November 25, 2019:
Last week we listed a really great set of new releases on the website, including the magnificent Henry Cow complete The Henry Cow Box Redux (and they really mean complete!) alongside new albums from Libra, Carrier Records, ESP-Disk, Honest Jons Records, Heat Retention Records, Fragment Factory, Pulsewidth, Northern Spy, Rune Grammofon, and Notice Recordings. We continue to work through the latest set of Creative Sources, this week adding the excellent Ernesto Rodrigues / Luis Senra / Gianna De Toni / Luis Couto / Biagio Verdolini album Prima Pratica . And I'm very happy to announce the two latest albums from ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records: Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and George Lewis, and Satoko Inoue performing the music of Jo Kondo.
Of the ezzthetics, the Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin album is a marvel in advanced chamber improvisation using subtle electroacoustic elements from AACM legend George Lewis. The album, titled only for the quartet, is taken from a concert at Kunstraum Walcheturm, in Zurich, Switzerland in 2018. The conversation between the four appears at first to be somewhat abstract, with clearly virtuosic playing. As one listens, structures, textures, and an innate sense of direction reveal themselves, slyly transporting the listener until they are caught in a current, sometimes moving slowly, sometimes in a tempest of activity, but always quite detailed and with each player contributing unexpected and fascinating elements. Attentive listening reveals the profound and sometimes eccentric playing that each brings to the concert, rewarding in what is clearly an exhilarating experience for player and listener alike.
We also bring great news in announcing the next release on the ezzthetics line, the first of two albums from the John Coltrane Quartet, recorded in 1962 while on tour in Europe. The recordings are first rate remastered concerts, and the playing captures Coltrane at the height of his hard bop playing with three quarters of his quartet, with Jimmy Garrison replacing Reggie Workman on bass. The band is on fire, Coltrane soloing exceptional, and the concert well-received. Squidco doesn't sell a great deal of hard bop, our catalog reflecting the legacy of players like John Coltrane and the freedom they brought to jazz. This album therefore stands as a pillar from the past of the drive and motivation, and the sheer power of the influences that continue to propel modern creative jazz and improvised music.
Kimmig-Studer-Zimmerlin and George Lewis: (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
The innovative string trio of Daniel Studer on double bass, Harald Kimmig on violin, and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello, develop focused environments of timbre, texture, dynamic and space, seemingly abstract yet incredibly concentrative and virtuosic interaction, here joined by Chicago trombonist and electronics artist George Lewis adding a 4th profound layer to their incredible conversation.
Inoue, Satoko: Presents Jo Kondo's New Works For Piano (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
The second album of piano works from Japanese composer Jo Kondo performed by pianist Satoko Inoue--a noted interpreter of solo works by Feldman, Ferrari, and Cage--here presenting all of Kondo's works for solo piano written from 2001 to 2012, alongside two early works from 1975, exploring a wealth of harmonic, rhythmic, and conceptual ideas from a diversity of projects.
John Coltrane Quartet: Impressions Graz 1962 (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
The first of two parts recorded during John Coltrane's 1962 tour of Europe, recorded in Stefaniensaal Graz, Austria with his quartet of McCoy Tyner (piano), Elvin Jones (drums) and Reggie Workman (bass), performing "The Inch Worm", "I Want To Talk About You", "Autumn Leaves", and "Impressions".
You can, as with all upcoming releases, ask us to email you as soon as the new Coltrane album arrives by using our Upcoming Releases page.
As this week is the US Thanksgiving Holiday, leading up to Black Friday, we will have no new album updates during this week, we are in the office processing orders, and I will be publishing on The Squid's Ear. After a very busy start to the fall, we will continue the momentum: over the last few days I have been placing purchases that will be arriving over the next couple of weeks. Those are listed below, and will be found on our Upcoming Releases page.
Nyberg / Bjora / Andersen: Kimchi Moccasin Tango (Clean Feed)
Avram Fefer Quartet: Testament (Clean Feed)
Gorilla Mask: Brain Drain (Clean Feed)
Gorilla Mask: Brain Drain [VINYL] (Clean Feed)
Jose Lencastre Nau Quartet: Live in Moscow (Clean Feed)
Tim Stine Quartet: Knots (Clean Feed)
Daniel Bernardes & Drumming GP: Liturgy of the Birds – in memoriam Olivier Messiaen (Clean Feed)
Almeida / Duynhoven / Klein: Live at the Bimhuis (Clean Feed)
Kalman / Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds (Shhpuma)
Kalman / Fredrik Rasten: Weaving a Fabric of Winds [VINYL] (Shhpuma)
Kidambi, Amirtha / Lea Bertucci: Phase Eclipse (Astral Spirits)
Akiyama / Field / Vidic: Interpersonal Subjectivities [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)
KVL: Volume 1 [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)
Akiyama / Field / Vidic: Interpersonal Subjectivities [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)
The Flying Luttenbachers: Imminent Death (ugEXPLODE)
Bobby Bradford / Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Blue Cat [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Bones (Ziv Taubenfeld / Shay Hazan / Nir Sabag): Reptiles [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Coleman, Anthony: Catenary Oath [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Concert In Vilnius (NoBusiness)
Juan F. G. Vinuesa / Josh Berman / Jason Roebke / Mikel Patrick Avery: Blue Shots From Chicago (NoBusiness)
Katarsis4 Saxophone Quartet (Bizys / Janonis / Pancerovas / Jusinskas): Eponimous (NoBusiness)
Masahiko Satoh / Sabu Toyozumi: The Aiki (NoBusiness)
Masahiko Satoh / Sabu Toyozumi: The Aiki [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Concert In Vilnius [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Rivers, Sam / Joe Daley / Dave Holland / Barry Altschul / Charlie Persip: Zenith (NoBusiness)
Steve Swell / Robert Boston / Michael Vatcher: Brain In A Dish (NoBusiness)
Das B Quartet: Mazen Kerbaj / Mike Majkowski / Magda Mayas / Tony Buck: Canopy (Tawpot)
Since 1988 David Lee Myers, aka Arcane Device, has been releasing unusual electronic music using the description "Feedback Music". His work came to my attention through his 2nd album, Engines Of Myth, released in 1988 on the Recommended Records label. As now, I bought from Recommended (RéR) everything they released, as label leader Chris Cutler has exceptional taste and far-roaming ears. I was not disappointed: Arcane Device was an exciting example of organized electronics using a sound palette I was both unfamiliar with yet also quite comfortable with. I followed his work through a variety of albums, inclusions on comps, and then through his own Pulsewidth releases. The labels he released on include experimental labels including Silent, Generations Unlimited, Korm Plastics, Banned Production, and RRRecords. He also released a series of duo records with electronic composer and innovator Tod Dockstader on the Recommended Records label.
Squidco has carried 17 of his albums since we first opened in 2002, and I have found them consistently interesting, excellent, and uniquely developed; in fact, all of them are in my own personal collection. His latest album on his own Pulsewidth label is Prototype Of The Veil, consisting of four short works and two larger pieces. The longer pieces are wonderful journeys in sound, from purposeful activity like a march of molecular industriousness to languid seas of shimmering sound. Over the years Myers has expanded and developed new tools and devices that have evolved his compositional strategies, and his many years of experience show in this outstanding album, a welcome addition to his unique catalog of sound.
Myers, David Lee: Prototype Of The Veil (pulsewidth)
David Lee Myers began creating feedback music in 1989, originally under the name Arcane Device, developing unique approaches to harnessing feedback between audio devices in ways their manufactures did not intend; since 2014 he has used a set of new devices that allow intense control and beauty through vibrational interactions, as heard in this, his 18th solo album of feedback music.
November 25, 2019: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Jason Koa Hwang and Burning Bridge - Blood (True Sound Recordings) by Paul Serralheiro.
November 21, 2019: New @ Squidco:
Toh-Kichi (Satoko Fujii/Tatsuya Yoshida) -Baikamo [CD] (Libra)
exclusiveOr (Peter Evans/Wooley/Muncy/Olencki/Karre/Cimini/Young/Snyder/Pluta) -Modules [CD] (Carrier Records)
exclusiveOr (Peter Evans/Wooley/Muncy/Olencki/Karre/Cimini/Young/Snyder/Pluta) -Modules [VINYL] (Carrier Records)
Henry Cow -The Henry Cow Box Redux: The Complete Henry Cow [17 CDs, 1 DVD, 250pg Book] (Recommended Records)
Krokofant w/ Stale Storlokken/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten -Q [CD] (Rune Grammofon)
Fay Victor -Barn Songs [CD] (Northern Spy)
Brian Osborne -Decorous Novelties [CD] (Heat Retention Records)
Radical Empathy Trio -Reality and Other Imaginary Places [CD] (ESP-Disk)
Hands To (Jeph Jerman) -Scrine [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)
Chik White/Xuan Ye -Breath Fractals [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)
November 21, 2019: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Antoine Beuger and colectivo maDam - ...of being numerous (Edition Wanderweiser Records) by John Eyles.
November 20, 2019: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Albert Ayler Quartets - Spirits To Ghosts Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd) by Jeph Jerman.