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."
New Horse For the White House
"The Territory Band 5's triple-CD A New Horse for the White House (october 2005) featured Fredrik Ljungkvist, Dave Rempis, Axel Doerner, Johannes Bauer, Per-Ake Holmlander, Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Lasse Marhaug, Kent Kessler, Paul Lytton, Paal Nilssen-Love, and offered four lengthy postmodernist games: Fall With A Vengence, Untitled Fiction, Corrosion, Cards. (The third CD includes live versions of the same pieces)."
Territory Band-6 with Fred Anderson
"Collide is Ken Vandermark's sixth release for his transatlantic small big band (or is it a large small group?) of American jazz meets European improvisers. Unlike the prior sessions, this disc is comprised of a single composition, divided into five parts."
All Night Burner
The Crown Royals
"This instrumental Chicago quartet plays a funky, low-down, utterly addictive combination of rock, blues and jazz, one that seduces the listener with captivating grooves and rock-solid rhythms. -Chicago Tribune"