Letter to a Stranger
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love
"Vandermark and Nilssen-Love make a mighty team: both musicians are incredibly fast and facile, and they're equally comfortable whether they're exploring chaos or silence. It's a pleasure to witness such strong musical intelligence at work and play, and altogether Letter to a Stranger is a treat, a powerful CD full of courageous and inventive music. -Florence Wetzel"
Paal Nilssen-Love & Peter Brötzmann
"This album is one long spontaneous improvisation, and the musicians are able to flex the sense of time and space, with Brotzmann moving through the gamut of instruments he uses which provides a wider range of hues and textures for their performance and the drummer meets him every step of the way, and it is the interaction that they develop that is the most special part of the music, and the two men are egoless in placing the music before themselves and develop a startling and vibrant performance."
Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark / Hans Poppel
"This record finds Joe Morris with Ken Vandermark, who played clarinet and bass clarinet, and German pianist Hans Poppel. It was recorded in 1996 and released on the Knitting Factory label. Produced by Joe Morris."
"The entire record was freely improvised, and the relatively lengthy pieces (averaging ten minutes apiece) do not compromise at any level. You wouldn't want to play this as background music, unless you're uncannily adept at multitasking."
"Curiously, when timbre follows texture during these fully-rounded performances on Hoxha, Rutherford’s slide work and use of mutes at points takes on a gutbucket, traditional jazz coloration, not too distant from the solos of his older contemporary Free Jazzer Roswell Rudd. Trad Jazz was popular in the United Kingdom when Rutherford was coming up and while he, unlike Rudd, was likely never a recorded Dixielander, the fearless technique and casual joy of those older bonemen could influence anyone, even if by osmosis."
Live @ The Jazz Happening
Perch Hen Brock & Rain
"Relative Pitch Records – RPR1051, Wig – 26 Recorded November 2, 2014 at Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland. Produced in collaboration with Wig Records. credits released April 27, 2017 "
Live at Area Sismica
"In two sets, Lean Left is creating a non stop celebration of instant music with blissful grins and playful energy, rattling and shaking at right angles with one furious swing after the next."
Live at the Glenn Miller Cafe
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark
"Gustafsson and Vandermark perform wide open during most of the album, honking, screaming, rasping and playing as rapidly as possible. "
Live at the Ironworks Vancouver
Ig Henneman Sextet
"(...) In this way Henneman developed a complete own language that shines with purity and authenticity (...) the six members own strong personalities that they like to show with guts, patience and measured discretion. -Tim Sprangers, Jazzinternationalrotterdam.nl"
Live in Chicago
Heart of the Ghost
"Proceeds raised from sales of this recording will go in perpetuity to Black Lives Matter DC, an organization recommended by Luke (www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org). "
Live In Copenhagen
Peter Brötzmann, Steve Swell, Paal Nilssen-Love
"The trio goes nuclear on the opening piece, the 30-minute “Copenhagen Maneuvers”. Brötzmann, in top fiery form, outlines the urgent, angry theme, sets the trio dynamics on a volcanic course that gains more volume and more momentum... The other, shorter pieces highlight further the rich and profound vocabulary of this trio. -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
Live In Japan Vol. 1
Diskaholics Anonymous Trio
". At some moment of spontaneous union, everything coalesces to the extent that it's difficult to determine who exactly is playing what, with Gustafsson's attenuated tones fusing exquisitely and inseparably with Moore's sculpted feedback and O'Rourke's analog thrum."
Live In Ljubljana
Trumpets And Drums
"Given the unorthodox instrumentation, there's a little more than meets the eyes and ears on this quartet effort recorded at a jazz festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. -Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz"
Live in Sant' Anna Arresi
"Recorded at the Ai Confini tra Sardegna e Jazz Festival in Sant' Anna Arresi in September of 2016, this first time meeting between four of the most active members of the improvised music community did much more than live up to its "all star" expectations. Hamid Drake, Luc Ex, Mats Gustafsson, and Ken Vandermark presented a concert of cutting edge music that shifts and turns with constant surprise, built on the incredible rhythmic foundation provided by Hamid and Luc and the burning frontline of Mats and Ken. The Summit Quartet came back to Sardinia this September for a return engagement, celebrating the release of this album with a performance that burned with all the fire indicated on this LP."