"Here the music suggests a sense of dark threat, pursued through heated contrasts of lengths, with laboring duets or with solitary cadences of erratic abandonment. The thematic material is very close to the more experimental Jimmy Giuffre: asymmetrical intervals, atonal virtuosity, cold irony. What is more personal emerges in the improvisation of the individual."
Gold Sparkle Trio with Ken Vandermark
"Operating in similar but different spheres for quite some time, the collaboration between Ken Vandermark and the Gold Sparkle Trio is a true meeting of the minds."
Do Not Slam The Door!
Grenscó Collective Special 5 with Ken Vandermark
"Is there such a thing as coincidence? Perhaps. But in the encounter between István Grencsó and Ken Vandermark some kind of necessity seems to have been at work. If we compare the careers followed by these two artists in the last decade and a half or so, it seems as if their paths have intertwined, with parallels and intersections. This is far from being self-evident, because a fundamental consideration for both of them is constant renewal, and the search for ever newer forms of expression... "
"Curiously, when timbre follows texture during these fully-rounded performances on Hoxha, Rutherford’s slide work and use of mutes at points takes on a gutbucket, traditional jazz coloration, not too distant from the solos of his older contemporary Free Jazzer Roswell Rudd. Trad Jazz was popular in the United Kingdom when Rutherford was coming up and while he, unlike Rudd, was likely never a recorded Dixielander, the fearless technique and casual joy of those older bonemen could influence anyone, even if by osmosis."
Artifact: Live In St. Johann
"An amazing lineup of European, Chicago and UK players in a live set from the 2008 ArtActs Festival, music that merges the boundaries of ea-improv and free jazz."
Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Hans Poppel
"This record finds Joe Morris with Ken Vandermark, who played clarinet and bass clarinet, and German pianist Hans Poppel. It was recorded in 1996 and released on the Knitting Factory label. Produced by Joe Morris."
Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Luther Gray
"One moment will have you holding your breath and the next will spur you to relax and slowly let your breath go. These three players never choose the highways when there are other roads to travel; you never know in which direction they’re going to turn. When the trio arrive at its destination, you’ll want to make the journey again: back to the first track. Another listening, another impression of this detailed recording’s nuances."