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."
Carl Fredrik Reutersward
Carl Fredrik Reutersward
"Born 4 June 1934 in the Oscars parish in Stockholm, died May 3, 2016 in Landskrona, Sweden. He was a painter, graphic artist , sculptor and poet . Only for the ones who have open ears."
Cash and Carry
The Rempis Percussion Quartet
"On August 31st, 2014, The Rempis Percussion Quartet celebrated its tenth year in existence with an increasingly rare hometown concert at Chicago’s venerable Hungry Brain, a bar whose dark, relaxed, and frequently hard-drinking atmosphere helped to define more than a decade of the Chicago improvised music scene. The band had cut its teeth with regular performances at the Brain in the mid-aughts, but sadly, this would be the last time they hit the stage before the bar’s impending closure at the end of 2014. To up the stakes a bit further, that night also marked the end of the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival. As usual, the multitudes of fans and world class musicians visiting for that event packed in with the Chicago regulars to hear what the local guys might deliver on their home turf. The band didn’t disappoint. The talking ceased immediately as they hit the stage, channeling the significant emotional energy of the evening directly into two sets of fiery music, once again taking the reins as one of the hardest-hitting bands to emerge from the Chicago scene in the past decade. On this document of the night’s festivities, you can hear the group dive in face first, working over every facet of the simple melodies and grooves that form the underlying basis of their extended improvisations, tearing them apart, and reconstructing them in a multitude of new ways."
Catch My Shoe
"The Ex, you see, are No Ordinary Band. Would anyone else not just continue but actually kick off a whole new period of frantic activity having just lost their lead singer a full thirty years after he co-founded the band? Unlikely. Yet that is exactly what The Ex have done, and "Catch My Shoe" is the triumphant result. "
"Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love form Double Tandem, performing live at Cementen in Norway. Recorded and mixed by Frode Gjerstad."
Chicago Tenor Duets
Evan Parker & Joe McPhee
"Each player, clearly long familiar with the other, is generous in spirit, occasionally ceding to the other's idiom while also pulling his partner along when the moment demands. So McPhee engages in some of his most radical horn-playing since the 70s, while Parker relaxes into some of his most warm and gentle playing (it's hard to say whether that isn't actually the more radical gesture these days). The long 'Duet 5' is an exquisite example of this type of meeting of radicalism and lyricism. And on 'Duet 9', believe it or not, the two create some fantastic tumbling counterpoint that might just silence some of those who claim that free improvisers can't swing. 'Duet 11' has some high lonely overtones floating and blending softly and mysteriously. So: this ain't no cutting contest, just one of the best improv discs in recent memory. By no means should you miss this rich course from two brilliant musicians."
Chicago Tentet at Molde 2007
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
""Logic might tell you that the more free jazz players you have in one spot, the greater the volume and intensity will be, but At Molde 2007 the Chicago Tentet turned in a textured performance that touches on the language of American jazz and European classical forms through the use of multilayered voices and nuanced interplay. In addition to the mainstays on the frontline (Brïtzmann, Ken Vandermark, Gustafsson, Joe McPhee), this edition of the Tentet features electro-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who along with bassist Kent Kessler does the work of a symphonic string section. The 40-minute "Ten by Ten" would be a satisfying album on its own, but at Molde the band played two more pieces, both nearly as expansive and spacious as the opener." –All About Jazz"