A Meeting In Chicago
Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Kent Kessler
""Vandermark has long cited McPhee's great hat HUT record Tenor as one of his strongest inspirations, an LP that showed him ways to integrate energy, flow and lyricism into the same musical space. Conversely, McPhee was moved to hear the now-defunct Vandermark Quartet cover one of his compositions at a festival some years back. A wildly prodigious composer, bandleader and player, Vandermark fronts and works in a variety of groups, including the Vandermark 5, NRG Ensemble, Steam, Caffeine, Witches and Devils, DK3, the Crown Royals, Baxter and the Sun Ra Project. Kessler and Vandermark have established a near-sibling working relationship -- the bassist figures in virtually all of Vandermark's ensembles and the two join forces with drum dynamo Hamid Drake in the egalitarian DKV Trio. Based in Poughkeepsie, New York, Joe McPhee is one of the most sensitive, authoritative, personal musical forces on the planet, whether he's playing puckered pocket-trumpet or pugilistic tenor sax. More than mere document of a first encounter, A Meeting in Chicago is destined to be a free music classic.""
Consequent Duos: series 2b
Joe Morris & Ken Vandermark
"Morris’ impact on Vandermark’s creative path goes back to the mid-1980s, when he heard Joe perform in Boston on a regular basis with the Joe Morris Trio and his group Sweatshop. Those ensembles set a standard for musical exploration and excellence that Ken still seeks to achieve with his own ensembles today."
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."
Jon Vanderlander Trio
Jon Vanderlander Trio
"The Jon Vanderlander Trio 45, with Jon Fält (drums & percussion), Ken Vandermark (clarinet & baritone saxophone), and Per-Åke Holmlander (tuba). Recorded at Fylkingen, Stockholm, on October 29th, 2006, by Niklas Billström. Features the compositions “Tom Säck,” “Misha,” and “1st.” "
"One more important record to the art of the reed & bass duets, now with Vandermark on reeds, and some of today's greatest modern jazz bassists: Ken Kessler, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Nate McBride and Wilbert De Joode. Not only because of the variety of reeds used, and the different styles of the bass players, but also the approach differs greatly on all these relatively short improvisations."
Mark In the Water
"Wether playing open pieces or portraits what Ken Vandermark is really doing is looking in the mirror and making a self-portrait. And it comes out as a picture of an excellent musician, remarkable artist and sensible soul that is as deeply passionate about music as one can be. A mere chapter on his musical journey, a document of his self-conscious development as an artist and a musician. A picture of a mark in the water (trying to capture and fix what never stays the same). I loved the concert, I love the album"
"Site Specific is a neat entry in the Ken Vandermark oeuvre: a minimalistic, beautifully bound book packed with two CDs capturing live solo field performances in '14 and '15, showcasing Vandermark's photographs taken as he has toured the world. Time and place take a back seat to imagery, textures and emerging themes (Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective)"