The Squid's Ear
Recently @ Squidco:

Ken Vandermark / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Resistance (Bocian)

Live recordings from the duo of frequent collaborators Ken Vandermark on sax & reeds and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics performing at Chicago's Heaven Gallery in 2013, for a superb set with surprising twists and turns and a great range of dynamics and approaches. ... Click to View

Ken Vandermark / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Resistance [VINYL] (Bocian)

Live recordings from the duo of frequent collaborators Ken Vandermark on sax & reeds and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics performing at Chicago's Heaven Gallery in 2013, for a superb set with surprising twists and turns and a great range of dynamics and approaches. ... Click to View

Paul Metzger: 1300 [VINYL] (Nero's Neptune)

Unconventional guitarist Paul Metzger in his ninth solo album, and third for Nero's Neptune, performing on a revamped Yamaha guitar guitar and 23-string banjo, both of whcih include percussive elements, for dexterous playing informed by global influences. ... Click to View

Hauf / Heather / Siewert / Weber: The Peeled Eye [VINYL with Download Code] (Shameless)

Ominous free jazz from the quartet of Boris Hauf (baritone sax), Martin Siewert (guitar), Christian Weber (electric bass) and Steve Heather (drums), thick and tremendously informed improv with a rock-tilted ear toward the sonic aspects of their instruments. ... Click to View

Postmarks (Boris Hauf / D Bayne / Martin Siewert): National Parks [Vinyl] (Monotype)

The duo of saxophonist Boris Hauf and pianist D Bayne team up with guitarist Martin Siewert in this collection of tracks inspired by different U.S. national parks and their representation in iconic posters.f ... Click to View

Frank Wright Quartet: Church Number Nine [VINYL] (Calumet)

An obscure and amazing album originally released in 1973 on the French Calumet label from the free improvising quartet of Frank Wright (tenor sax), Noah Howard (alto sax), Mohamed Ali (drums) and Bobby Few (piano), an inspired release under the influence of Coltrane and Ayler. ... Click to View

Shit and Shine: Everybody's a Fuckin Expert [VINYL 2 LPs] (Editions Mego)

Divided into 4 larger segments, Craig Clouse leads the otherwise anonymous Shit and Shine through a strangely aggressive album of free beats and aberrant sound, with one foot in the noise rock of London that it arose from and the other tripping the feet of electro music. ... Click to View

Francisco Lopez : La Selva [VINYL LP & USB CARD] (Sub Rosa)

An immersion into the sound environments of a tropical rain forest in an ultimate mix from original recordings done at La Selva Biological Station during the rainy seasons of '95-96 from sound artist Francisco Lopez, released as a USB memory-card with non-audio etched vinyl. ... Click to View

Robert Piotrowicz / Lukas Jincka: Samoobrona [VINYL] (Bolt)

Helmut Kajzar's play with themes of physicality and death with sound performed with synthesizers and electronics, in it's 4th recording including stage directions in the narrative (in Polish) with an insert provding English translations of a selection of dialog. ... Click to View

Stepmother (Simonis / Visser / Gilonis / Kerman): Calvary Greetings [VINYL] (Megaphone)

Bringing together members from RIO-oriented bands like Vril, AA Kismet, The Work, Hat Shoes, Hail, 5uus, Present, & Thinking Plague, Stepmother presents a strange conglomerate of styles in short songs with twisted elements, strange intent, and superb playing. ... Click to View

Andrew Weathers Ensemble: Fuck Everybody, You Can Do Anything (Full Spectrum)

Experimental improvising in the 3rd studio release from Andrew Weathers and his Ensemble paying homage to America's myriad cultural traditions in sound tapestry and song, completing a trilogy that began in 2011 with "We're Not Cautious". ... Click to View

Enema Syringe: Upshutlenvolte [7-inch Vinyl] (Fragment Factory)

Kai Parviainen's Enema Syringe in a 7" release recorded in 1987, 14+ minutes of raw and primitive staccato electronics edgy with a darkly disordered mental state, a stark testimony to the tenacity of his work, which continues into the 2010s. ... Click to View

The Wire: #380 October 2015 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

The cult of Sun Ra via Hieroglyphic Being, plus Gilles Peterson on his new Sun Ra comp and Art Yard's Peter Dennett; Ernest Berk: Musique Concrete Meets Modern Dance; Collateral Damage: Unsound's Mat Schulz; Epiphanies: Kristin Hersh; Global Ear: Budapest, Hungary. ... Click to View

The Wire: #379 September 2015 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

On the cover: Julia Holter; Blurt; Music With My Insane Friend (Melbourne duo James Wilson and Simon Bereux); Invisible Jukebox: Arnold Dreyblatt; Ramzi; Iain Chambers; Kink Gong; Khyam Allami; Global Ear: Lima; plus live, print and recorded reviews, &c &c. ... Click to View

Devin Gray (w/ Kris Davis / Chris Tordini / Chris Speed): RelativE ResonancE (Skirl)

Excellent NY jazz from drummer/composer Devin Gray's superb quartet with Kris Davis on piano, Chris Speed on reeds, and Chris Tordini on double bass, in 8 compositions that are as enjoyable lyrically as it is following the structures, twists and turns of each piece. ... Click to View

Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined (feat Areni Agbabian): Eat The Air (Skirl)

NY saxophonist Sean Sonderegger's Magically Inclined, made up of musicians that he performed alongside in Butch Morris' ensembles, in an album of melodic works including highly composed music and collective free improvisation, graced with the voice of Areni Agbabian. ... Click to View

Leah Paul: Trenza (Skirl)

Flutist Leah Paul presents two engaging compositions in multiple movements, performed with a chamber ensemble of Chris Speed (reeds), Rob Jost (french horn), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Peter Sachon (cello), Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), Ben Kono (oboe) and Michel Gentile (flute). ... Click to View

Barry Altschul 3dom Factor: Tales Of The Unforseen (Tum)

Sophisticated free improv from percussionist Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor trio of frequent collaborator Joe Fonda on bass and Mostly Other People Do the Killing's saxophonist Jon Irabagon, presenting new compositions plus an Annette Peacock piece and a little Monk. ... Click to View

Milford Graves / Bill Laswell: Space/Time ~ Redemption (Tum)

Five extended improvisations from New York collaborators, legendary drummer and percussionist Milford Graves and bassist Bil Laswell, who have worked together for several years developing a uniquely active yet dream-like, deeply rhythmic sound world. ... Click to View

Olavi Trio (Hauta / Hongisto / Louhivuori): Oh, La Vie! (Tum)

A trio of Finnish free improvisers--Jari Olavi Hongisto on trombone, Teppo Olavi Hauta on double bass, and Niilo Olavi Louhivuori on drums, with all 3 handling percussion, for 12 spontanously composed studio works of open and equalitarian trio improvisation. ... Click to View

Lindsay Cooper / Fred Frith / Gianni Gebbia / Lars Hollmer: Angels On The Edge Of Time (Angelica)

A superb concert recorded in 1992 at the Angelica Festival Internazionale di Musica in Bologna from a quartet of Rock in Opposition luminaries Lindsay Cooper & Fred Frith (Henry Cow), Lars Hollmer (Samla Mamas), and free improvising saxophonist Gianni Gebbia. ... Click to View

Mikko Innanen / William Parker / Andrew Cyrille: Song For A New Decade [2 CDs] (Tum)

A 2-CD release from the impressive trio of Finnish saxophonist Mikko Innanen and legendary US improvisers bassist William Parker, and drummer Andrew Cyrille, presenting one studio disc of Innanen compositions recorded in 2010, and a live CD from IBEAM Brooklyn in 2012. ... Click to View

Albatre: Nagual [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Hailing from Rotterdam's rich underground scene, the trio of Hugo Costa on alto sax, Goncalo Aleida on bass, and Philipp Ernsting on drums, with all 3 doubling on electronics, in a dramatic and energetic album bledning free jazz, improv, metal, and punk music. ... Click to View

Alfredo Monteiro Costa : Um Em Um (Monotype)

An unusual release from the accordion, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, placed microphones in a way to enhance the harmonics and all the particularities of every sound, layering slowly moving tones and their harmonic interaction, allowing unexpected details to emerge. ... Click to View

Dave Phillips / Hiroshi Hasegawa: Insect Apocalypse (Monotype)

A duo from Dave Phillips and Hirsohi Hasegawa, where Phillips' field recordings are filtered and effected by Hasegawa, creating an intense mixture of apocalyptic insect environments and inexplicable sound, slowly unfolding and captivating at high volume. ... Click to View

Rydberg (Werner Dafeldecker / Nicolas Bussmann): Rydberg (Monotype)

Rydberg was a Swedish physicist with a moon crater named after him, here celebrated by the the duo of Nicholas Bussmann (sampler, electronics) and Werner Dafeldecker (function generator, electronics) in an album blending ambient electronics and muted, guiding rhythms. ... Click to View

Peeping Tom (Dorner / Badaroux / Grip / Gerbal): Four Girls (Umlaut Records)

Presenting four of Europe's most active free improvisers, Peeping Tom uses the language of jazz--bop, free, swing--alongside modern improvisational approaches and unusual/extended techniques to make sophisticated yet accessible music that surprises and captivates. ... Click to View

Chris Dingman: The Subliminal and the Sublime (Inner Artist)

A sublime five-part suite commissioned by Chamber Music America, performed by Loren Stillman (sax), Fabian Almazan (piano), Ryan Ferreira (guitar), Linda Oh (bass), and Justin Brown drums), exploring the subliminal patterns hidden below apparent reality. ... Click to View

Astrid: The West Lighthouse Is Not So Far (Monotype)

The French Astrid quartet in their 4th album, where the titles of pieces are based on lighthouses' names, the band creating impressively ambient soundscapes filled with rich detail and lush, languid orchestration of guitar, violin, reeds, synths, harmoniums, &c. ... Click to View

Eugene Chadbourne : The 13 Society (Chadula)

A great collection of original Doc Chad songs and cover versions, including songs by Yusef Islam, Lowell George, Country Joe McDonald, Marty Balin, Terry Kirkman, and Don Van Vliet, performed solo and on guitar, banjo, dobro, turntables & cassettes, with Rogier Smal on drums. ... Click to View


The Squid's Ear
Squidco Sales

Heard In

Reviews of artist releases:
cd's, books, magazines, &c.

  Eugene Chadbourne/René Lussier-L'oasis
Satoko Fuji/Tatsuya Yoshida-Toh-Kichi 


   review by Kurt Gottschalk
Eugene Chadbourne/René Lussier-<I>L'oasis</I><br>Satoko Fuji/Tatsuya Yoshida-<I>Toh-Kichi</I>:  (Victo)

The history of entertainment sits squarely on the four shoulders of the duo. George and Ira, Laurel and Hardy, Lennon and McCartney (not to mention McCartney and Lennon): Great music, like great comedy, often benefits from dialogue.

At the 2002 Victoriaville festival, two great duos raised the bar in avant improv musical comedy, four great musicians who have done impressive work in very different styles but with the knowledge that making an audience laugh doesn't necessarily water down the performance.

When Eugene Chadbourne and René Lussier took the stage, they promptly established that they would be mining the annals of Americana (above and below the Great Lakes). With Chadbourne on banjo and Lussier, seated, stomping in rhythm while playing his acoustic guitar, the pair looked the part of an old-time duo.

The concert, and the cd (which combines that and an earlier concert by the two) opens with a brisk traditional jig, "Buckdancer's Choice," that was as refreshing in the midst of a festival of laptops and prepared instruments as it is maddeningly catchy on disc (I actually do wake up going "dee-DEET dee-DEET-DEET deet-deet-DEET" now). The concert continued in hoedown vein with a great tale of Canadian heroism (albeit written by Texan Doug Sahm), a couple of workouts from Texas Playboy Leon McAuliffe and some improvs and traditional songs, viewed of course through the twisted lens of Chad and Lussier. Chadbourne has always had a healthy dose of humor in his work (one of his early country ventures was titled LSDC&W) and Lussier sounds like he's having as much fun here as he did in Les Granules, his great duo with saxophonist Jean Derome.

For release, the set was smartly interspersed with cuts from a concert four years earlier at Instant Cháivrés Paris, which sounds to havebeen a much noisier affair. The intercutting makes for a more diverse listen, although the full Victo set would have been equally welcome.

Lussier and Chadbourne are a natural together. So are jazz pianist/composer/bandleader Satoko Fuji and punkprog drum dynamo Tatsuya Yoshida, although how anyone (themselves included) ever realized it is beyond comprehension. Along with William Parker, Fuji is on of the few who really pushed big band jazz in the '90s, and her trio with Jim Black and Mark Dresser is consistently great.

In the last few years, Fuji's work has veered away from the edge and toward the pastoral, so news from the east that she was playing in a quartet with Yoshida perplexed the western world (or a few dozen people within it) for a year before their disappointing release Vulcan. In Quebec in May, however, they met at all levels, playing compelling jazz and incorporating Yoshida's manic, rhythmic world of high-speed riffs and Magma-inspired vocals. Yoshida, surprisingly, doesn't overwhelm for the nice stuff, and when Fuji is called upon to scream nonsense syllables or play a tango while Yoshida keeps time with his jacket zipper, she's fully immersed in the task.

The set, and the resulting record, came off like a suite and carried the amazing oomph of Yoshida at his best, never quite answering the baffling question at its core ("Did someone write something this whacked, or are they really improvising that fast?"). Toh-Kichi is as good as either has done before, which is saying something.

Frank Zappa once asked if humor belongs in music. The questions is better asked, frankly, by someone who's actually funny. These two releases show that laughter doesn't preclude tapping feet and nodding heads.

Comments and Feedback:

The Squid's Ear presents
reviews about releases
sold at
written by
independent writers.


The Squid's Ear is the companion magazine to the online music shop Squidco !

  Copyright © 2014 Squidco. All rights reserved. Trademarks. (2213)