The Dream Book
Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval
"A fascinating duo collaboration inspired by the work of Ornette Coleman and by many of those -Dewey Redman, Don Cherry, Scott LaFaro- who have played in the great saxophonist’s groups...The music is stately, sometimes grave; there is no attempt to pastiche Ornette; and there is a rigorous equality between the two voices (Richard Cook & Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings)"
The Education Of Lars Jerry
"Swedish horn blower Mats Gustafsson's forte is his unique ability to accommodate large, bellowing horn gusts and devilishly intricate microhorn chatter within the space of a single phrase. This technique, which allows a tsunami of sound to be answered by a volley of rapid-fire chirps, squeaks, and clucks, gives this solo LP the illusion of dialogue--as if there were two mad horn players in the room rather than one. And in Gustafsson's hands, the give and take of his internal conversation is both convincing and intriguing. The Education of Lars Jerry, however, is not simply a showcase for Gustafsson's use, abuse, and misuse of wind instruments. He is capable of sketching a wildly diverse landscape of mood and emotion--from scalding, angry blasts to jolting surprises to hilarious slapstick. With all these tools at his disposal, Gustafsson's stories are as interesting as the language he uses to describe them. --S. Duda"
The Fire Each Time
DKV Trio + Joe McPhee
"Not Two Records presents, "The Fire Each Time," a 6 CD boxset of recordings from the DKV Trio with Joe McPhee as a guest, and dedicated to James Baldwin. The music was recorded during the quartet's tour in Europe which took place in November of 2017, and at shows in Chicago and Milwaukee from December of that year. These performances are historic in many respects: the DKV Trio (with Hamid Drake [drums], Kent Kessler [bass], and Ken Vandermark [reeds]) has only recorded with other musicians on three occasions in its two decade career (with Joe Morris on "Deep Telling" [Okka Disk, 1999; with Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love and Massimo Pupillo on "Schl8hof" [Trost, 2013], and with The Thing ["Collider," Not Two, 2016]); also, this is the first time all four musicians have worked together as a band; and the material documented over the six concerts included in the collection features performances of Joe McPhee's compositions (like "Nation Time") as well as completely improvised music generated by the participants. "
The Laughing Owl
Terrie Ex & Han Bennink
"The energy level remains quite high on much of this disc; one has the feeling the recording is meant to be played very LOUD. Even the most bird-like scrabbling between these musicians has a sharp, dissonant edge. The Laughing Owl may be about as "out" as today's free improvisation gets, but it retains enough of a conversational aspect that it bears interest upon repeated listenings. -Nils Jacobson, June 2001"
The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love
"They’ve tapped into a sound that is eminently listenable and addictive, and it’s exciting to hear them hone their interplay more and more as time passes. I would highly recommend this album to fans of Ken Vandermark’s and Paal Nilssen-Love’s previous duo work, and to any fan of powerful, melodic, but still adventurous music (Derek Stone, The Free Jazz Collective)"
The Midwest School
"Like a prize fighter, the ensemble moves with all the nimble dexterity of a small group when needed, bobbing and weaving until an opening presents itself, delivering precise jabs or opening out to rain down a concentrated torrent of blows. Hailing from a city which has had a hand in producing some top class large ensembles in recent years, Audio One is instantly a contender to the throne (Matthew Grigg, The Free Jazz Collective)"
The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing
Ben Hall's Racehorse Names
"After listening to the album I was interested to find out that the improvised pieces were actually open compositions, with each piece seemingly providing a sonic structure or context for the players to explore, whilst apparently providing enough ‘instructions’ (however the ‘composed’ element was written) to keep the group sound wedded to a particular idea. -Chris Haines, Free Jazz Blog"
Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley + Ikue Mori & Ken Vandermark
"Quantity is seldom a per se value, but we have here one hundred and nine minutes of pure, passionate, involving high quality music."
The Second Original Silence
"Pristinely recorded at a 2006 Italy performance, this is another outstanding work from Thurston Moore, Jim O'Rourke, and Mats Gustafsson's improvisational noise/jazz/rock ensemble."
The Seven Storey Mountain
"“Seven Storey Mountain” involve a sloughing off of conventional technique in favor of esoteric sounds, and a sensation of slow, steady ascent through mysterious terrain toward a distant peak. -Steve Smith, New York Times"
The Seven Storey Mountain II
"It is a haunting, often aggressive sound world that moves from a place of chilled droning into a dense and pummeling chaos, before returning to a stressed restraint reminiscent of the work’s opening moments. -Molly Sheridan, New Music Box"
The Seven Storey Mountain III & IV
"The concept of this cycle is to simulate the ecstatic experience described by Trappist Monk Thomas Merton in his book of the same name. The music is both introspective and noisily rapturous. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"