All Directions Home
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
"All Directions Home wastes exactly no time getting going. The pairing is a fruitful one, with two bridging their deep interests in jazz history and tradition with their equally unique talents using extended techniques and crafting avant-garde compositions. Highly recommended (Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective)"
And She Speaks - A Collection of Ballads
""Since I first started making music I listened extensively to ballads that were being played by the great saxophonists. These inspiring examples became part of my playing, my sound, my language. This CD is a salute to that tradition".-Ab Baars Internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music performed, Dutch multi-wind player Ab Baars presents a studio album of solo playing on the clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi, inspired by and focusing on the traditions of ballads from great saxophonists, with improvisations colored by songs like "Naima", "Body and Soul", "Solitude"."
And The Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders
The Ex + Tom Cora
"Like Sonic Youth, The Ex knows that their harshest parts stand out in bolder and better relief when balanced with softer moments."
"The Ex and Tom Cora have joined forces again for another passionate and eclectic release."
"A new voyage of discovery, once again quite enervating... Poetry and chaos side by side, like confrontation and trance, in a wild collision of styles. Uneasy listening."
Are We In Diego?
Paul Rutherford, Ken Vandermark, Torsten Müller & Dylan van der Schyff
"This recording features the late trombonist, Paul Rutherford, in an outstanding performance from 2004. The band was concluding a West Coast tour and shows both fire and sensitivity, delivering two extended improvisations and four well-focussed miniatures. With Ken Vandermark (reeds), Torsten Müller (contrabass), & Dylan van der Schyff (drums, percussion). "
"The Ex are a regression to the pop of rage. They understand that punk's form of protest was to amplify your alienation and disposession... The Ex are best when they're the sound of a collapsing system, a catastrophic fury that's senseless and unnegotiable. That's their lure in this era of pragmatic reformers"