Made to Break
"The Made to Break template is, ironically enough, a very sturdy one. Take an assertive bassist who isn’t afraid to bring a bit of funk to the mix and a drummer who has been a continuous companion for about 20 years, and you’ve got a pretty perfect setting for the bar-walker grooving, Brötzman-esque barking and rippling, interval-leaping runs that constitute the more muscular side of Vandermark’s playing. But comfort isn’t part of the program here, and Vandermark isn’t satisfied with simply kicking some funky fire music ass. Made to Break is a statement of intent, not just a catchy name, and the fourth member of the band is there to make sure things don’t get too easy. http://dustedmagazine.tumblr.com/post/170799767125/made-to-breaktrebuchet-trost -Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine February 12, 2018 ----- 5 Star Review Vandermark, Daisy and Stadhouders alternate constantly between solidifying and deepening the powerful rhythmic envelope and contrasting and challenging each other’s role. Kurzmann, in his turn, alternates between opposing all three with his imaginative stream of alien, noisy and abstract sounds that charge the immediate, tight interplay with a strong sense of surprise and risk taking and soloing along Vandermark like an otherworldly reed instrument. -Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective, December 29, 2017 ----- "There comes a time in every extended piece from Made To Break where the ground drops out from beneath the song, and what remains is a simultaneous state of floating and falling, where the song doesn’t really seem to be proceeding in any one particular direction, but there exists, nonetheless, a heavy gravitational pull. On the quartet’s newest, it happens at the halfway mark of opening track “Hydroplane (for Shellac).” The dancing groove instigated by saxophonist Ken Vandermark and amplified by the rhythm-duo of bassist Jasper Stadhouders and drummer Tim Daisy suddenly gives way to the drifting electronics and effects of Christof Kurzmann. That’s when forward locomotion and melodic focus transforms into chaos and unpredictability. It’s as compelling as it’s startling, and as blunt as the transition can feel, it’s no less satisfying when the transformation comes full circle back to where it began. The effect is no more subtle on the blues-inflected “Contact Sheet (for Susan Sontag)” or the relentless volatility of “Slipping Words Against Silence (for Kerry James Marshall),” and that the results can vary so wildly from piece to piece is a source of intrigue that nicely complements the thrills." -Dave Sumner, The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: November 2017, Bandcamp Daily, December 4, 2017 "
Made to Break
"F4 Fake combines fiery free jazz with raw noises and abstract electronics, all accumulating into an interplay, sensual and extreme in its own way, ... that highlights Made to Break in its best."
Marc Riordan & Tim Daisy
"Critics often speak of the chemistry between two musicians. Why? Because, it is so very easy to toss out this abstract, non-quantifiable concept. Those who agree, nod. Those who differ, well they have nothing on which to challenge your statement. But here I go, Tim Daisy and Marc Riordan showcase a stellar musical affinity on their duo release Joyride. —Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
In This Moment
Mikolaj Trzaska & Tim Daisy
"This is the now. It is not their now now, it is mine. And that’s the beauty of it. This is one of the records that have the potential of opening up the moment to you, when you listen. Glad I did. —Hugo Truyens, Free Jazz Blog"
On the A and on the B
Per-Åke Holmlander & Tim Daisy
"Featuring solos from Holmlander on Side A and a duo with Tim Daisy on Side B."
Rafael Toral / Mars Williams / Tim Daisy
"Chattering, textural free jazz brings to mind a forest of animals slowly coming to life. - J.R. Nelson, Chicago Reader"
"Where a collagist would add and subtract in a studio mix, Daisy creates these sounds, amazingly, without overdubs. The scratchy dream-state wobble of "Concord Citizen" floats as lightly as a cloud with ghost voices as musical seasoning. —Mark Corroto, All about Jazz"
The Covid Tapes
Rempis / Reid / Abrams / Daisy / Damon
"THE COVID TAPES documents the efforts by saxophonist and label founder Dave Rempis to continue his creative output during a pandemic that gutted performance possibilities for artists across the globe. This two-cd set includes pieces from some of the many weekly solo performances he streamed from his broom closet-sized practice space at Unity Lutheran Church in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago from March-September of 2020. Those pieces buttress duo and trio performances mostly from outdoor concerts between July and early November that he organized on Friday evenings at Margate Park, two blocks from his house in the Uptown neighborhood. Those groupings include friends and regular collaborators Tomeka Reid - cello, Joshua Abrams - bass, Tim Daisy - drums, and Tyler Damon – drums. "
The Long Haul
Rempis Percussion Quartet
"This live recording from 2011 by the longstanding working band The Rempis Percussion Quartet documents a period of work in between two previous releases - 2010's Montreal Parade, and 2013's Phalanx - the first release ever put out on Aerophonic Records! Here we find a band live onstage, and ready to roll for what had increasingly become a rare "hometown" performance after Flaten moved away from Chicago a few years earlier. Situated at the legendary Hideout, a warm Chicago venue that served as a home base every Wednesday night from 2006-2014 for the improvised music scene locally, nationally, and internationally, the band was comfortable, fired up, and ready to go for the occasion. We're very happy to present this previously undocumented era in the band's development for the first time."