"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
"The quartet of reedmen Joe McPhee and Peter Brötzmann, bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Michael Zerang have come together in a recording called Guts (Okka, 2007) to honor Malachai Ritscher, who died of self-immolation on November 3, 2006, in protest of the war in Iraq. -Lynn Horton, All About Jazz"
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."
Johnson / Rempis / Abrams / Spencer / Cunningham
"This one-off quintet grouping was featured as part of a month-long Tuesday night residency organized by saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Jeremy Cunningham at The Whistler in Chicago – a venue that’s become home to a broad array of musicians in the Chicago jazz scene. Each week in February 2019, the two curated a different quintet lineup featuring two horns, bass, and two drummers. Aside from the musicians featured on this recording, made during the second week of the residency, other musicians involved included Avreeayl Ra, Mars Williams, Katie Ernst, Quin Kirchner, Ayana Woods, and Tyler Damon."
"Recorded 5th June 2001 at the Koeienverhuur Studio in Purmerland and 21st May 2002 at Villa Zuid, Wormer by Dolf Planteydt. Mastered at LOUD, Amsterdam by Zlaya."
Head Above Water/Feet Out Of The Fire
"This is the power of the Vandermark composition at its finest. He is there, guiding them though the workout of notes on the page, with whistle in mouth just in case. It builds and recedes and lets the smaller dogs sing before the next wave of growling envelops your ears layered over a pretty addictive drum and bass groove."
Terrie Ex & Ab Baars
"The drunken master works at his own pace. What's it take to make music like "Hef"? A liter and a half of Dutch courage. –John Corbett, Chicago, January 2000"
""The collective experience of Icepick’s members encompasses a myriad of improvisational possibilities, and their technical acumen allows them to tackle tradition-steeped swing as easily as post-everything noise, but they keep their focus on evolving sonic narratives that resolve each knotty exchange or coarse textural exploration with a nakedly emotional tune." - Bill Meyer, Chicago Reader"
Anne-James Chaton / Andy Moor / Thurston Moore
"Heretics is a series of portraits of radical heretical figures found throughout the history of schismatic thinking.Heretics like Caravaggio, William Burroughs, Jose Mujica, Marquis de Sade and Johnny Rotten, fascinated the artists. These influential figures are presented here in the form of poetic texts and catchy melodies combined with experimental noise. - With the addition of ex-Sonic Youth guitarist, singer and songwriter Thurston Moore, Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor’s more than a decade long collaboration becomes an exciting trio. They researched and created the material for Heretics during a residency in the French port of St Nazaire, in July 2014. They used voice, guitars and electronics in solo, duo or trio, to collaboratively explore their ideas and co-write texts and music. -Unsounds"
"Rich and explosive when it’s boiling, it’s still damn rich when it’s just wafting. – Byron Coley for The Wire"
Hidden In The Stomach
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark
"Behind the energy and expression, the decades of preparation subsumed into a moment of spontaneous eruption, there's a sensibility at work. A mind. Freedom is a state of mind. Freedom of mind leads to freedom of sound."
Sonic Youth & Mats Gustafsson
"Although the disc is divided into separate tracks, Hidros 3 is really one extended piece, with no gaps whatsoever. Dedicated to Patti Smith, it frequently sounds like improvisation rather than composition. The piece was recorded live at its premiere in 2000. The players were housed in small rooms of the Art museum in Ystad, Sweden, during its KulturBro festival. Jim O'Rourke was in charge of the mixing, the only performer capable of filtering the composite whole. The audience were free to wander from chamber to chamber, experiencing various subjective perspectives of the performance."
Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble
"“The NU ensemble is back again! After some years of contemplation, recharging and reforming. In attack mode… in poetry mode… in love mode. A forever-changing beast. From the first installment of the ensemble back in the early 90’s, this ensemble has always been about the now, the instant now. NU. How to deal with and combine both freely improvised music and compositional methods and ideas. In the moment. Nothing radically new in that, but a very important process with lots of new perspectives to explore and joy to be shared!” Mats Gustafsson, from the liner notes"