Momentum 2 & 3 : Brüllt and Monster Roster
"Both discs of this installment of Momentum offer exciting developments in Vandermark’s discography. Incorporating electronics, composed themes, and free form sections, the arrangements are edgy and captivating throughout. The double disc set contains extensive liner notes by the musician and offers an excellent documentation of his continuing musical evolution." -Paul Acquaro "Free Jazz Blog"
Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
"This third offering from Wooley and Vandermark is easy to recommend, especially to the already initiated, but there is something- from the gentler melodies to the fierce runs- to engage all eager ears. -Paul Acquaro, Free Jazz Blog"
New American Songbooks Vol. 2
Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruán Ortiz, Matthew Shipp
"Produced by Nate Wooley, New American Songbooks, Volume 2 brings together solo piano tracks from four distinguished modern jazz players, guided by a challenge to use selections that expand the idea of the "American Songbook" canon beyond familiar jazz-standard territory. -Ernie, Paik, Chatanooga Pulse"
Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley
"Two singular artists continually expanding in their own ever-personal unique universes. Taking & loving risks. Yet staying true to the form(s) while transforming. Multifaceted. Multidirectional. Multidimensional. - Steve Dalachinsky"
The Seven Storey Mountain
"“Seven Storey Mountain” involve a sloughing off of conventional technique in favor of esoteric sounds, and a sensation of slow, steady ascent through mysterious terrain toward a distant peak. -Steve Smith, New York Times"
The Seven Storey Mountain II
"It is a haunting, often aggressive sound world that moves from a place of chilled droning into a dense and pummeling chaos, before returning to a stressed restraint reminiscent of the work’s opening moments. -Molly Sheridan, New Music Box"
The Seven Storey Mountain III & IV
"The concept of this cycle is to simulate the ecstatic experience described by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton in his book of the same name. The music is both introspective and noisily rapturous. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
The Complete Syllables Music
"This is an artist dedicated to questioning boundaries, pushing limits, and flirting with failure in all its forms. These things take a toll. But the next shore is already in sight - the last essay in The Complete Syllables Music box outlines a proposal for adapting the system for chamber ensemble. -Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog"
"The set up and sequencing of the album, featuring the four distinct voices, makes for a captivating listen. Battle Pieces is a thoughtful and unusually constructed album that offers the patient listener a fine musical experience. -Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective"