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"
"Recorded in October of 2011 with longtime collaborators Steve Lantner on Yamaha electric piano and Jerome Deupree on drums, the disc’s five improvised pieces revolve around a core set of ideas that seek to employ the guitar as a post-Hendrix sound generator. The past two entries in the project, Sweat Shop (1990) and Racket Club (1998) explored various avenues of melodic composition with detours into ostinato and groove forms. Here the structures are more open-ended and concerned with color, texture and weight. To that end Morris breaks a rule set earlier in his career (although discarded with increasing regularity these days) by incorporating effects pedals into his sound and eschewing clean single-note runs. "
Mi Casa Es En Fuego
"Rempis snarls and chortles his way through the proceedings as Nilssen-Love catapults himself straight from one end of the set to the other, providing the relentless drive for which he's so well known. A must have recording for any fan of the intertwined Oslo-Chicago scenes."
Courvoisier / Feldman / Mori / Parker
"With little-to-no rhythmic underpinning, and a similar lack of melodic anchors, these group improvisations rely on the ability of the players to emulate conversation - the turn-taking, the constant recycling of old ideas, the unplanned arrival of new ideas, and the strained silences. Miller’s Tale has all of this and more, and it represents some of the finest that free jazz has to offer. - Derek Stone, The Free Jazz Collective"
Frode Gjerstad Trio
"Recorded live at Mir, Oslo, September 28th 2010, it captures four parts of fully free and improvised music between Norwegians musicians, Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Jon Rune Strøm on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion."
Frode Gjerstad Trio
"Frode again this time with different long time fellow players the excellent drummer Paal Nilseen Love and bassist Jon Rune Strom Recorded on tour in Japan in Miyazaki Three great tracks from masters of the art form."
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests
"it is a magnificent melding of cultures. [...] Moa Anbessa is a great introduction to Mekurya for rock fans. The Ex doesn’t cut their intensity a bit – heck, they need it all to keep up with Mekurya, still going strong in his seventies. This is a powerful, rocking record that will thrill even listeners who’ve never bought a “world music” album in their lives."
""Moments Form" does not need time to warm up, it just starts -- a solid stream of invention and drive. Could one expect anything less from free jazz stalwarts, Mars Williams, Tim Daisy and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten? All are experienced and hard hitting improvisors and this consistently engaging album certainly, at the very least, solidifies this perception."
Momentum 1: Stone
"Each disc on this collection has its own distinct feel, presenting six individual journeys within the whole. All of the musicians are acutely aware of their surroundings, and the inspiration that they drew from one another was palpable (Tim Niland, Music and More)"
Momentum 2 & 3 : Brüllt and Monster Roster
"Both discs of this installment of Momentum offer exciting developments in Vandermark’s discography. Incorporating electronics, composed themes, and free form sections, the arrangements are edgy and captivating throughout. The double disc set contains extensive liner notes by the musician and offers an excellent documentation of his continuing musical evolution." -Paul Acquaro "Free Jazz Blog"
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019
"A collection of duo recordings featuring Ken Vandermark in collaboration with internationally renowned, and critically acclaimed, musicians: Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Paul Lytton, Ikue Mori, and William Parker. The material is documented on 5 CDs and was recorded during performances at Vandermark’s second Stone residency in New York City during January of 2018, and at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. "
"At this juncture The Thing and its members need little by way of introduction. Individually their output plots a course through much of the territories mapped by contemporary improvised music, shines a light on its more outré reaches, and stretches the wallets of even the most committed listener. Moreover, seeing any of their names affiliated with a project has become a seal of quality, much as the FMP logo did a generation prior."
"A double-disc set that documents the live efforts of the Free Music Ensemble – a power trio featuring Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nat McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! One CD here features a 2005 Boston show, and the other includes a concert the next day, recorded up in Montreal presenting several concepts, each dedicated to a film legend (Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Buster Keaton, etc)."
More Fun Please
Extra Large Unit
"When writing music, I search for extremes, pushing boundaries: physical, dynamic, instrumental limitations, if any, how fast and how slow can one play, how loud and how quiet. I search for unusual ways of thinking. I want to give the musicians trust and have them take initiative and to feel the responsibility of what it is to be an individual player in a group context. -Paal Nilssen-Love"
The Young Mothers
"“Then Young Mothers roared out of the gate with fierce, jarring visceral power. Theirs is a dense, multi-layered sound where Ivesian contrapuntal lines often divide the ensemble into competing units -- How fortunate 30 or so of us were that they docked in Deep Ellum last night. I'll be anxiously awaiting their return.” -Ken Shimamoto "
Claudio F Baroni
""Motum" means motion, and this is a central theme in the 3 pieces by composer Claudio F Baroni on this album. The concept is central to Baroni's work, and is explored musically and formally in his layered, dynamic, sophisticated style. The breathtaking pieces are taking the listener on a meandering path, starting from the origin of sound. Motum is Baroni's second collaboration with Unsounds. With liner notes by Samuel Vriezen."