""It wasn’t an exercise in constraint necessarily; it was just what I was feeling. I made that record because those were the sounds I was hearing in my head. The first solo record [Young Cricketer]...it wasn’t like it changed the world, but it did change my little world. It was a first statement, and that’s a powerful thing—it gives context to everything that comes after it. Since there's no point in saying the same thing twice, I felt like the second solo record should be as far away from the first as possible, while still feeling honest to me." Chris Corsano - Bomb Magazine"
Blow + Beat
Mats Gustafsson & Alfred Vogel
"the two musicians have been waiting for this since a long time. In summer 2016 they gave it a chance when Gustafsson played on Vogel´s festival BEZAU BEATZ with his power-free-jazz-trio THE THING. After a short holiday weekend Gustafsson was ready to blow and Vogel to beat. "my baritone never sounded any better" claims the reed wizard while Vogel who was also doing the mix seems to be free as a bird can be - way up in the sky and down to earth ..."
"The succinctly titled Blow Horn starts with a shout from the saxes of Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark, with bass and drums (Kent Kessler and Steve Hunt) churning underneath, and thereafter the energy level seldom subsides. This is post-Ayler, Brötzmann-incited freedom, storm centers of agitation and exuberance, with only brief moments of respite (“Biomass”) between onrushing shock waves. But even at such an intense tack they’re able to suggest distinctive rhythmic designs, like the raucous r&b inflections of “Blow Horn for Service” or the slow, taut groove of “Structure a la Malle"."
Blue Chicago Blues
Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
"Though willfully abstract in comparison to conventional interpretations, McPhee and Haker Flaten's commitment to the blues is palpable. Blue Chicago Blues is grounded in the same core principles that bequeathed I-IV-V chord progressions and flatted notes, celebrating an enduring tradition in its endless capacity for emotional expression. -Troy Collins, All About Jazz"
Blueprints For A Blackout
"It's caustic. A real burner. (...) While still retaining an all important relevant edge to their musical comment , they've introduced elements of tunesmithing, attack, decay and composition that places them head and shoulders above their contemporaries."
Boss Of The Plains
"The ten pieces presented here float in ruminating glances. The drummer-less trio invites stillness as its fourth member. Rempis delivers with a stoicism, eschewing volume for eloquence. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Lacerda / Manso / Nilssen-Love / Zenicola
"A live recording of two extended improvisations at Audio Rebel's Quintavant in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from the quartet of Arthur Lacerda on guitar and electronics, electric bassist Felipe Zenicola, guitarist Eduardo Manso, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love. "Bota" is a groove-oriented jam, Zenicola and Nilssen-Love carrying the pulse while the guitarists work above, ending with a degenerating electronic display. "Fogo" is the freer of the two, staring quietly and building into a wonderfully driving piece, with Nilssen-Love pulling out the stops with unpredictable and solid rhythmic intensity while Zenicola churns below. A powerful performance from Rio!"
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet Plus Two
""Certainly when, among other things, the double bass line-up with Kent Kessler and William Parker also presents, the drum tandem Hamid Drake-Michael Zerang or the trio brass with Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop and Roy Campbell. Where the road is so open for focusing on a crushing group sound, the Chicago Tentet opts for a more modest approach. Especially Brötzmann's more than forty-minute 'Stonewater' leaves a lot of room for 'smaller' passages. The Arabic beginning is a striking example of this. With the tumbling hand drum and the eastern singing style of Hamid Drake, on which Brötzmann releases his elaborate, clarinet-like tarogato.""
"Relying on their shared history and intuitive rapport, Vandermark, Marhaug and Nilssen-Love provide concise thematic continuity to their volatile free excursions with empathetic listening skills and clear communication."
"The third album from this free spirited power trio is a masterful example of passionate improvisation and breathtaking interplay. The hand in glove rhythm section of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass) has graced a large number of recordings over the years and Finish guitar maestro Raoul Björkenheim has been around since recording with Edvard Vesala and Krakatau for ECM back in the days."
Joe McPhee & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
"Multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee and Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been collaborating for the better part of a decade, chiefly through McPhee’s work with Flaten’s agro-jazz trio The Thing. Their second duo release is a far more restrained affair, full of loosely sketched melodic information rather than sonic carpet-bombing. -Shaun Brady, JazzTimes"
Burn the Incline
The Vandermark 5
"Straight up funk grooves erupt into shrieking noisefests, only to subside into gentle ballad swing. The members of the V5 cooperate under his leadership on Burn the Incline to produce these amazing effects: the twin sax lead of Vandermark and Rempis powers forward under the propulsion of the versatile rhythm section of Kessler and Mulvenna. Bassist Kent Kessler gets his own time in the lead, and he uses it to advantage shaping the flow of the music. "
Burn the Incline (Limited Edition Double CD)
The Vandermark 5
"Straight up funk grooves erupt into shrieking noisefests, only to subside into gentle ballad swing. The members of the V5 cooperate under his leadership on Burn the Incline to produce these amazing effects: the twin sax lead of Vandermark and Rempis powers forward under the propulsion of the versatile rhythm section of Kessler and Mulvenna. Bassist Kent Kessler gets his own time in the lead, and he uses it to advantage shaping the flow of the music."
"The recording is being billed as the Ex guitars meets the Vandermark/ Nilssen-Love duo but it is not as cut and dry as that. The Ex guitarists, Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor, create a wall of amplified goodness while elevating the tremolo bar into high art. The Vandermark/ Nilsson-Love duo though are not as you would normally hear them on any of their many recordings. "
Cafe Oto London 9th April 2013
Paal Nilssen-Love / Claude Deppa / Peter Brötzmann
"Nilssen-Love and Brotzmann are joined by trumpeter Claude Deppa and this trio will carry their improvisations in a different way than on the previous album. "
Baker / Hunt / Vandermark
"An out of print record from 1994 that now is available on digital format! Ken Vandermark on reeds with Jim Baker on piano and Steve Hunt on percussion."
Canzoni di Primavera
""All pieces consist of composed themes that form the outset for improvisations. There is nothing exceptional in this by itself, but the way both musicians expand on the theme, and the way the other musician then takes this expansion as a basis for further exploration, is exceptional. Even more so, because they are not afraid to use dissonance as a key ingredient of their sound."-Stef Gijssels After their album "Autumn Songs" the Dutch improvising duo of Ab Baars on tenor sax, clarinet and shakuhachi and Ig Henneman on viola, celebrate the music of spring in "Canzoni di Primavera" (Songs of Spring) in 10 vivacious works blending free jazz and chamber music, with subtle use of timbre, dissonance and melody in pieces inspired by poets, composers and artists."