The Rempis Percussion Quartet
"By now the foursome are masters at maintaining an arc of tension over such extended improvisation. What's remarkable is how they sustain the invention without repeating themselves. -John Sharpe, All About Jazz"
Codes / Myths
Rempis / Rosaly Duo
"The drummer is a true equilibrist, walking a tightrope while juggling the pulse with sticks, bells, hands, and metal objects. The concluding third finds Rempis switching to tenor saxophone, and the music resolves to make listeners dance. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
"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."
Territory Band-6 with Fred Anderson
"Collide is Ken Vandermark's sixth release for his transatlantic small big band (or is it a large small group?) of American jazz meets European improvisers. Unlike the prior sessions, this disc is comprised of a single composition, divided into five parts."
The DKV Thing Trio
"Recorded live at Krakow Jazz Autumn in 2014, Collider unites two of the hardest hitting contemporary outfits in an off the wall summit."
Color of Memory
The Vandermark 5
"It's a study in elegance, spatial inquiry, and textural restraint. The longer these band members play together, the closer to the bone Vandermark's writing gets for them, and the more they open the music from the inside out. The Color of Memory is the finest and most adventurous set yet from one of the finest bands to emerge from North America in the last 20 years."
"Abstract yes, but melodic too, with careful restraint precision on the first and third piece, with leads indeed to a strange kind of non-figurative clarity, and with more nervous and agitated work on the two other pieces. -Stef, Free Jazz Blog"
"Solo compositions and improvisations performed by Chicago based percussionist and composer Tim Daisy Selected instruments recorded in various combinations including: drums/marimba/ Califones/metal percussion/bass xylophone/transistor radios/bells/chains/sticks/malletts/brushes Recorded live, without overdubs :)"
Brad Barrett / Joe Morris / Tyshawn Sorey
"The music in this recording is completely improvised, although it is not without specific methodology. These works reframe the concept of composition through frameworks that direct musical activity, and explore a participatory compositional process that unfolds through moment-to-moment interaction."
Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson
"This debut recording between two of New York’s most idiosyncratic and distinctive improvisers reveals just what careful listeners pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist Mary Halvorson really are. Each musician contributed pieces to the album, which is deeply chamber-like in its deft, interactive intimacy. But the real action is where they take those written themes. - Peter Margasak"
Cut a Caper
Ig Henneman Sextet
"Cut a Caper by Ig Henneman is an album brilliantly composed, performed by a stellar ensemble and executed with staggering passion. Adventurous, captivating, demanding and rewarding. -Jazz Alchemist Best Albums of 2011 nr.2 (PL)"
"The very nature of the group's musical process ensures that every FME performance is a unique one. And yes, their stylistic variety and constructive openness is vast enough to be seemingly without limit. Sounds free enough, doesn't it?"
Dancing With Penguins
Joe Morris & Greg Oxoby
"Oxoby has never sounded better, his bass sound round, supple, and articulate; and Morris’ signature saxophone-like guitar playing, beautifully articulated and breathlessly paced, is heard here to great effect. A fine document of an important period of time for Calgary’s improvising community. (Notes by Jonathon Ronler) "
"A direct attack on the commercialisation of indie music and the creaky industries that support its mass market consumption. The Ex are still committed naturals in an over exposed and hyped arena."
Decayed - Live at Aketa No Mise
Michiyo Yagi, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten & Paal Nilssen-Love
"1. Cascades [30:14] 2. Low End Brew [18:37] 3. Derek & the Domino Theory [12:50] All music by Yagi (Hotwire Inc.), Håker Flaten (TONO) and Nilssen-Love (TONO/Cien Fuegos) except ttack 3 by Yago, Håker Flaten, Nilssen-Love and Kaiser (Fractal Music/BMI) "