For Frank Wright
"A rare live recording at CCAM, Vandoeuvre - Lés - Nancy, on May 6, 1992. Hard to find this one anywhere else!"
Invitation to a Dream
Alcorn / McPhee / Vandermark
"Some matches are made in heaven and can be brought to a studio in Austin, Texas. Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, Poughkeepsie-based sax and pocket trumpet player Joe McPhee, and Chicagoan reeds player Ken Vandermark player is, no doubt, one of these rare matches. - Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective, 5 star review "
Catalytic Quarterly Issues 1-4 (2018)
"In a very limited quantity of 30 hand-numbered sets, we present the first four issues of the Catalytic Quarterly collected in an envelope designed by our own Federico Peñalva. From Ken Vandermark's first article on the challenges of 21st-century sustainability to Mat's Gustafsson's collected Discaholic's Corner notes and everything in between from Ig Henneman, Andy Moor, Terrie Hessels, Paal Nilssen-Love, Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Nate Wooley, Ab Baars, Elisabeth Harnik and Tim Daisy all of our partner artists non-musical Catalytic activity is collected in this set. Get one while the stock lasts! "
Decoy with Joe McPhee
"I can’t be wrong: this is definitely genuine, joyous, satisfying and great jazz! The recording stands as testimony to the second set of the first night of Decoy’s two-day residence in Café Oto during October 2011 featuring Joe McPhee."
What If / They Both / Could Fly
Evan Parker & Joe McPhee
"On a sultry July evening on an intimate stage at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Norway, two elder statesmen of improvised music – one wearing a grey shirt, the other sporting a T-shirt with the legend ‘Thunder Pussy’ – stepped up to the platform. What followed resembled an in depth conversation between two old friends and sparring partners – one that ranged from the amicable to the argumentative, from hush to harmony. “What/If/They Both Could Fly” is only the second time this titanic pair have appeared as a duo on record. Their paths have crossed sporadically over the years: Evan has guested in Joe’s Survival Unit III group, and they have frequently made up a trio with saxophonist Daunik Lazro. But their only release together has been “Chicago Tenor Duets”, back in 2000, praised in Jazz Times for its mixture of lyricism and complexity. Evan Parker was 68 when this concert was recorded and by now music just seems to beat within him, sure as his own heartbeat. McPhee, at 73, is the elder here, but his zaps of energy on the tiny pocket trumpet, and his thoughtful, exploratory lines and throbbing soprano sax overtones are played as vigorously as a man half his age. Listen to the amazing zigzags of interlocking sound about six minutes into opening track ‘What’. Hear the microtonal mayhem swarming at the start of ‘They Both Could Fly’. The duo never seek to dazzle with virtuosity, but their total mastery of their instruments allows them to dance around each other and match each other’s moves point for point and blow for blow. Play this and you’ll believe two men can fly."
Chicago Tenor Duets
Evan Parker & Joe McPhee
"Each player, clearly long familiar with the other, is generous in spirit, occasionally ceding to the other's idiom while also pulling his partner along when the moment demands. So McPhee engages in some of his most radical horn-playing since the 70s, while Parker relaxes into some of his most warm and gentle playing (it's hard to say whether that isn't actually the more radical gesture these days). The long 'Duet 5' is an exquisite example of this type of meeting of radicalism and lyricism. And on 'Duet 9', believe it or not, the two create some fantastic tumbling counterpoint that might just silence some of those who claim that free improvisers can't swing. 'Duet 11' has some high lonely overtones floating and blending softly and mysteriously. So: this ain't no cutting contest, just one of the best improv discs in recent memory. By no means should you miss this rich course from two brilliant musicians."