AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark
"Stumble is an incredibly vibrant concert recording of the AALY Trio with Ken Vandermark which took place January, 1998 at Chicago's Unity Temple. "Unlike their flat-out free jazz encounter as 1/2 of FJF on Blow Horn (Okka Disc), neo-tough tenors Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark downshift into the realm of compositional structure and thematic development for much of Stumble. In addition to a righteous reading of Charlie Haden’s “Song for Che,” the program includes two other simmering dirges, bassist Peter Janson’s “Umea” and Vandermark’s “Why I Don’t Go Back.” The program is rounded out by Vandermark’s woozy, bluesy title piece and “Hommage a Lillen,” a high-torque motif by Gustafsson and drummer Kjell Nordeson. While there is plenty of wide-open blowing space for the two saxophonists (Vandermark also plays a good amount of pungent clarinets), and the flexible, fluent Janson and Nordeson, there is an overarching ensemble cohesion that holds this album together." -JazzTimes"
"SUBVOICE is a collection of nine recent works by composer Yannis Kyriakides for various ensembles ranging from single instrument to large orchestra, that represent an investigation into ideas of voice and language. The music is built on traces of voices and texts that seem to speak or sing in an intimate form of dialogue, either as text that is directly encoded into music, or in traces of voice that are embedded and dissolved into the musical fabric. -Unsounds"
"One most engaged with the soul/funk/R&B axis of his four areas of exploration post-Hendrix, new jazz, solo acoustic, extended techniques. Of all Morris' records, this is perhaps his most accessible and his weirdest. Accompanied by Sebastian Steinberg on bass and Jerry Deupree on drums, Morris comes up with nine tunes, all of them collective improvisations that showcase the soloing of the entire band, often simultaneously. -Thom Jurek, All Music"
"Mohammed 'Jimmy' Mohammed is a phenomenal blind singer from Ethiopia. He has appeared on the Ethiopiques series and this is his debut album. The songs are about love, politics, and the social life of the poor. But there is also wit and charm and plenty of 'Wax & Gold', the typical Ethiopian double meaning. He is accompanied by Mesele Asmamaw on the krar, a 5-string harp and Asnake Gebreyes on the traditional drums."
Mats Gustafsson / Barry Guy / Raymond Strid
"The energy swells and recesses, popping circuits off the listeners receptors even in the quietest moments. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Cameron / Carter / Håker Flaten
"The young Astral Spirits label continues to punch above its weight with yet another outstanding release. - Mike, Avant Music News"
Joelle Leandre / Elisabeth Harnik
"Harnik and Léandre continue to perform as a duo but even on this early phase of their collaboration they already established a profound bond. As Ken Vandermark notes in his liner notes, both bring to this setting their “unique personal creative histories - applying techniques and melodic/textual territories that are distinctly their own, developed in other ensembles and field of endeavors, and brought together through the parallel lines of expression”. -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
The Art Of The Duo
Günter Christmann, Mats Gustafsson
"limited edition of 214 copies, each numbered, each cover is a unique one with "rubber stamp art" by Günter Christmann. many thanks to Stiftung Niedersachsen and Kulturbüro der Landeshauptstadt Hannover for their support"
The Art Of The Duo 2
Günter Christmann, Mats Gustafsson
"no. 1-9 recorded april 20th 2017 at Atelier Grammophon, Hannover. no. 10 recorded jan.2012 at Studio Börnestr. 43, Berlin. no 11, 12, 13 recorded may 9th 2017 at Kino im Sprengel, Hannover. no. 15 recorded aug. 20th 2014 at explico, Langenhagen. Track 15 also available on Stratum (track 11). Limited edition of 150 copies, each numbered, each cover is a unique one with "rubber stamp art" by Günter Christmann."
The Brass City
Joe McPhee & Jeb Bishop
"A wonderful meeting between the great multi-horn master from Poughkeepsie NY (Joe McPhee) and up and coming trombone star of the Vandermark 5, Jeb Bishop."
The Cerkno Concert
Joe McPhee & Daunik Lazro
"Joe McPhee plays the pocket trumpet, alto sax, and sings. Daunik Lazro plays the baritone sax except from one piece where he plays the tenor sax. The six improvisations and a McPhee only composition, “Voices for Alto and Tenor” all highlight the rich, resourceful language that these masters share. Both enjoy the intimacy of the duo format, exploring sounds and shifting dynamics. McPhee and Lazro let their breaths converse and sing gently, blossom organically, and fly away, patiently gravitating into an abstract theme, even a subtle melody, or a light swinging rhythmic pattern. The set reaches its emotional climax with “Remembering Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler (in a caravan of dreams given form)”, this last piece not only pays homage to these great forefathers of free jazz but demonstrates how their ideas are still relevant and invigorating with a brilliant quote of Ayler’s “Ghosts”. Beauty is a rare thing and The Cerkno Concert is the real thing."
The Complete Syllables Music
"This is an artist dedicated to questioning boundaries, pushing limits, and flirting with failure in all its forms. These things take a toll. But the next shore is already in sight - the last essay in The Complete Syllables Music box outlines a proposal for adapting the system for chamber ensemble. -Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog"
Ken Vandermark & Tim Daisy
"It is free and it funks. It is jazz in it's purest form: two artists enjoying the fun of lyricism interacting with rhythm, conjuring up emotions of happiness, but also of sadness. The subtly is not only in the finesse of the emotional or sonic shadings that you get with lots of new music today, but also in the straightforward improvisation, with the subtlety being fully present in both musicians' maximal use of their skills, with ear-candy to boot."