Vandermark / Guy / Sanders
"The proof here is the instantaneous manner in which the trio gets down to the business of music-making. This isn't just twiddling and tinkering with instruments; the three, in the classic sax/bass/drums configuration, narrate paths of sound governed by an unwritten set of rules."
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
""Open Border is a beautiful, truly collaborative project between Ken Vandermark on reed instruments, Luigi Ceccarelli on electronics, Hamid Drake on drums and Gianni Trovalusci on flutes... Interplay between Drake and Vandermark stellar as always, as is the light and fluid section for flute and electronic sound, and graceful spoken vocalization leading everyone to come together for a elegant and memorable conclusion. This was a unique and very enjoyable album, taking three stellar instrumentalists and adding Ceccarelli to create electronic sound and process the other band members playing in real time to create a vibrant and rich performance that continuously moves in dynamic and spontaneous ways." -Tim Niland, Music and More, April 4, 2020"
Vandermark 5 Silk-screened Concert Poster
"A compelling print by Dan Grzeca on heavy stock matte paper. A limited edition of 100 made for the Vandermark 5 two-night Green Mill engagement in 2009. Order multiple posters at no extra shipping cost!"
Vandermark 5 Turf Club Poster (2002)
"Beautiful print on heavy stock matte paper. A limited edition made for the Vandermark 5's 2002 engagement at the Turf Club in St. Paul. Order multiple posters at no extra shipping cost"
Vandermark 5 vs. Atomic Poster
Vandermark 5 / Atomic
"Poster advertising a Vandermark 5 / Atomic double bill at Echo Lounge in Atlanta. Order multiple posters at no extra shipping cost. "
Noise Of Our Time
"It was only during Ken Vandermark's residency at the Jazz club The Stone in January 2016 that Vandermark found himself in the same vicinity as Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier and Tom Rainey. A year later they went into the studio with nine compositions – three each by Courvoisier, Vandermark and Wooley. These four musicians have well-documented, distinct personalities which, in this context, results in performances full of surprises, rich contrasts and shared responsibilities. The music sounds thoughtful, but never over-wrought. They play by intuition, yet retain a vivid complexity. Their composing is transparent and unclichéd; their improvising provided with a remarkable coherence and openness. And perhaps it is exactly this – a fresh collective unity that keeps their respective personalities and idiosyncrasies intact – that brings them success in this bold and collaborative performance. Art needs to pique and renew your interest, take you on inspiring and surprising journeys and sometimes even confront your own biases. Creating, not reviving as a way to evolve and to keep going forward in all directions. credits "
Moulin Vert Improvisations
"All proceeds from the sales of this recording will go to Assata's Daughters (www.assatasdaughters.org), "a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition which organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. Through their programs they aim to Deepen, Escalate, and Sustain the Movement for Black Liberation.""