"With such a diverse number of projects to his name Vandermark’s output can be kind of intimidating. Proper points of ingress into his work are highly subjective and dependent on what side of Vandermark’s multifarious personality you want to explore. Few if any of his releases capture all of his interests, but this one comes close to showing off all of his major traits as a player and it does so in a highly accessible setting."
Live in Sant' Anna Arresi
"Recorded at the Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Festival in Sant' Anna Arresi in September of 2016, this first time meeting between four of the most active members of the improvised music community did much more than live up to its "all star" expectations. Hamid Drake, Luc Ex, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark presented a concert of cutting edge music that shifts and turns with constant surprise, built on the incredible rhythmic foundation provided by Hamid and Luc and the burning frontline of Mats and Ken. The Summit Quartet came back to Sardinia this September for a return engagement, celebrating the release of this album with a performance that burned with all the fire indicated on this LP."
Back In the Game
"In 1993, a 57-year-old Syl Johnson made a long overdue return to the studio with Back in the Game, his first album since the early '80s. "Inspired" is definitely a word that describes Johnson's performances on this CD, which unites him with the legendary Hi Rhythm Section of the '70s. Joined by drummer Howard "Bulldog" Grimes and the Hodges brothers (guitarist Mabon, bassist Leroy, and organist/pianist Charles), including Ken Vandermark."