"With drummer-less clarinet trio named after a radical album by a drummerless clarinet trio, you have prolific Ken Vandermark’s latest collaboration, this with Norway’s Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Havard Wiik on piano. Vandermark frequently shines a light on an elder, and this one points to the pioneering Jimmy Giuffre/Paul Bley/Steve Swallow trio. Additionally, Merce Cunningham, Frank O’Hara, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, and Bley in particular get their due on this collection. As with past dedications, the music stands on its own and makes no attempt at imitation."
Galina U (from Ig Henneman Collected)
Queen Mab Trio
"Galina U has been compiled from compositions that Henneman contributed to the Queen Mab Trio albums, See Saw and Thin Air, along with ‘Overtoom’, from a previously unreleased recording session. For See Saw Henneman contributed three tracks: ‘Marilyn L’, ‘Lori F’ and ‘Galina U’. The latter is an evocative ode to the Russian composer Galina Ustvolskaya, in which Henneman endeavours to mirror Ustvolskaya’s idiom with ominous, compelling rhythms and piano chords hammered out with full force, and she succeeds in coming unmistakably close while fortunately retaining her own vocabulary. Marilyn Lerner – piano; Lori Freedman – bass clarinet / clarinet Ig Henneman – viola "
Magnus Broo & Paal Nilssen-Love
""The 6 tracks are freely improvised, and move us across a broad landscape of jazz expressiveness : from rhythmic and melodic parts to very avant-garde excursions, from slow and bluesy sounds to staccato blasts, with the real focus on the interplay between the two artists. Through Broo's playing, other trumpeters come to mind : Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, Paul Smoker. One of the reason's I like the album a lot is that both musicians demonstrate that it's possible to be creative, innovative, avant-garde, free and still be deeply emotional. Despite the limited possibilities of the duo, they manage to captivate the attention from beginning to end. This is intense, direct and raw music, but beautiful ... Clearly, a very much underpromoted release." –Free Jazz Blog"
Survival Unit III
"It is a dark piece, full of frenzy, yet it is also elegant, beautifully swinging, enrooted in gospel and blues. Another great album of a great artist. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
Geometry Of Caves
Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris
"The record also makes plenty of room for each of the musicians' individual strengths to emerge: Bynum is in especially fine form, with movement from lyrical beauty to pure abstraction and noise (just listen to his menacing growls on "Glowworm" as evidence); but Morris is also characteristically exceptional, whether offering prickly fragments or his patented scrapes, as he's continually seeking ways to advance the dialogue. Reid's relentless imagination leads her from chamber-like passages to motion-filled ostinato phrases that always possess compelling rhythmic energy; and Kitamura will be a revelation to those who haven't yet encountered her unique brand of vocal improvisation, turning in an instant from subtle to spasmodic." - Troy Dostert All About Jazz"
Geometry of Distance
Kitamura / Bynum / Morris / Reid
"The four musicians compose as one, weaving a kaleidoscope of unconventional textures and contrapuntal melodies, opening the door to a new sonic universe which only exists in real time composition."
Goofy June Bug
Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark
"This pairing is as comfortable as a reunion of grade school classmates. Recorded live at Amsterdam's Bimhuis at tour's end, Goofy June Bug finds both men splitting their time between tenor saxophone and clarinet (backed by Baars' regular rhythm section of Wilbert de Joode and Martin van Duynhoven) and both honor each other's musical traditions: Baars' compositions are as likely to carry a '60s free jazz influence as Vandermark's are to contain European classical elements."
Terrie Ex & Paal Nilssen-Love
"It’s powerful, speedy, chaotic, but with a high degree of interplay and charm. Improvised, yes, but never out of focus. Although the two slow it down at times, they soon build up to the energies described, uncompromising, vibrant, hard, sonic, exploring their noisy palette of sound.” (FREQ)"
"The quartet moves from one form to another with ease, and their improvisational skills are very good; the music never lags during that long duration. -Stefan Wood, Free Jazz Blog"
Guy-Gustafsson-Strid Trio with Marilyn Crispell
"Recorded on January 22, 1996 by the Swedish broadcasting corporation, this features an international all-star new jazz/improvising group of Mats Gustafsson-soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, Marilyn Crispell-piano, Barry Guy-double bass and Raymond Strid-drums.."
McPhee / Brötzmann / Kessler / Zerang
"While the players can (and do) perform volatile energy jazz here, their preference is for music that's dissectible enough for the players to be distinguished in parts and direction. The breadth and power of these four players comes through with an exhaustive clarity in this crisp and vigorous live recording."
Hands Up! You're Free
"Maybe in bursts, where the undertow doesn't need to be ribbed with volume, this record represents the real Ex, the complex, hyperfast, mobile scourge of convenient ignorance and partyline stupidity."