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Harris Eisenstadt (w/ Wooley / Hawkins / Niggenkemper): Canada Day Quartet Live (Clean Feed)

While staying in the village Poschiavo in Switzerland at the Uncool Artist Residency program with his wife and son, drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt composed more than 50 single-line, three-system unison compositions and multi-voice tunes, flexible to be arranged for any size group, as heard in this all-star quartet configuration of his Canada Day ensemble. ... Click to View


Eve Risser: Apres Un Reve (Clean Feed)

A remarkably varied and unique approach to prepared piano that French pianist Eve Risser refers to as "piano droit", heard in her performance at FGO Barbara, in Paris on an upright piano, chosen for its specific mechanical qualities that allow Risser to generate a surprising amount of rhythmic variety, as she performs a single work mixing composed and improvised elements. ... Click to View


Zack Clarke Trio (w/ Kim / Cass / Dre Hocevar): Vertical Shores (Clean Feed)

A lyrical album of original compositions from New York pianist Zack Clarke, in an acoustic jazz piano trio with double bassist Kim Cass and drummer Dre Hocevar, recording in the Systems Two studio in Brooklyn for nine pieces of both optimistic and mercurial temperament, a great example mixing virtuosic form and perceptive communication in a classic configuration. ... Click to View


Arthurs / Khroustaliov / Sartorious: Hangkerum (Clean Feed)

An album of alien soundscape and un-anticipatable rhythm with seductive brass sonority floating above, from the Swiss trio of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov on electronics, and Julian Sartorious on drums & percussion, contrasting complex and strangely aberrant sonic and rhythmic environments with lyrically virtuosic trumpet work. ... Click to View


Joao Lencastre's Communion 3 (w/ Sacks / Opsvik): Song(s) Of Hope (Clean Feed)

The 2nd release on Clean Feed by drummer Joao Lencastre's Communion, a shape-shift ensemble here configured with 2 New York improvisers from Lencastre's associations over 15 years in NYC--pianist Jakob Sacks and bassist Eivind Opsvik--for 10 studio recordings which includes the 4-part "Magnetic Frequency", blurring lyrical avant jazz and chamber forms; beautiful. ... Click to View


Gabriel Ferrandini (w/ Faustino / Sousa): Volupias [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Turning to one third of his more familiar Red Trio setting, percussionist/drummer Gabriel Ferrandini enlists bassist Hernani Faustino and tenor saxophonist Pedro Sousa (Sousa/Berthling/Ferrandini, PeterGabriel Duo) to perform 9 Ferrandini compositions named after streets in Lisbon leading from Ferrandini's house to his studio and then to ZDB. ... Click to View


Oddly Imploded (Gregoretti / Argenziano): They Just Sit About (Shhpuma)

Italian sonic explorer Francesco Gregoretti uses his drumkit like a lead instrument, amplifying and modifying its sound through effects, as he pursues his varied "Imploded" bands (Strongly Imploded, Grizzly Imploded) fueled by the mathematics of Chaos Theory, here with guitarist Maurizio Argenziano in an album of dense sound, from near-minimal to highly interactive. ... Click to View


Spirit in Spirit (Lencastre / Van der Weide / Govaert): Live at Zaal 100 (FMR)

A free jazz project from the trio of Portuguese alto saxophonist Jose Lencastre, French double bassist Raoul Van der Weide, and Dutch drummer Onno Govaert, performing at Amsterdam's Zaal 100 in 2018 for a concert of collective improvisation, intelligent discourse of coherently creative progressions and energetic but never overblown playing; exemplary. ... Click to View


Threnody (Berthling / Kuchen / Noble): A Paradigm Of Suspicion (Trost Records)

Previously a trio under their own names releasing the album "Threnody", the grouping of saxophonist Martin Kuchen (Angles), Johan Bertling (Fire!, Angles) and Steve Noble (St. Francis Duo, SFQ) now take the name Threnody as they burn through four extended improvisations of quickly shifting rhythm, dynamic and intensity; a remarkably passionate album. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel with Henry Grimes / Michael Marcus: Duology [VINYL] (Ujamaa Records)

Legendary New York trumpeter Ted Daniel, whose skills were honed in the 70s Loft Scene, in his 4th Duology album with the trio of Michael Marcus on clarinets and Henry Grimes on bass and violin, the leader also performing on French hunting horn, an album of varied mood and intensity that sits firmly in the free jazz legacy of daring harmonies and melodies. ... Click to View


Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units: Virtual Particles [2 CDS] (Evil Clown)

An octet version of the Boston improvising ensemble Leap of faith Orchestra, in a 3-part work using composer and multi-reedist, multi-instrumentalist David Pecks' timed segments, guiding the musicians through the piece while keeping the performance exuberantly controlled and intensely focused, while finding unusual paths for creative statement. ... Click to View


Brotzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink: Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule 2018 (Trost Records)

50 years after saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's Octet recorded the legendary "Machine Gun" album, the trio of Berlin pianist, composer Alexander von Schlippenbach and Dutch percussionist Han Bennink commemorated the album at Lila Eule in Bremen, the concert heard here so successful that the trio decided to release the album and continue on as a working trio. ... Click to View


Kodian Trio: III (Trost Records)

Recorded during their 2018 European tour, the 3rd album from the Kodian Trio of Andrew Lisle on drums, Dirk Serries on guitar, and Colin Webster on alto saxophone, is influenced by their active traveling and performing, evoking those experiences in inventive free jazz with experimental intention, from the boisterously energetic to introspectively reflective. ... Click to View


Keiji Haino / Sumac: Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" [VINYL 2 LPs] (Trost Records)

The second collaboration between the American avant-metal rock trio Sumac of guitarist Aaron Turner, drummer Nick Yacyshyn and bassist Brian Cook and Japanese legendary guitarist and vocalist Keiji Haino finds the quartet settling down from their first blast of an album, here slowly building their heavy feedback-drenched, ponderous and epic music. ... Click to View


Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims... (Black Truffle)

The ninth album from the enduring trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in 2015 at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe, with both Ambarchi and O'Rourke performing on drums and percussion, O'Rourke also using a Hammond Organ and Ambarchi on flute, while Haino asserts himself on guitar, electronics and voice, in 2 groove-based pieces and 2 side-long epics. ... Click to View


Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark: Kozmik Bazaar [VINYL] (KARLRECORDS)

In November 2018, the groove-oriented Turkish electric improvising quartet Konstrukt of saxophonist & electronic artist Korhan Futaci, guitarist Umut Caglar, double bassist Apostolos Sideris, and drummer Berkan Tilavel, met with Chicago multi-reedist Ken Vandermark in Instanbul, recording these improvisation, a mix of muscular playing and psychedelic interaction. ... Click to View


Max Eastley / Fergus Kelly / Mark Wastell: The Map Is Not The Territory (Confront)

The 8th release on Confront's Core series of factory-pressed CDs brings together iprovisers Max Eastley, Fergus Kelly and Mark Wastell, employing electroacoustic devices, invented instruments, metal percussion, a piano frame and tam tam to create a rich and mysterious sound world, darkly hopeful emanations in a nighttime traversal across unknown lands. ... Click to View


Chris Burn / Philip Thomas: as if as (Confront)

Contemporary composer, improviser and pianist Chris Burn in 4 lively, playful and fasciatingly structured works, as heard in Philip Thomas's renderings: "as if as"; "only the snow"; a transcription of Derek Bailey's "from ten, two, and three" in 6 parts; "pressings and screening" in 4 parts; and "the sky a silver dissonance" with Kate Ledger as a 2nd pianist. ... Click to View


Bill Orcutt: Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)

After his recent work interpreting the American Songbook, guitarist Bill Orcutt returns to his own compositions in an album cleanly recorded through a Fender Twin in Orcutt's living room, with three pieces multi-tracked, the rest simply pure Orcutt, reflecting beautiful blues-tinged lyricism, jarring interwining of notes, and impressive passages of superb virtuosity. ... Click to View


Bill Orcutt: Odds Against Tomorrow [VINYL] (Palilalia)

After his recent work interpreting the American Songbook, guitarist Bill Orcutt returns to his own compositions in an album cleanly recorded through a Fender Twin in Orcutt's living room, with three pieces multi-tracked, the rest simply pure Orcutt, reflecting beautiful blues-tinged lyricism, jarring interwining of notes, and impressive passages of superb virtuosity. ... Click to View


Maja Ratkje S.K.: Sult [VINYL _ CD] (Rune Grammofon)

Starting with a pipe organ, adding metal tubes, PVC tubes, a wind machine, guitar strings, a bass string, a resin thread, metal and glass percussion, and a bow, Maja SK Ratjke developed this unusual instrument for a live performance in Jo Stromgren's ballet "Sult" ("Hunger"), taking the instrument to the studio for this extraordinarily interesting album of keys and song. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman (Philip Thomas): Piano [5 CD BOX SET] (Another Timbre)

Containing the majority of minimalist composer Morton Feldman's compositions for solo piano, 3 CDs of short works and 2 for the magnificent "For Bunita Marcus" and "Triadic Memories", performed by one of the foremost interpreters of Feldman's work, Philip Thomas, and presented in a sturdy 5-CD box set with a 52 page booklet of notes from the performer and artwork. ... Click to View


Denzler / Grip / Johansson: Zyklus 1 [2 CDs] (Umlaut Records / SAJ)

Exploring new ways of interplay within a classic jazz trio setting, "Zyklus 1" or "Cycle 1" is the 3rd album from the trio of Bertrand Denzler on tenor saxophone, Joel Grip on double bass, and Sven on Ake Johansson on drums, a double CD + poster of four improvisations that reference "Time" through masterful technique and superb collective free jazz. ... Click to View


Berman / Lytton / Roebke: Trio Discrepancies [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

The 2nd release from the trio of Chicago cornetist Josh Berman, UK drummer/percussionist Paul Lytton and Chicago bassist Jason Roebke, featuring material recorded during the trio's April 2018 European tour, in two extended side-long improvisations from Padova, Italy and Trondheim, Norway, in sets of profound technique and creative prowess; exceptional. ... Click to View


Percy Pursglove / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders / John Etheridge: Deps (FMR)

A smoking session recorded at Bristol Fringe Club, UK in 2019 from the quartet of frequent collaborators Percy Pursglove on bass & trumpet, Mark Sanders on drums, and Paul Dunmall on soprano & tenor saxophones and alto flute, and on this concert John Etheridge (Soft Machine, Zappatistas) on electric guitar, adding great technical skill and intensity to this exceptional concert. ... Click to View


Dunmall / Swell / Owston / Sanders: So Perhaps (FMR)

British saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American trombonist Steve Swell in a quartet with master drummer Mark Sanders and emerging UK bassist James Owston took the stage at Jubilee Center Birmingham, UK in 2019 for this dynamic album of collective improvisation, in a staggering concert of powerful technique and upbeat, ultimately swinging free jazz. ... Click to View


Philipp Wachsmann / Trevor Taylor / Paul Medley / Matthew Hutchinson : Old Dreams New Horizons (FMR)

Quartet, trio and duo sessions between Paul Medley on alto saxophone & bass clarinet, Trevor Taylor on percussion & electronics, Matthew Hutchinson on piano, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics; improv and ea-improv that uses space and patient pacing, merging approaches from Circuit Electro-Acoustic Ensemble with an overall acoustic chamber feel--beautiful. ... Click to View


Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein: Broken Fall (VINYL) (577)

Pulling inspiration from disparate influences such as early liturgical music, Ornette Coleman, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Milford Graves, and composers Morton Feldman and Lou Harrison, Kid Millions and Sarah Bernstein create a cyclical form of spontaneous thematic music through powerful electronics, wild vocalizations, and unrelenting drum textures. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel: Solo At Abbrazia San Zeno, Pisa, Italy (Ujamaa Records)

Recorded during the Jazz Festival in Pisa, Italy while trumpeter Ted Daniel was touring through Europe, good fortune making an opportunity for Daniel to present his first fully spontaneous solo performance, captured at Abbrazia San Zeno and dedicated to his father, where Daniel plays with authenticity, relaxed warmth, impressive technique and spiritual creativity. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel Trio: "The Loft Years", Volume One (Ujamaa Records)

Free Jazz in the mid-70s in New York City was guided by The Loft movement of artist-run venues throughout the city, the perfect environment for trumpeter Ted Daniel to develop his approach to the extended improvisations heard here, recorded in the studio with his trio of Tatsuya Nakamura on drums & percussion and Richard Pierce on bass, Daniel playing flugelhorn & French horn. ... Click to View

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Marion Brown
Capricorn Moon To Juba Lee (remastered)
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Merging and remastering two essential albums from free jazz saxophonist Marion Brown: his 1966 ESP album "Marion Brown Quartet" with trumpeter Alan Shorter, bassist Reggie Johnson and percussionist Rahied Ali; and his 1967 Fontana album "Juba-Lee" in a septet with Reggie Johnson, drummer Beaver Harris, pianist Dave Burrell, trombonist Grachan Moncur III & saxophonist Bennie Maupin.


Albert Ayler Quartets
Spirits To Ghosts (remastered)
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Three variations of quartet settings from iconoclastic free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, remastering and combining two Debut Records albums, "Spirits" from 1964 with Norman Howard (trumpet), Sunny Murray (drums), and alternating bass between Henry Grimes & Earle Henderson; and 1965's "Ghosts" on Debut Records with Don Cherry (trumpet), Gary Peacock (bass), and Sunny Murray.


Matthew Shipp
Invisible Light, Live Sao Paulo
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Captured live at the 2016 Jazz at the Factory Festival in Sao Paulo, this addition to New York pianist Matthew Shipp's catalog finds the masterful player presenting his own compositions like "Symbol Systems", "Gamma Ray" or "Invisible" light alongside unique takes on "Angel Eyes", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Yesterdays" and "Summertime".


Richard Pinhas / Tatsuya Yoshida
Ascension
(Magaibutsu Limited)

The collaboration between Magaibutsu label leader, Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Korekyojinn, Koenji, The World Heritage, &c) on drums, keyboards & voice, and Heldon mastermind Richard Pinhas on guitar & effects, continues with this CD of live material from their 2014 Japanese tour, extending the 2015 "Live in Japan" album, including the 8-part "Ascension".


NYUK (Nasuno / Yoshida / Uchihashi / Nasuki)
NYUK
(Magaibutsu)

An extension of the Korekyojinn band of Nasuno Mitsuru, Yoshida Tatsuya, and Kido Natsuki, by adding guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa (Altered States, Ground Zero, Innocent Records), for eight intense improvisations recorded at Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo in 2013, a startling album of jaw-dropping polyrhythmic, avant rock interaction and intention; spectacular.


Marco von Orelli / Tommy Meier / Luca Sisera / Sheldon Suter
Lotus Crash
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Trumpeter Marco von Orelli's piano-less quartet with Tommy Meier on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Luca Sisera on double bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums is caught live at Theater am Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2018, and at Boudoir au Revoir, the same year, performing von Orelli's compellingly clever compositions, plus one each from Adam lane and Tommy Meier.


Rob Mazurek
Desert Encrypts Vol. 1
(Astral Spirits)

The third volume in trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Marfa Trilogy, inspired by the desert surroundings of Marfa, TX where Mazurek held his first Desert Encrypts Festival, this album captured live with the superb quartet of Kris Davis on piano, Chad Taylor on drums, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass, for 6 passionate and compelling works of modern jazz.


Joe McPhee / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel
A Night In Alchemia
(Not Two)

The working trio of New York trumpeter & saxophonist Joe McPhee, London double bassist John Edwards, and German drummer Klaus Kugel, actively touring through Europe since 2017, are heard live at Alchemia in Krakow, Poland in 2018, for four monumental examples of free improvisation in superlative playing with intense rhythmic interaction and deeply expressive soloing.


Joe Morris / Evan Parker
The Village
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Two innovators and masters of free improvisation meet in New York City's Greenwich House--NY guitarist Joe Morris and London saxophonist Evan Parker on soprano and tenor--to record these two extended improvisations of rapid parallel and intertwining dialog, both taking a non-frenetic approach to intensely virtuosic skill on their instrument; fascinating.


Jimmy Giuffre 3 (w / Bley / Swallow)
Graz Live 1961
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

After introducing his new trio with pianist Paul Bley and double bassist Steve Swallow in two 1961 albums on Verve, clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre embarked on a tour of Europe, this recently discovered, well-recorded concert in Graf, Austria the perfect example of his unique concepts yielding intensely focused, harmonically challenging, rhythmically abstract, and exquisite chamber jazz.


Russ Lossing Trio
Ways
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

An essential part of the New York jazz scene since the mid-80s, pianist Russ Lossing's compositions employ concept and space in unique and personal ways, as heard in these 8 original works performed with his trio of long-time collaborators, double bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Billy Mintz, for an album of highly evolved and lyrically sophisticated music.


Anthony Braxton
Dortmund (Quartet) 1976
(Hatology)

An essential album in Braxton's catalog, this 1976 recording at the Jazzfestival "Jazz Life" in Dortmund, German with the superb quartet of Dave Holland on bass, Barry Altschul on drums & percussion, and George Lewis on trombone, in an album of post-bop avant modern jazz performing five Braxton numbered compositions; challengingly brilliant and exhilarating!


Misha Mengelberg
Two Days In Chicago [2 CDs]
(Hatology)

In 1998 European legendary free improvising pianist Misha Mengelberg spent two days in Chicago, recording in the studio and then live at The Velvet Lounge in a variety of settings of collective free playing and covering Monk tunes, with the support of Ken Vandermark, Fred Anderson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, Ab BAars, Wilbert de Joode, &c.


Evan Parker / Lotte Anker / Torben Snekkestad
Inference
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Three saxophonists -- Evan Parker, Lotte Anker, and Torben Snekkestad -- all on soprano sax plus Anker on tenor and Snekkestad on trumpet, in a primarily reed trio performing live in in Copenhagen, Denmark at KoncertKirken Blagards Plads, in two highly interactive improvisations that explore harmonic interaction, interference, and tonal intersections; fascinating!


Denzler / Grip / Johansson
Zyklus 1 [2 CDs]
(Umlaut Records / SAJ)

Exploring new ways of interplay within a classic jazz trio setting, "Zyklus 1" or "Cycle 1" is the 3rd album from the trio of Bertrand Denzler on tenor saxophone, Joel Grip on double bass, and Sven on Ake Johansson on drums, a double CD + poster of four improvisations that reference "Time" through masterful technique and superb collective free jazz.


Dunmall / Swell / Owston / Sanders
So Perhaps
(FMR)

British saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American trombonist Steve Swell in a quartet with master drummer Mark Sanders and emerging UK bassist James Owston took the stage at Jubilee Center Birmingham, UK in 2019 for this dynamic album of collective improvisation, in a staggering concert of powerful technique and upbeat, ultimately swinging free jazz.


Keith Tippett
The Unlonely Raindancer
(Discus)

Mujician pianist Keith Tippetts embarked on his first solo tour in 1979, capturing these concert recordings that were originally released in 1980 on vinyl on the Universe Label; long out of print, Discus has revived these extraordinary recordings, showing the incredible technical abilities, endurance, and quick-witted creative powers of this legendary improviser.


Morton Feldman (Philip Thomas)
Piano [5 CD BOX SET]
(Another Timbre)

Containing the majority of minimalist composer Morton Feldman's compositions for solo piano, 3 CDs of short works and 2 for the magnificent "For Bunita Marcus" and "Triadic Memories", performed by one of the foremost interpreters of Feldman's work, Philip Thomas, and presented in a sturdy 5-CD box set with a 52 page booklet of notes from the performer and artwork.


Matthew Shipp / Mark Helias / Gordon Grdina
Skin and Bones
(Not Two)

Recording two days after their concert in British Columbia, BC at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art's Skin And Bones Music Series, the trio of pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Gordon Grdina and bassist Mark Helias captured these collective improvisations at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver BC, titling their album after their well-received concert.


Jeb Bishop Flex Quartet
Re-Collect
(Not Two)

A set of Jeb Bishop compositions performed at The Hungry Brain in Chicago, from the inventively lyrical quartet of Jeb Bishop (trombone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), Frank Rosaly (drums), and Jason Roebke (bass), performing music written for this same quartet at the invitation of Ken Vandermark for the Okka Festival 7 in Milwaukee; optimistic and joyful modern jazz!


Ken Vandermark (w/ Lytton / Mori / Davis / Parker / Drake)
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 [5-CD BOX]
(Audiographic Records)

A limited box set collecting duo recordings featuring Ken Vandermark in collaboration with internationally and acclaimed musicians -- Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Paul Lytton, Ikue Mori, and William Parker -- documented on 5 CDs that were recorded during performances at Vandermark's 2nd Stone residency in NYC, January 2018, and at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.


Horace Tapscott w/ the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Great Voice Of Ugmaa
Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998
(Dark Tree Records)

Formed in 1961 with the goal of preserving, developing and performing African-American music, pianist Horace Tapscott is heard in this well-recorded concert from 1998, his last public performance, at LACMA in Los Angeles with a 20 piece orchestra including sax, trombone, a 12 member chorus, three bassists, and 3 percussionists; a significant addition to Tapscott's catalog.


Jeb Bishop / Alex Ward / Weasel Walter
Flayed
(ugEXPLODE)

An assertive album of free improv bringing together players from New York (drummer Weasel Walters), London (clarinetist & electric guitarist Alex Ward), and Chicago (trombonist Jeb Bishop), their previous shared projects and cross-genre intentions in rock, hardcore jazz and other experimental forms leading to this wonderfully quirky and masterful album of excoriating free jazz.


Somersaults (Olie Brice / Tobias Delius / Mark Sanders)
Numerology of Birdsong
(West Hill Records)

Having supported Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Mikolaj Trzaska, Ken Vandermark, &c., the UK rhythm section of Olie Brice on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums joined forces for their own Somersaults trio with tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius (ICP), this second album an example of their buoyant, optimistically playful and melodically charged free improvisation.


Susan Alcorn / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark
Invitation To A Dream [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

An excellent album of informed free improvisation in the debut of this masterful trio of legendary musicians spread across the US--Joe McPhee on soprano sax & pocket trumpet [NY], Ken Vandermark on tenor sax & clarinet [Chicago], and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar [Texas], a profound album from assertive to introspective playing in seven captivating collective improvisations.



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• "I have just received an unsubscribe notice, but I did not intentionally unsubscribe from your mailing list. Just wanted to let you know I still love you (and will place an order shortly)."-M.P.D., September 7, 2018

• "Exemplary service: CDs arrived very fast and in new/sealed condition. Highly recommend!"-J.G., August 20, 2018

• "25 Stars every time!! My Number 1 choice!!"-R.A.H., August 20, 2018

• "Prompt fulfillment, and nicely packaged, too. Now that I know about this more esoteric "record shop", shopping for tunes will be a joy."-B.J., August 14, 2018

• "Awesome place to shop! Shipped within the week domestically. Will place another order next paycheck. "-B.S., August 9, 2018

• "Highly recommended seller, items as described, ultra fast service with great attention with the package, very friendly and a pleasure to deal with, many thanks! Will come back!"-M.V., July 30, 2018

• "Top seller. Item as described, fast response, excellent packaging."-C.S., July 22, 2018

• "Fast, great communication. Would purchase from Squidco again."-B.H., July 17, 2018

• "Recommended seller. Prompt and professional service, item=description, and packaged for safe shipping. Much appreciated."-T.R., July 3, 2018

• "Alles bestens, danke!"-D.J., July 2, 2018

• "The CD arrived much faster than I expected and in perfect condition. I'm very pleased with the service provided."-T.H., June 29, 2018

• "First purchase from this seller. Very happy with the process. Item arrived safely. Packaging was excellent and very strong. Item was as described and seller provided great communication."-I.E., May 31, 2018

• "Just want to say thanks for the prompt shipping and speedy delivery to Australia of my order, great work."-R.C., May 31, 2018

• "Extremely helpful seller, and very nice to do business with. Recommended!"-L.H., May 30, 2018

• "All went well. Speedy shipping and very well packed. Highly Recommended !!!!!"-A.C., May 18, 2018

• "Professional service from an excellent seller. Items=description and shipped in robust packaging for safe delivery. Much appreciated."-T.R., May 16, 2018

• "I appriciate your quick and polite response."-Y.M., May 13, 2018

• "Excellent seller ! with good products and a nice communication ! All good ! thank you very much !"-J.G., May 3, 2018

• "Always quick shipping. Comprehensive catalogue."-G.B., April 26, 2018

• "Item arrived quickly and well packed. I will definitely buy from this seller again. thanks!"-E.C., April 13, 2018

• "Excellent service - item received promptly and exactly as described! I’d definitely buy from this seller again."-D.F., March 28, 2018

• "Excellent. Well prepared for shipping. As described. Superb five star seller."-D.B., March 23, 2018

• "Swift service and very well packaged!! Many thanks!! :-)"-S.P., March 18, 2018

• "Always a great experience buying from SquidCo :)"-J.A., March 12, 2018

• "Excellent! Thanks Squidward! "-M.S., February 27, 2018

• "Amazing value shipped the day after I ordered this top-rated CD as listed in the Penguin guide to jazz CDs. It arrived in two days, beautifully wrapped, a 30-year-old classic, a timeless piece of free jazz sold by people who love the avant garde [...]"-G.F., February 19, 2018

• "Very quick response and service, and very polite! The record was well-packaged and arrived in great condition."-L.S., February 16, 2018

• "Also, congratulations on the 15th anniversary. I've been a customer for years now, though not as frequently as I'd like. Your store is really an oasis."-N.O., January 23, 2018

• "Item in great shape as advertised. careful packing and speedy dispatch. would order from Squidco again in a snap."-D.A., December 29, 2017

• "Perfect in all respects - great price, lower shipping charges to Canada than most US sellers, arrived unscathed within one week. Thanks."-S.K., December 26, 2017

• "The CD arrived promptly and in the condition specified. Squidco has a great collection of experimental music, many thanks."-H.R., December 20, 2017

• "GroOoOoOvVvVvVyYyYyYyYyYyYYYyy!!!!!!"-A.G.T., December 15, 2017

• "Excellent communication, item came exactly as described, speed and packaging top notch! Thanks!!!!!!!"-M.H., December 12, 2017

• "Mighty mollusk and champion cephalopod! Thanks for another smooth, high quality transaction."-T.R., December 10, 2017

• "Highly recommended seller. Friendly communication, sturdy packaging, item exactly as described."-P.J., December 6, 2017

• "Duck daddy-o, why blow clams at Paramecium music, when you can lose frogskin with Squidco!"-S.G., November 16, 2017

• "I'm glad that there's a place in the U.S. stocks this kind of music. Great website, by the way, endlessly informative. It's obvious you enjoy and are engaged with what you do."-R.P., November 15, 2017

• "Excellent seller. Fast and careful shipping."-R.O., November 10, 2017

• "Again a prompt delivery in v good condition. All questions answered. Excellent service: thanks!"-S.C., November 7, 2017

• "Just to let you know that my order arrived today in perfect condition...very well packaged...thanks so much for the items!"-B.Z., October 27, 2017

• "Great communication, CD as described, immediate shipping. Thanks"-M.L., October 21, 2017

• "excellent transaction, courteous response. highly recommended. Thank you!!!"-K.I., October 4, 2017

• "Outstanding service! My CD arrived earlier than expected, and was shipped in an ultra secure package! SquidCo is a top class company! Thank you so much!"-K.D., September 25, 2017

• "2000% Great! A++++++++++++ / Thanks!"-J.W., September 19, 2017

• "Great scarce cd. Packed safe and arrived lightning fast. I would definite do more business with squidco - and you gotta love that name!"-G.S., September 15, 2017

• "Bomb-proof packaging, quickly billed and delivered, and in great shape. All positive. "-M.J., August 3, 2017

• "These are THE pros... Fast, fair, and perfect condition... Oh, and did I mention fast?!"-R.W., July 7, 2017

• "Another perfect transaction. Always a pleasure dealing with the Squid"-S.P.S., June 30, 2017

• "As always, the order was shipped promptly and all items were in mint condition as specified. It's such a pleasure doing business with this seller."-T.F., June 6, 2017

• "Wonderfully quick service, with a large and quirky inventory!"-J.L., May 27, 2017

• "As always with Squidco, great selection, good prices, instantaneous shipping--everything a buyer should expect from a great seller."-T.M., May 4, 2017

• "Your package arrived safely. Thank you for the careful packing!"-M.W., May 3, 2017

• "100% positive experience.....super package...!"-J.P.G., April 20, 2017

• "Shipped the same day as order was placed. Extremely professional. I will be ordering again! Thanks!"-J.N., April 12, 2017

• "Very reliable seller. Great distributor of avantgarde music. Keep up the good work!"-T.M., March 24, 2017

• [On receiving reward points] "Thanks. A nice surprise! Squidco does a great job and offers some interesting music, so thanks."-D.K., March 20, 2017

• "Item in perfect shape, exactly as described by the seller, and it was shipped quickly, arriving ahead of the estimated delivery dates. Great service overall from a vendor I am always happy to be a repeat customer of. Thanks Much!!"-M.C.S., March 6, 2017

• "You guys are so fast! Top marks, again."-S.O, February 28, 2017

• "What I ordered was promptly delivered, safely wrapped, and I'm enjoying the music. Thanks for your vigilance."-G.Y, February 18, 2017

• "Very good seller,responds to messages very quick and clear with explanation and a good adviser for shipping of which I am happy with."-S.M, February 15, 2017

• "CD showed up quick & in perfect condition. Second time I've purchased from this seller. Absolutely recommend. "-S.C.S., February 5, 2017

• "Item as described, quickly shipped and very well packaged. Excellent experience with this seller."-T.F., January 19, 2017

• "As always, Squidco delivers promptly and with excellent merchandise."-R.S.W., January 12, 2017

• "Got this [Borbetomagus LP] and ''torturing the saxophone'' on the same day. My ears have been totally cleansed! Thank you!"-M.S., December 29, 2016

• "The CD arrived earlier than anticipated and was in perfect condition. I would definitely buy from Squidco again. In addition, the purchase prompted my checking out their very interesting & informative website."-W.M.N., December 28, 2016

• "Excellent! Professional service and very speedy order preparation. Item was pristine and exactly as described. Fantastic price. Highly recommended."-W.G., December 18, 2016

• "very very fast delivery...they even beat Amazon by a couple days....would use again... "-R.J.Y., December 10, 2016

• "Well, that was quick! Thanks for the fast service!. "-D.B., December 1, 2016

• "Quick dispatch and delivery to the UK. CD in excellent condition, as described by the seller. "-Mrs. F-N., December 1, 2016

• "Another excellent transaction. Squidco is just the best; tracking, fast processing, expertly-curated selection of music. What I'm thankful for. "-C. G., November 24, 2016

• "Sparkling new CD (just as described), great price and fast delivery! Always liked squids -- glad to see they've organized."-J.S.J., November 25, 2016

• "I would just like to say that my orders arrived promptly and safely (well packaged). Of course, the music is superb."-J.C.G., November 24, 2016

• "Everything was excellent! Great packaging, fast shipping. Items exactly as described. Thank you!"-G.R., November 21, 2016

• "Great item! Great price! Superfast shipping!"-S.K., October 27, 2016

• "Great seller and service,brilliant!"-T.K., October 10, 2016

• "Squidco is truly a great CD store. Thanks Phil and staff!"-B.Z., October 10, 2016

• "Quick dispatch and delivery to the UK. A used CD in excellent condition."-M.F., September 27, 2016

• "EXCELLENCE....Super fast..Super perfect....♫♫."-G.K., September 21, 2016

• "CD was impeccably packed, shipped immediately & arrived exactly as described. Always a pleasure to do business with this excellent seller!"-S.D., August 16, 2016

• "Item arrived SUPER quickly, packaged very well, and was as described. Consummate pros in the music sales biz, would recommend to any/every one! A+ transaction...."-N.Z., August 15, 2016

• "While I have your attention, I just want to say you guys are the best! I've bought a lot of music from you that is hard if not impossible to find. And your clips of the music are an added plus. Please stay in business a long time."-F.A., August 8, 2016

• "Item was very well packed and protected. Came sooner than promised. Fantastic seller who I highly recommend. Thanks for the great service!"-D.H.C., July 29, 2016

• "That was fast!"-G.L., July 29, 2016

• "Great timing and secure packaging. Disc came with a complimentary jewel case since the one that previously contained the disc had a crack in it."-A.F., July 23, 2016

• "Thank you for the excellent and recommendable service."-M.O., July 20, 2016

• "These people are geniuses. Could not be happier. Crazy website, too."-C.M., July 16, 2016

• "Excellent customer service. Seller contacted me to ensure they sent the correct item. Item was very well packaged for shipping."-P.M., July 3, 2016

• "Item arrived on June 2, 2016, one day before EST! Very nicely packed and in perfect condition."-S.K., June 10, 2016

• "Man, you folks are scary good at what you do!"-R.W., May 18, 2016

• "Wow! Lightning fast shipping! Bulletproof packaging! Amazing seller! "-B.M., April 21, 2016

• "Amazingly fast shipping, completely professional transaction, perfect!"-S.S., April 8, 2016

• "Very fast (n bulbous), thank you Squid (eating dough)! "-T.G., March 11, 2016

• "Outstanding customer service, careful packaging of the items ordered, immediate shipment, and items arrived in brand new condition. A superb professional seller who is highly recommended for their vast selection of international experimental, avant-garde, and outre musique. Je vous salut le calmar! Excellent"-A.B., March 17, 2016

• "Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed getting so much great stuff from you guys. I love it and will keep ordering as much as I can !!!! "-P.B., March 8, 2016

• "Thanks for the rapid fire shipment and careful packing of my order which I received today. Very best regards and - Long live the Squid!."-A.B., March 3, 2016

• "Best distro in the nation. Clear communication and rapid speed shipping. Absolute best."-C.D., February 20, 2016

• "I've never experience service this quick and efficient. Everything from price to packaging is exceptional."-E.S., February 16, 2016

• "CD as described, carefully packaged, promptly mailed. Thanks! I won't hesitate to buy from this seller in the future."-G.S., February 6, 2016

• "Super fast turn around. One of the most consistent sellers around. Thank you!"-S.D., January 15, 2016

• "Awesome. Faster than a sack of oiled up snakes with the shipping. Excellent! Thanks!"-J.S., January 9, 2016

• "Today I received my order. Everything was perfect and it was a pretty quick shipment considering that we are an ocean apart :). Thanks a lot, and if there are any review sites that I can share my great experience with your store, let me know. I will happily do it!"-D.P., January 8, 2016

• "Squidco: fantastic selection of hard to find music... great prices, speedy service! 5/5 "-P.M., December 4, 2015

• "Here today. Wish everyone's shipping was this fast."-L.H., November 25, 2015

• "My order was processed promptly and packaged safely. I wish more online sellers would take the trouble to package CDs in plastic jewel cases as well as Squidco does. "-R.B., November 19, 2015

• "Shipped like a goddamn pro. Buy this man a beer (and some of his records)."-C.D., November 12, 2015

• "As always- one of the very best sellers! Excellent item, packing, and speed of shipping."-T.G., November 5, 2015

• "Great record packed well. Will be ordering again in the future."-F.M., October 29, 2015

• "I have bought items from this seller several times and they have always been quick and efficient."-S.A., October 21, 2015

• "I have been checking your website out since I started getting into the avant garde/electronic/improvised music. You truly are a godsend for those of us who hunger for music on the outer fringes. Thank you.."-A.J., September 21, 2015

• "Thanks again for all your support and congrats again for this unique and Incredible store."-E.L.C., September 19, 2015

• "Top class seller, quick delivery to UK, very well packed, top condition, very pleased, recommended."-J.B., July 29, 2015

• "Thank you for your stellar service to the creative improvised arts community. Also, your website design and functionality is A+."-P.G., July 20, 2015

• "Excellent service! Fast shipment! Any small business that specializes in supporting artists and labels who's music fall far from the category of "commercial" is automatically commendable. Thanks!"-M.A., July 10, 2015

• "Squidco, your service was beyond awesome. The CD arrived two days after I ordered it, and it was in flawless condition. Thank you!"-R.S., July 10, 2015

• "Absurdly fast shipping, fantastic packaging. Perfect buying experience."-E.S., June 3, 2015

• "very fast service...thanks to Squidco for offering hard-to-find avant jazz and composed music...a great resource."-S.E.G., May 24, 2015

• "Just wanted to thank you guys for properly sending my LP. Such a fun album. I'm always worried when buying through discogs or private sellers on Amazon, but folks like you who know how to properly package and ship the vinyl are, unfortunately, pretty damn hard to come by."-M.H., May 21, 2015

• "Thank you for being there, and for being such a wonderful resource. Squidco's service is always excellent in my experience."-J.S., May 10, 2015

• "I really appreciated the exemplary service provided by this seller. Squidco is a stellar example of what makes working with small businesses so much more of a rewarding experience than working with megacorporate behemoths like Amazon. Thanks!"-Z.H., May 4, 2015

• "The CDs arrived quickly and were well packaged. The discs played flawlessly. I would order from Squidco again."-M.N., March 27, 2015

• "Listening to the third disc as I type. My enjoyment of the music is exceeded only by my gratitude for your help in delivering this to my door. Many thanks"-G.G., March 20, 2015

• "Fantastic! The order arrived well protected and much faster than the arrival date given. It is always a joy to actually find dealers who know how to mail music, be it CDs or LPs. And it is especially thrilling in this day of dubious descriptions to find a dealer who actually describes the state the item is actually in! Bravo to Squidco! "-A.P., March 9, 2015

• "Got here ahead of schedule, and carefully double-bubble-wrapped. Great!."-E.H., March 4, 2015

• "CD shipped quickly, well packed and as described."-A.K., February 21, 2015

• "Great seller. Answered my question right away so I bought the album. It was delivered very quickly. I would highly recommend them and will eventually buy from them again since they have the odd stuff I'm looking for. "-B.R., December 26, 2014

• "Thank you for quick Service and a perfect CD... arrived in a few days and was securely packaged. CD is pristine and played wonderfully without any problems. A Top Notch Dealer I will be very happy to purchase from in the future...."-D.E., November 4, 2014

• "I have also very much appreciated ordering things over the years from Squidco. You folks have been nothing but great, and I'll certainly be ordering from you again really soon."-K.M., October 10, 2014

• "Provided super fast shipment, accurate transaction, perfect packing, completed quality control, amazing and curious selection for their stocks, ANYTIME you want !!!!!!"-T.M., September 16, 2014

• "I would just like to say thank you for the quick shipping, etc. I guess I'm conditioned to the "discogs/ebay" mailorder process of feedback leaving, etc. and had to write some kind of response to having received my item. Thanks again and I will definitely be buying from you guys in the future. Anyway, thank you for the fast service, and great selection of interesting items...."-N.Z., September 16, 2014

• "Super quick shipment, perfect packing and quality control, and accurate transaction ! Thank you so much !!!!"-T.M., August 22, 2014

• "Thanks you are very friendly!"-G.E.G.G, August 15, 2014

• "Awesome, thanks for the quick shipping and super-fair shipping cost!"-AM, June 20, 2014

• "Marvelous CD + Professional and Courteous Seller + Expertly Packaeged Prompt Delivery = My Thanks!!"-AA, June 3, 2014

• "Smooth transaction and fast shipping! Seller knows how to pack a record well to boot! Thanks for helping pry open my third eye just bit further, Squidco!!!"-CM, April 14, 2014

• "I bow before the mighty & majestic SQUIDCO!"-SG, March 14, 2014

• "Your website and the service you provide from it is a real boon for people interested in contemporary, improvised music. The performers you cover enables a clear view regarding the current ethos as well as its history. I'm sure I'm not alone in bearing a deep appreciation for this and the integrity it embraces.!"-PT, March 18, 2014

• "Thank you folks for supporting great music by exceptional artists! And thank you for your great customer service.!"-RC, February 18, 2014

• "EXCELLENCE! VERY happy with cd, it's condition, packaging, and shipping speed!"-RL, February 9, 2014

• "Thanks for the super quick shipping. Disc arrived fine as usual. Until next time!"-RD, February 7, 2014

• "Super fast shipping. This literally went cross-country to me in one weekend-and I didn't even buy the two-day shipping option! It arrived in perfect condition. Thanks for stocking such great and hard to find music."-SA, January 16, 2014

• "This was a very quick, early delivered, securely packaged and nicely priced transaction of a difficult to find CD. Thank you!!!"-JAO, December 28, 2013

• "Good god you guys are fast!"-DC, December 12, 2013

• "...thank you for awesome, consistent service!"-JL, November 15, 2013

• "Squidco Sales is the best mail order company I have ever dealt with. Great prices, reasonable shipping costs and quick shipping. And they truly only list what they have in stock. A++"-CC, October 26, 2013

• "I'm a new customer and want to let you know I really appreciate the excellent customer service."-D.D. August 3, 2013

• "I received my cd of the Convergence Quarter this afternoon and I am impressed with your service. Fast shipping and extremely well packed. Even a personal thank you from Kevin. Great work folks and the very best to all."-P.M. May 16, 2013

• "Quick delivery from an excellent vendor. Great selection of hard to find music. I have ordered from them in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Excellent seller in every way."-G.H. April 29, 2013

• "Good lawd you guys are fast! My order arrived almost exactly 48 hours after I placed it. And all three products are in excellent condition (as opposed to netflix disc that looks like its been through the laundry). Thanks ! "-P.F. April 4, 2013

• "As always, thanks so much for the careful packing!"-M.W. March 25, 2013

• "You guys are great. Thanks!!"-L.H. March 15, 2013

• "Thanks again for your courtesy and professionalism! Best regards"-E.Q. February 11, 2013

• ":) ...you folks are the best! Respect."-J.L. February 8, 2013

• "Order arrived today. Congratulations on 10 years in business. I appreciate your commitment to distributing interesting and provocative music while providing great service, regardless of the size of the order. Wishing you continued success"-G.G., January 7, 2013

• "Just did first order w/ you. FAST. Having trouble w other online sellers of this backwards, noisy crap so look out for big order soon."-S.H., December 6, 2012

• "Just want to thank you for the quick delivery of my recent order. I just ordered Yatagarasu by Brotzmann, and received it yesterday."-G.R., November 30, 2012

• "Thank you for your response, it's appreciated. I'll take the time to say that you are the best place to shop avant garde music. And more over, your service is impeccable. Long live Squidco."-C.L., August 9, 2012

• "Just a quick note of thanks for getting out my order so quickly, ordered Tuesday, CDs playing in the machine Thursday, again thanks."-W.S., May 3, 2012

• "Gawd you people are some kinda fast down there! My order (Thurs. PM) was found in our mailbox at noon Saturday! Great music, great service-can't be beat! Take care til next month when I can do it again."-P.F., April 30, 2012

• "Thanks for the e-mail. I appreciate the update and also appreciate the nice sale that you had this past weekend. [...] It is really nice to get so much music for so few dollars. Thanks for running a great store."-K.C., April 23, 2012

• "Thank you very much..love all the music you list..very hard to find such material here in Toronto..will continue shopping."-J.K., February 14, 2012

• "These arrived UK today. You provide such a great service, great stock choice and such quick despatch."-M.B., January 26, 2012

• "It's always a pleasure dealing with you, Phil."-S.W., January 25, 2012

• "The CD arrived today in an immaculate condition. Thank you."-P.R. (Poland), January 3, 2012

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