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Cecil Taylor (w/ Lyons / Dixon / Grimes / Silva / Cyrille):
With (Exit) To Student Studies, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Changing approaches to his music with new quartet of Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, Alan Silva on double bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums, pianist Cecil Taylor's incredible 1966 concert in Paris presented four extended compositions, here remastered and reissued with a track from a compilation LP--"With (Exit)"--extending his quartet with Bill Dixon on trumpet and Henry Grimes on double bass. ... Click to View


Survival Unit III (McPhee / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang):
The Art of Flight: For Alvin Fielder [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

A fully acoustic set of creative free improvisation from the Survival Unit III trio of Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Joe McPhee on tenor saxophone & pocket trumpet and Michael Zerang on percussion, performing at the 2018 The Instigation Festival in New Orleans in a set of concerts that also was drummer Alvin Fielder's last concert, to whom this album is dedicated. ... Click to View


Charles Rumback :
Seven Bridges [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Merging disparate styles into music that is clearly jazz-based, warm and beautifully structured, Chicago drummer and composer Charles Rumback's 7th album as a leader assembles a large group of luminaries including Jim Baker, Ron Miles, Jason Stein, and Greg Ward for a set of instrumentals and songs that are effusive but never sentimental, a beautiful balance. ... Click to View


Ikue Mori:
Tracing The Magic (Tzadik)

A large work from Downtown New York improviser and innovator Ikue Mori, seven piece dedicated to women artists whose vision found them creating into their 80's & 90s, performed in an ensemble with Sylvie Courvoisier, Ned Rothenberg, Zeena Parkins, Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Erik Friedlander, David Watson, Makigami Koichi, Charmaine Lee & Sae Hashimoto. ... Click to View


Elliott Sharp / Tim Dahl / Weasel Walter:
Kompromat (ugEXPLODE)

A scorching studio recording from 2011 recently discovered in the archives from the trio of Elliott Sharp on guitar, Tim Dahl on bass guitar, Weasel Walter on drums, a raging album of free improvisation in the Downtown NY style from three players steeped in expressing instrumental agitation with clarity and conviction - a truly burning power trio! ... Click to View


Marta Warelis:
A Grain of Earth (Relative Pitch)

Working inside and out of the piano and sometime evoking wild sounds that seem to have no relationship to the instrument, Polish-born and Amsterdam-based pianist Marta Warelis explores the concepts of realities beyond our perception, and a thought that we are a part of a big organism where everything goes endlessly bigger and smaller in scale of size, time and speed. ... Click to View


Alexandra Grimal :
Refuge (Relative Pitch)

Recorded using the natural resonance from the base of a stone double spiral staircase in the Castle of Chambord, France, improvising soprano saxophonist Alexandra Grimal explores her own personal language and the affect the ambience brings to her adept playing, through beautifully melodic lines, long arpeggiations, or short bursts of penetrating utterance. ... Click to View


Wubbels / Lee / Olencki :
Field of Action / contraposition [VINYL] (Out Of Your Head Records)

Two collaborations in a split LP, and the continuation of a series of duo pieces for piano and other instruments that pianist and keyboardist Eric Wubbels has been pursuing since 2006: first an intensive 3-part "Field Of Action" with vocalist and noise artist Charmaine Lee; then "Contraposition" with trombonist Weston Olencki in a duo with Wubbels on prepared piano. ... Click to View


M (feat. Ben Stapp / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Marco Colonna / Steve Swell):
Broken Songs (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

A set of blues songs of a personal nature, concepts for a broken yet hopeful age, written and sung by improvising guitarist Marcin "M" Olak (Gadt/Osborne/Zakrocki/Olak, Agusti Fernandez) performed and expanded by a set of stellar improvisers: Ben Stapp on tuba, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Marco Colonna on flute and Steve Swell on trombone. ... Click to View


Phil Venable :
Bassworks, Vol 1 (Soul City Sounds)

Three muscular and inventive solo improvisations on the acoustic upright bass from North Carolina bassist and composer Phil Venable, a member of Tragic Assembly and The Phil Venable - Paul Swest Duo, recorded in the studio in 2022, the three "Basswork" parts are mostly demonstrating his strong walking and plucking skills, at times applying objects to his strings. ... Click to View


Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg):
Heisse Scheisse [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

Skronky multi-faceted NY Downtown-style improvisation with an electric edge from the quintet of Chris Pitsiokis on alto sax, winds, electronics & samples, Wendy Eisenberg on electric guitar, Richard Lenz on electric bass, Kevin Murray on acoustic & electronic drums and Nick Neuburg on percussion, rolling and rollicking through riffs and scrabbly exploration. ... Click to View


John Zorn (Bill Frisell / Julian Lage / Gyan Riley):
A Garden of Forking Paths (Tzadik)

The fifth set of compositions from John Zorn for the guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and Gyan Riley, these works inspired by the short stories of Argentine philosopher and writer Jorge Luis Borges, each of the nine pieces drawing on elements of folk, classical, jazz, bluegrass, world music and more, rendered impeccably by the masterful skills of all three guitarists. ... Click to View


Baldrian Quartett:
Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdy: Streichquartette – Entschlummern sollst Du, sollst entschlummern (Bruit)

A tongue-in-cheek album packaged like a Deutsche Grammophon release of a string quartet by fictional composer Frieda Bertelsohn Martholdys (1878-1907), which is instead a superb live ea-improv performance at the 2018 Music Unlimited Festival in Austria by Gaudenz Badrutt (electronics), Kai Fagaschinski (clarinette), Jonas Kocher (accordion) & Christof Kurzmann (electronics). ... Click to View


Mark Feldman / Katinka Kleijn:
Sine Nomine (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Blurring free improvisation and compositional strategies in this encounter at the "First Meeting Series" at FAB Music Studio Chicago between New York violinist Mark Feldman and Chicago cellist Katinka Kleijn, a remarkable concert in two parts showing imaginative skills of phenomenal technical expertise and experience, instant compositions of the highest order. ... Click to View


Cath Roberts / Olie Brice:
Conduits (Relative Pitch)

Recording in real-time during the pandemic, UK improvisers, baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts (Favourite Animals, Madwort Sax Quartet) and double bassist Olie Brice (Olie Brice Quintet, Tobias Delius, &c) recorded these extended improvisations simulateously at their homes, beautifully paced and intently listening as they keep the conversation going despite a world of restrictions. ... Click to View


Alan Silva / Itaru Oki / Richard Comte / Makoto Sato:
Celebration (nunc.)

Recorded live in Paris in 2019 as a celebration of improvising keyboardist Alan Silva's 80th birthday, and released with a dedication to the memory of trumpeter Itaru Oki, the quartet completed with guitarist Richard Comte and drummer Makoto Sato, in a 3-part improvisation that is sadly the final recording for Oki, standing as a great example of his voice. ... Click to View


Dave Douglas:
Overcome [VINYL] (Greenleaf Music)

Beginning with a reimagining of the Civil Rights anthem "We Shall Overcome", trumpeter Dave Douglas' album is an emotional and powerful statement of human engagement towards justice--Racial justice; Climate justice; Voting justice; Gender justice--performed with Ryan Keberle on trombone, Fay Victor on voice, Camila Meza on voice, guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. ... Click to View


Udo Schindler / Peter Jacquemyn:
Fragile Eruptions (FMR)

Live recordings of two sessions of fully free and uniquely creative duo improvisations by Udo Schinlder on clarinets, saxophone and brass, and Peter Jacquemyn on double bass & voice, recorded on November 29th, 2019 at the 98th Salon für Klang+Kunst Kralling/Munich by Udo Schindler (part one) & on the next day at Galerie arToxin by Gottfried Düren (part two). ... Click to View


Artifacts (Nicole Mitchell / Tomeka Reid / Mike Reed):
...and then there's this [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

Confirming their place in Chicago's improv legacy, the second album from the Artifacts Trio of Nicole Mitchell on flute & electronics, Tomeka Reid on cello and Mike Reed on drums & percussion expand the AACM canon with compositions from each member, plus several insightful and lively collective improvisations and one piece each from Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams. ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Gerald Cleaver:
Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (577 Records)

The 2nd of two studio albums from the quartet of Daniel Carter on saxophone & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, recordings from the same sessions as the 1st volume with five shorter works, as the long-time collaborators and friends show their nearly telepathic rapport in adventurous and masterful modern jazz. ... Click to View


Osvaldo Coluccino :
Absum (Inexhaustible Editions)

Composer, sound artist and poet Osvaldo Coluccino in a six-part electroacoustic composition for electronics, violin and objects, the title carrying several meanings: 1) not being there, being absent, 2) being free, 3) abstaining, opposing, being alien, 4) differing, being different, 5) (regarding places) being distant, being far away, 6) being inferior. ... Click to View


Ernstalbrecht Stiebler / Tilman Kanitz:
The Pankow-Park Sessions, Vol.1 (Another Timbre)

Six potent duo improvisations for cello and piano by composer & pianist Ernstalbrecht Stiebler and fellow-Berlin resident Tilman Kanitz, who have been developing their dialog together for several years in studio, focusing much of their momentum on pitch and harmony, their work all the more remarkable for Stiebler only having begun improvising in his mid-80s. ... Click to View


Cecil Taylor:
Respiration (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

An incredible solo concert from legendary New York pianist Cecil Taylor in October, 1968 at the Sala Kongresowa (Congress Hall, Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw during the Jazz Jamboree, recorded by Polski Radio and remastered in 2021, an excellent example of the nimble mind and quick technical skills of Taylor's personal take on improvisation; stunning! ... Click to View


Steve Coleman and Five Elements:
Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume II (Mdw Ntr) [2 CDs] (Pi Recordings)

Recorded a year after Volume 1, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman's Five Elements band with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Anthony Tidd on bass, Sean Rickman on drums and, replacing guitarist Miles Okazaki, improvising vocalist Kokayi credited as "wordsmith", performing at The Village Vanguard for a sophisticated, rhythmically fascinating and energetic concert; exemplary! ... Click to View


Miles Okazaki (w/ Mitchell / Tidd / Rickman):
Thisness (Pi Recordings)

Trickster, the stellar quartet of New York guitarist Miles Okazaki with Matt Mitchell on piano, Fender Rhodes & synth, Anthony Tidd on electric bass and Sean Rickman on drums, in a sequel to The Sky Below, blending acoustic and electric jazz in four captivating compositions that Okazaki describes as striving towards something like collective dreaming. ... Click to View


David Virelles:
Nuna (Pi Recordings)

Cuban/NY pianist David Virelles in his first solo album, 14 original compositions and 2 from Cuban composers, blending modern jazz with Cuban, African and European influences, a tour-de-force of clear and balanced, irrepresible rhythms and elegant ballads, an inspired album opening on marimbula and expanded with percussion from Julio Barreto on three tracks. ... Click to View


Musson / Moore / Brice / Prevost:
Under the Sun (Matchless)

Quartet, the masterful grouping of Rachel Musson on tenor sax, NO Moore on electric guitar, Olie Brice on double bass and Eddie Prévost on drums, an improvising ensemble of wonderfully unpredictable momentum, from passages of quiet introspection to thunderous density, but always with attentive listening and imaginative responses, heard in this spectacular 2021 concert at Iklektic. ... Click to View


Thollem:
Obstacle Illusion (Astral Spirits)

Taken from concerts during Thollem's 3-month European tour, at Centro d'Arte dell'Università di Padova; AngelicA at Teatro San Leonardo in Bologna; and Rassegna di Nuova Musica 39, performing on acoustic pianos or a Korg Wavestate, showing his technically impressive, creative drive over a diverse set of approaches to solo piano improvisation. ... Click to View


Tern (Philipp Wachsmann / Martin Hakett / Emil Karlsen):
In Air (FMR/Bead)

Two sessions from the free improvising electroacoustic trio of Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics, Martin Hakett on synthesizer and Emil Karlsen on drums & percussion, first for three studio recordings in 2019, and then in concert at the 2020 "Sounds Like This" festival at Leeds College for two wonderfully idiosyncratic and masterful conversations. ... Click to View


Action & Tension & Space:
Tellus [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

With one foot in fusion-oriented improv and the other in psychedelic/prog rock, the 4th album from the Norwegian quartet of Per Steinar Lie on lapsteel & electric guitar, Oystein Braut on guitar, organ & Mellotron, Julius Lind on double bass and Orjan Haaland on drums are joined by keyboard wiz Sigbjorn Apeland and percussionist Stale Liavik Solberg. ... Click to View



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  • June 24, 2022:

    I had to laugh at my own comment on the instock section in today's mailing list, stating: "we're never quite caught up"... The pandemic seems to have changed release pacing and this summer has had one of the busiest album release schedule that I can recall. Add to that acquisitions of new labels that we've started working with and we have 66 albums not fully cataloged as I write this, with 19 more staring at me on my desk.

    It's keeping us surprisingly busy, and incredibly happy to be listening to so many great new records on many of our favorite labels. We're slowly finishing the complete cataloging of those new albums, including researching all artists and collecting biographies, linking related records, and writing apt descriptions for each. If you're eager to see the new albums, you can find and order them on our Just In page, and of course, you can see our latest progress in catalog on our New Relases page.






    A Profusion of Cecil:

    For me, this week has been about Cecil Taylor, as a solo album from his earliest years was added to our catalog, a powerful addition to the late pianists catalog.

    My last update in December was issued when the transatlantic ensemble album Music From Two Continents was issued on Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!), listing a great number of new and reissued Cecil Taylor ablums. The Polish label has released a new album this month, focused on Taylor's solo work. In fact, this album was recorded shortly after Taylor began performing solo, after years in group settings, both his own and under other leaders. The new album, Respiration, clearly demonstrates the excitement this setting was for Taylor, in front of a receptive European audience at the 1968 Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw. A single long improvisation, the concert is a magnificent example of Taylor's creative mind and insanely powerful technical skills. It's a wild ride, and incredibly rewarding.

    Shortly we'll add a new ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd album from the legendary Taylor group of Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Bill Dixon, Henry Grimes, Alan Silva and Andrew Cyrille, remastering and reissuing the albums With(Exit) and To Student Studies. I couldn't be happier to see Taylor's back-catalog and unknown concert issues continue to come out, and with such great quality. You can request that we email you when the new ezz-thetic album is available on our upcoming release page.

    Taylor, Cecil: Respiration (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

    An incredible solo concert from legendary New York pianist Cecil Taylor in October, 1968 at the Sala Kongresowa (Congress Hall, Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw during the Jazz Jamboree, recorded by Polski Radio and remastered in 2021, an excellent example of the nimble mind and quick technical skills of Taylor's personal take on improvisation; stunning!



    Taylor, Cecil : Music From Two Continents feat Stanko, Rava, Franf Wright, Lyons, Borca, Barker, Hampel (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

    A truly wild concert of free jazz from Cecil Taylor's transatlantic orchestra, captured live at the 1984 Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw, Poland, bringing together impressive improvisers from the US--William Parker, John Tchicai, Jimmy Lyons, Karen Borca, Frank Wright, & Henry Martinez--with European Free Jazz leaders Tomasz Stank, Enrico Rava, Conrd Bauer & Günter Hampel.








    Ordered & Upcoming

    I mentioned our backlog before, but that doesn't give you the big picture. Here's what's currently ordered and on the way to us. You can ask us to inform you via email of any upcoming release that you're interested in, with no obligation.

    Kidd Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder, Live at Vision Festival XXIV (Mahakala Music)
    Fowler, Chad & WC Anderson: Lacrimosa (Mahakala Music)
    Hurt, Kelley / Chad Fowler / Christopher Parker / Bernard Santacruz / Anders Griffen: Nothing But Love, the Music of Frank Lowe (Mahakala Music)
    Parker, Christopher / Kelley Hurt: No Tears Suite (Mahakala Music)
    Original Mind : You Know When It's Time (Mahakala Music)
    Carter, Daniel & Jim Clouse: Playing Retention (Mahakala Music)
    Fowler, Chad / Christopher Parker: Park Hill Saudade (Mahakala Music)
    Futterman, Joel / Chad Fowler: Timeless Moments (Mahakala Music)
    Fowler, Chad / Matthew Shipp: Old Stories [2CDs] (Mahakala Music)
    Yamamoto, Eri / Chad Fowler / William Parker / Steve Hirsh: Sparks 2CDs] (Mahakala Music)
    Perelman, Ivo, Tim Berne, James Carter, Tony Malaby: (D)IVO (Mahakala Music)
    Anderson, Chad: Mellifluous Excursions Vol. 1 - Where You Been (Mahakala Music)

    Berndt, John: New Logic For Old Saxophones (Creative Sources)
    Hautzinger, Franz / Mazen Kerbaj: Abu Tarek (Creative Sources)
    Masing / Schwantke / Lin feat. Kakaduu: Music With Birds [2 CDs] (Creative Sources)
    David Boyce / Phillip Greenlief: MYSTERY SCHOOL (Creative Sources)
    Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos: Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages (Creative Sources)
    Rodrigues / da Rocha / Parrinha / Oliveira: Chiaroscuro (Creative Sources)
    Sama / Taubenfeld / Jan Willem van der Ham / Petruccelli / Sola / van Es / Ferreira / Govaert / Chientaroli: Owlman (Creative Sources)
    Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha: Sans oublier les arbres (Creative Sources)
    Lisbon String Trio & Bruno Parrinha: Dada (Creative Sources)
    Kaluza / Steyer / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mengersen: Echoes in a further range (Creative Sources)
    Rodrigues / Hartyani / Kohn / Lin: Hunter Underwater (Creative Sources)
    Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Madeira: Cosmos (Creative Sources)

    Guillaume Gargaud and Patrice Grente: Intuition's Days (Open Systems Records)

    Olive, Tim / Kayu Nakada: Kanpu (845 Audio)
    Tim Olive: Okay Grand Dependable /845 Audio

    Jon Rose: State of Play (Recommended Records)
    Jon Rose and Chris Abrahams: Peggy (Recommended Records)

    Pedro Alves Sousa (Sousa / Simoes / Silva / Abras / Ferrandini): Ma Estrela (Shhpuma)
    Landaeus Trio (Nilsson / Landaeus / Aman): A Crisis Of Perception (Clean Feed)
    Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet: Occasional Sketches (Clean Feed)
    Tarbaby Feat. Oliver Lake (Evans / Revis / Waits) + (Lake / Lawrence / Murray): Dance Of The Evil Toys (Clean Feed)
    Ziv Taubenfeld's Full Sun: Out Of The Beast Came Honey (Clean Feed)
    Fade In (Calcagno / Barcelona / Luparia): Live Fast, Die A Legend (Clean Feed)
    Space Quartet (Toral / Antunes / Morao / Torres) (Clean Feed)
    Miha Gantar: Introducing [5 CD Box] (Clean Feed)
    Angles: A Muted Reality (Clean Feed)
    Flak (Flak / Alves / Rebelo / Rodrigues / Lopes): Magpie Live (Shhpuma)
    Juhani Silvola: Wolf Hour Roundelay (Shhpuma)
    Lamiee./Dròlo Ensemble: The Deafening Moment Of The Whistle After The Noise (Shhpuma)

    Machinefabriek with Anne Bakker: Wisps (Machinefabriek)
    Gareth Davis & Machinefabriek: Standards (of Sorts) (Machinefabriek)
    Hydra Ensemble: Vistas (Machinefabriek)
    Rutger Zuydervelt & Bruno Duplant: Synchronicite (Machinefabriek)

    Oliveros, Pauline: Accordion & Voice [VINYL] (Important Records)
    Tsunoda, Toshiya: Landscape and Voice [VINYL] (Black Truffle)
    Shipp, Matthew Trio: World Construct (ESP)
    Jones Jones: Just Justice (ESP)
    Byron, Raymond: : Bond Wire Cur [VINYL] (ESP)
    Niblock, Phill: Working Touch [USB CARD] FE.org/Touch






    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    Finally, a few updates since my last entry. You can see new albums listed as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release. You can also see recent restocks of previous items at our Recently Restocked page.

    June 23, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Cecil Taylor -Respiration [CD] (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
    Steve Coleman and Five Elements -Live at the Village Vanguard, Volume II (Mdw Ntr) [2 CDs] (Pi Recordings)
    Miles Okazaki (w/ Mitchell/Tidd/Rickman) -Thisness [CD] (Pi Recordings)
    David Virelles -Nuna [CD] (Pi Recordings)
    Musson/Moore/Brice/Prevost -Under the Sun [CD] (Matchless)
    Thollem -Obstacle Illusion [CD] (Astral Spirits)
    Tern (Philipp Wachsmann/Martin Hakett/Emil Karlsen) -In AIr [CD] (FMR/Bead)
    Action & Tension & Space -Tellus [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)
    Nandor Nevai w/ Tim Dahl/Trevor Dunn -<< The Die Motherfucker >> [CD] (Psykomanteum)
    Reinier van Houdt -Drift Nowhere Past/The Adventure Of Sleep [2 CDs] (elsewhere)
    Quentin Tolimieri -Monochromes [3CDs] (elsewhere)
    Dan Clucas/Kyle Motl/Nathan Hubbard -Daydream and Halting [CD] (FMR)
    Hippie Diktat -Fire On [CD] (Self Released)
    Sun Ra Arkestra & Salah Ragab -Meets Salah Ragab in Egypt [VINYL] (STRUT)
    Forkelid/Carlsson/Hielm -Can't Hide [Vinyl] (FRIM Records)

    June 23, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Udo Schindler / Ove Volquartz - Tales About Exploding Trees And Other Absurdities (FMR) by Massimo Ricci.

    June 21, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Thanos Chrysakis (Jason Alder) - Milieu Interieur (Aural Terrains) by Massimo Ricci.

    June 21, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Trio Xolo -In Flower, In Song [CD] (577 Records)
    Gabby Fluke - Mogul -Love Songs [CD] (Relative Pitch)
    Jessica Pavone -...of Late [CDR] (Astral Spirits)
    Jessica Pavone -...of Late [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)
    Thanos Chrysakis/Jason Alder -Milieu Interieur [CD] (Aural Terrains)
    Hippie Diktat -Black Peplum [VINYL] (BeCoq)
    Richard Comte -Innermap [CD] (Coax)
    Richard Comte -Innermap [VINYL] (Coax)
    The Residents -WARNING: UNiNC.: Live And Experimental Recordings 1971-1972 [VINYL 2 LPs] (CRYPTIC CORPORATION)
    Federico Ughi -ULERS Two [CD] (577 Records)

    June 21, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Ava Mendoza - New Spells (Relative Pitch) by Marc Medwin.

    June 16, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Paul Dunmall/James Owson/Taymotusz Joziwiak -This Time In Beautiful Space [CD] (FMR)
    Rick Countryman/Christian Bucher -Once [CD] (FMR)
    Raymond McDonald/Robert Burke/Paul Grabowsky/Nick Haywood/Antony Floyd -Dangerous Decision [CD] (FMR)
    Udo Schindler/Michel Wintsch -Le Demon de l'analogie [CD] (FMR)
    Lasse Marhaug/Jerome Noetinger -Top [CD] (erstwhile)
    My Hellgren/Peter Soderberg -Plucked and Bowed [CD] (FRIM Records)
    Samuel Rodgers/Richard Scott -Oxygen Room [CD] (Inexhaustible Editions)
    Hydra Ensemble (Almeida/Hitz/Gregov/Zuydervelt) -Voltas [CD] (Inexhaustible Editions)
    Sergio Armaroli/Steve Piccolo/Elliott Sharp -Blue In Mind [CD] (Leo Records)
    Steve Dalachinsky/Federico Ughi -I Thought It Was The End Of The World And Then The End Of The World Happened Again [CD] (577 Records)

    June 15, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Jessica Pavone - When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be Found (Relative Pitch) by Marc Medwin.

    June 14, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Rempis/Baker/Abrams/Ra -SCYLLA [CD] (Aerophonic)
    Ensemble Var (Gustafsson/Lindal/Lindstrom/Nordwall) -VAR [CD] (Confront)
    Fave Tucker/Pierpaolo Martino -Melophobia [CD] (Confront)
    Musicworks -#142 Summer 2022 [MAGAZINE + CD] (Musicworks)
    Domaine Poetique (Jeph Jerman/John Hudak) -Domaine Poetique [BOXSET] (New Forces)
    David Myers Lee -Lustre [CD] (pulsewidth)
    David Bennett/Vilhem Bromander -Within Reach Of Eventuality [CD] (thanatosis produktion)
    Risa Takeda -The Sorcerer's Castle [CD] (Cbzm Records)
    Daniel Carter/Federico Ughi -Extra Room [CD] (577 Records)
    London Jazz Composer's Orchestra -Zurich Concerts [2 CDs] (Intakt)

    June 13, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Udo Schindler & Wilbert De Joode - Participation & Interplay (FMR) by Massimo Ricci.






  • June 8, 2022:

    This week is a bit compressed for me, as I had hoped to find a more regular work schedule after last week's Memorial Day Sale event (much gratitude for the great response to our sale, and the nice comments we received from customers during the sale!) colliding with our usual end of month processing. A regular work schedule it has not been, however, as North Carolina pine boring beetles have a different idea for me, and I'll be out much of the rest of the week attending to tree removal and cleanup. Therefore all publishing this week — store updates and Squid's Ear reviews — are appearing by midweek so that our regular mailing list can go out on time Friday. It's always something...

    That hasn't stopped the fast flow of new releases coming in the door, and Monday morning I activated 23 new albums in our "Just In" section, and completed cataloging for 20 albums already active in our "New Releases" section. As I write this I have completed our mailing lists, Squid's Ear publishing and uploads for the week. (I've also prepared for a 20% used CD sale starting on Friday, so if you're reading this before Friday you may want to peruse that section to get the advantage.) Before leaving I have also completed purchases for five new Another Timbre albums (including restocking the John Cage "Numbers" box), 12 new Creative Sources albums, 11 new and back-catalog Mahakala Music albums, 2 elsewhere and 1 erstwhile release, a number of Astral Spirits albums, the latest Pi Recordings, and the new Rempis / Baker / Abrams / Ra album on Aerophonics. Phew!

    As always, you can ask us to alert you when each album is in stock and ready to ship using our website's upcoming release page.

    Bad Beetle
    Bad Beetle





    Clean Feed April Releases:

    The April drop of 9 new albums on Clean Feed and Shhpuma Records was weighted more heavily towards Portuguese players this time, with 6 of the albums originating from the label's home country. There is no doubt that Portugal is a fertile source of both improvised & jazz music, but also of unusual hybrids and experimental forms of improvised, composed, and experimental forms.

    This was true of the six releases listed below, starting with a lyrical albums frp,, Mazam, which plays with melody in variations of rhythmic approaches through incredible technique and humor (as in the track "Bugbear" or "Stubble"). Bassist & composer Hugo Carvalhais turns in a mesmerizingly beautiful album of electric jazz in an often energetic ECM style, but with his own quirks and idiosyncratic asides. Also firmly in a melodic mode is the album of a recently discovered Bernardo Sassetti Trio concert from 2007, a beautiful reminder of the loss of one of Portugal's great piano trio leaders.

    On the more adventurous side, tuba player Sergio Carolina, known for his work with Sassetti and his own TGB Trio, turns in a tour de force on an instrument of his own design, the lusophone--a standing tuba based on the Jazzophon--which brings the level "Below 0" in a single, extended, haunting and masterfully deep improvisation. One of my favorite from the set is Mane Fernandes' Enter The sQUIGG, blurring the lines between experimental/electronic forms and jazz, in fragments of each through oddly metered and interesting hybrid drawing multiple listens.

    This is not to take away from the three other albums from that release set: The Spanish Liba Villavecchia Trio album Zaidin referencing Thomas Chapin, Ornette Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell & Evan Parker; and the fascinating interpretations of Polish Composers Of The 20th Century from Marek Pospieszalski. Nor the Paris/NY pandemic-influenced collaboration of Flin van Hemmen / Jozef Dumoulin (Too Tall To Sing) on Shhpuma, exchanging sound files of samples, field recordings, percussion, keyboards &c to create compositions of unique sound worlds.



    Mazam (Mortagua / Azevedo / Angelo / Costa): Pilgrimage (Clean Feed)

    Using simple motives to guide remarkably complex and lyric collective improvisations clearly in the jazz tradition, the Portuguese quartet of João Mortágua on alto & soprano saxophones, Carlos Azevedo on piano, Miguel Angelo on double bass and Mário Costa on drums approach their music with concise expression and a clear exuberance for the music they create.



    Hugo Carvalhais (w/ Parisien / Mockunas / Almeida / Pinto / Costa): Ascetica (Clean Feed)

    Beautifully lyrical compositions filled with a sense of wonder and mystery in the 4th Clean Feed release from double bassist and composer Hugo Carvalhais, improvising in a sextet with Emile Parisien on soprano saxophone, Liudas Mockunas on tenor saxophone & clarinet, Fabio Almeida on alto saxophone & flute, Gabriel Pinto on piano & keys and Mario Costa on drums.



    Sergio Carolino: Below 0 (Clean Feed)

    Known from the TGB trio and work with Bernardo Sassetti, Portuguese deep brass player Sergio Carolino turns from his typical tuba for a solo album on a new instrument of his own invention--the lusophone--a standing tuba based on the Jazzophon, a trumpet in the shape of a saxophone, here built from parts of frontal bell tubas and demonstrated in an impressive, extended improvisation.



    Andre B. Silva: Mt. Meru (Clean Feed)

    Known for his The Rite of Trio, guitarist Andre B. Silva releases his 2nd solo album featuring compositions in a chamber jazz mode, including long passages of composed music that open into improvisation, performed with Jose Soares on saxophone, Raquel Reis on cello, Sophie Bernado on basson, Paulo Bernardino on bass clarinet, Andre Carvalho on double bass & Ricardo Coelho on drums & vibes.



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