albums from labels otherwise actively releasing new music, including Corbett vs. Dempsey, Discus, ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd, Honest Jons Records, NoBusiness Records, Sub Rosa, KARLRECORDS, and Recommended Records. Here are the top 12 selling reissues of 2020 by customer sales, listed in descending sales order. Pick up a bit of history and still-vital music with any of these impressive albums that have thankfully returned to active status.
Parker, Charlie : Selections From The SAVOY Recordings (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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.
Ayler, Albert: Spirit Rejoice & Bells Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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.
Parker, Charlie : Selections From The DIAL Recordings (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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.
Ayler, Albert Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 (Revisited) [2 CDs] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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 (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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.
Kowald, Peter Quintet: Peter Kowald Quintet (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
First ever CD reissue of the only band under bassist Peter Kowald's own name, remastered; originally released by FMP in 1972, this is exemplary European Free Jazz from one of the orignal innovators in a quartet with Peter Kowald on tuba, bass, & alphorn, Gunter Christmann and Paul Rutherford on trombones, Peter van der Locht on alto saxophone, and Paul Lovens on drums.
Oxley, Tony: February Papers (Discus)
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.
Sun Ra Arkestra: Heliocentric Worlds 1 and 2 (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
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.
Sun Ra And His Solar-Myth Arkestra: The Solar-Myth Approach (Vol. 1 & 2) [2 CDs] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Originally issued on the BYG label as a 2 volume set, these albums present a variety of tracks from various undocumented sessions in New York and Philadelphia in the 1960s, with similar personnel in the makeup of the Arkestra during this time, here fully remastered and presented as a 2-CD set including a bonus track correcting an original mastering problem; essential Ra!
Brotzmann, Peter: 14 Love Poems [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)
Reissuing German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann's 1984 solo album on the FMP label, inspired by a poetry booklet by Kenneth Patchen of the same name, a little known poet whose booklet Brötzmann carried with him around the time of this recording, evoking passionate and emotional playing on alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinets, & tarogato.
Schlippenbach Quartet: Three Nails Left (Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Remastered and with the original cover, the expanded Schlippenbach Trio of pianist Alexander Von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker on soprano & tenor, drummer/percussionist Paul Lovens, and German double bassist Peter Kowald, a stellar group captured in two incredibly inventive concerts at Third New Jazz Festival Moers and at Quartier Latin in 1974 & 1975.
15 Kinder & Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink: Free Jazz und Kinder [VINYL] (Tochnit Aleph)
Originally released in 1973 on the FMP label as 2 7" records, this obscure gem brings the European Free Improvising masters Peter Brötzmann (tenor sax), Fred Van Hove (piano) and Han Bennink (drums & percussion) into a workshop at Akademie der Kunste, Berlin to record with 15 children between the ages of 8 and 11, a curios merging of free jazz & interactive field recording.
Squidco Publishing Roundup:
I end with a number of updates to our site and The Squid's Ear over the last couple of weeks. You can always keep up with the latest additions to our catalog as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page. You can see a list of the releases we're anticipating on our upcoming releases page, where you can request that we inform you via email of any release that you're interested in, with no obligation to purchase.
November 23, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Klaus Filip / Moe Kamura - Passagein (Wind's Measure) by Brian Olewnick.
November 19, 2020: New @ Squidco:
Cortex (Hoyer/Nilssen/Alberts/Johansson) -Legal Tender [CD] (Clean Feed)
Ballrogg (Ellerhusen-Holm/Arntzen/Stackenas) -Rolling Ball [CD] (Clean Feed)
Chrome Hill (Lerheim/Arntzen/Lofthus/Nymo) -This is Chrome Hill [CD] (Clean Feed)
Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Expanded Ensemble, The -Soundpath [CD] (Clean Feed)
Lencastre/Nuno/Faustino/Valinho -Anthropic Neglect [CD] (Clean Feed)
Savina Yannatou/Joana Sa -Ways of Not Seeing [CD] (Clean Feed)
Luisa Goncalves -Unno [CD] (Clean Feed)
Joao Lobo (Lobo/Lobo/Kempeneer) -Simorgh [CD] (Shhpuma)
Andre Goncalves -Instrumentals [CD] (Shhpuma)
Kahil El'Zabar -Kahil El'Zabar's America The Beautiful [CD] (Spiritmuse Records)
Sabu Toyozumi/Rick Countryman/Simon Tan/Isla Antinero/Stella Ignacio -The Search for the Five Senses [CD] (Sol Disk Records)
November 19, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Alvin Lucier - String Noise (Black Truffle) by Brian Olewnick.
November 18, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: The Geordie Approach (Birkeland / Fadnes / Sharkey) - Shields (Discus) by Dave Madden.
November 17, 2020: New @ Squidco:
Schubert/Schlippenbach/Blume -Forge [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Jooklo Trio (Genta/Vanzan/Lopez) -It Is What It Is [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Samara Lubelski -Partial Infinite Sequence [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Susanna Gartmayer/Christoph Kurzmann -Smaller Sad [CD] (Klanggalerie )
Tomeka Reid/Joe Morris -Combinations [CD] (RogueArt)
Charlotte Greve/Vinnie Sperrazza/Chris Tordini -The Choir Invisible [CD] (Intakt)
Christoph Irniger Trio (w/Raffaele Bossard/Ziv Ravitz) -Open City [CD] (Intakt)
Ernesto Rodrigues/Miguel Almeida/Andre Lanca/Bernardo Alvares/Felice Furioso -Un Seul Regard Le Chant Petri De Beaute Un Mot Vert [CD] (Creative Sources)
Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra -A Fire Side Chat With Lucifer [VINYL] (Modern Harmonic)
November 17, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Dean Rosenthal - Stones/Water/Time/Breath (Edition Wandelweiser) by Jeph Jerman.
November 12, 2020: New @ Squidco:
John Blum/Jackson Krall -Duplexity [CD] (Relative Pitch)
Alexander Schlippenbach von -Piano Solo: Slow Pieces for Aki [CD] (Intakt)
OM (Urs Leimgruber/Christy Doran/Bobby Burri/Fredy Studer) -It's About Time [CD] (Intakt)
James Lewis Brandon Quartet (w/ Taylor/Ortiz/Jones) -Molecular [CD] (Intakt)
Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter -ST [CD] (ugEXPLODE)
Chris Pitsiokos/Javier Areal Velez/Kevin Murray -First Blush [CD] (1039 Records)
George Lewis (w/ Derek Bailey/Douglas Ewart/Joelle Leandre/Steve Lacy) -Rainbow Family [CD] (Carrier Records)
Diceros -Symbolic Boundary [CD] (Creative Sources)
Joel Futterman/Ike Levin Trio featuring Kash Killion -LifeLine [CD] (Charles Lester Music)
Oceans Roar 1000 Drums -[VINYL] (Sacred Realism)
November 12, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Rhodri Davies - Transversal Time (Confront Recordings) by Paul Serralheiro.
November 10, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Tomas Cabado & Christoph Schiller - Unconscious Collections (Another Timbre) by John Eyles.
November 10, 2020: New @ Squidco:
Talibam! W/ Silke Eberhard/Nikolaus Neuser -This Week Is In Two Weeks [VINYL] (ESP-Disk)
Horace Tapscott/The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra -Ancestral Echoes: The Covina Sessions, 1976 [CD] (Dark Tree Records)
Christina Kubisch -Italienische Stucke/Italian Pieces (1974-1984) [CD] (Tochnit Aleph)
Sam Weinberg/Henry Fraser/Weasel Walter -Grist [CD] (ugEXPLODE)
Evan Parker -Monoceros [VINYL] (Treader)
Phillip Greenlief -Barbedwire: 37 Graphic Scores For Trio Volume One [CD] (Creative Sources)
Hupata! (Rave/Warelis/Tuan Ku) -Microclimates [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)
Guilherme Rodrigues -Cascata [CD] (Creative Sources)
Tester/Caldwell -Little Flower [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)
15 Kinder & Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink -Free Jazz und Kinder [VINYL] (Tochnit Aleph)
November 9, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Thollem / Parker / Cline - Gowanus Sessions II (ESP) by Paul Serralheiro.