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Marker (Vandermark / Clinkman / Marquette / Stewart / Sudderberg): New Industries [2 CDs] (Audiographic Records)

The Chicago quintet of multi-reedist Ken Vandermark, drummer Phil Sudderberg, keyboardist/violinist Macie Stewart, and guitarists Andrew Clinkman and Steve Marquette, in a 2-CD release presenting studio and live recordings of each composition, showing how this outstanding improvising group balances dissonance and complexity with wildly swinging playing.
 

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Label: Audiographic Records
Catalog ID: AGR-015
Squidco Product Code: 27594

Format: 2 CDS
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
CD1 recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, in Chicago, Illinois, on July 15th, 2018, by Alex Inglizian.

CD2 recorded at the Sugar Maple, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 12th, 2018, by Dave Zuchowski.


Personnel:

Andrew Clinkman-guitar

Steve Marquette-guitar

Macie Stewart-keyboard, violin

Phil Sudderberg-drums

Ken Vandermark-reeds

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Artist Biographies:

"Guitarist and Improviser, Andrew Clinkman grew up just outside of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a BM in Jazz Guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music where he is a student of Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Clinkman has also studied in the Chicago area with Jeff Parker and Dave Miller, among others. He is currently an active member of Cowboy Band and Angkst as well as the Fatum Brothers Jazz collective."

-Blogger (https://www.blogger.com/profile/00779240325740317031)
12/10/2019

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"Guitarist and composer Steve Marquette (b.1987) moved to Chicago in 2006 where he pursued his passion for music at Depaul University (BM '10). There, he studied under Bob Palmieri and augmented his formal education by studying composition and improvisation with Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker and Mars Williams. Since completing school Steve has been an active member of Chicago's thriving free jazz and improvised music community where he regularly leads his own quintet and performs in groups including luminaries Jeb Bishop, Keefe Jackson, Steve Hunt, Guillermo Gregorio, Daniel Thatcher, Brian Sandstrom, Anton Hatwich, Jaimie Branch, Nick Mazzarella and Lucas Gillan. In addition to his Chicago collaborators, Steve has found creative ground with New Orleans musicians Brad Walker, Marcello Benetti, Jeff Albert and Jesse Morrow, comprising his latest quintet. A long time advocate of music education, Steve operates his own guitar studio."

-Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-marquette-7a096339/)
12/10/2019

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"At the age of 20, Macie Stewart has already had her first national television appearance on Conan O'Brian, played legendary festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella, and received a write up in Rolling Stone and the New York Times. This is just the beginning for her. She started playing classical piano at the age of three and found that music was her biggest passion. Known for her skills as a versatile keyboardist, she is also a singer, songwriter, violinist, and guitar player.

At the age of 15 Macie began playing in the Chicago band Kids These Days. Their diverse sound spanned between Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, and many other genres to create something unique and ear-catching. KTD brought the band recognition from many big names such as Questlove, George Clinton, and even Jeff Tweedy who helped produce their debut "Traphouse Rock"

Macie Stewart currently resides in Chicago where she plays gigs and teaches regularly. These days she finds herself playing with her own musical projects such as Sikiyadigo and her main focus, Marrow. She often plays venues around Chicago, and regularly teaches individual piano and violin lessons as well as ensemble classes."

-Hammond Organ Co (http://hammondorganco.com/artists/organ-and-leslie-artists/macie-stewart/)
12/10/2019

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Phil Sudderberg is a Chicago drummer, know for the band Marker with Ken Vandermark, Vibrating Skull Trio, Wei Zhongle, Grandkids, Dave Rempis / Peter Maunu / Aaron Zarzutzki / Phil Sudderberg, Barn Duet, &c.

-Phil Sudderberg Website (http://phillipsudderberg.tumblr.com/shows)
12/10/2019

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"Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy; in addition, he is the music director of the experimental Pop band, The Margots. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music."

-Ken Vandermark Website (http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/)
12/10/2019

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track listing:


CD1



1. Alphaville #2/Trance/Alphaville #1 [14:08]

2. L'Argent/Roulette [11:57]

3. La Chambre #1/La Chamber #2/Pickpocket #1/Two or Three [19:38]

4. Porto/Key for 23 pt. 2/Key for 23 pt. 1/Baal [19:58]

CD2



1. L'Argent/La Chambre #2/La Chambre #1 [15:27]

2. Porto/Two or Three/Baal [20:04]

3. Key for 23 pt. 1/Key for 23 pt. 2/Roulette [12:41]

4. Alphaville #2/Trance/Pickpocket #1/Alphaville #1 [16:54]
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"There's no secret that I really like Marker. I think quotes from my reviews of their first two releases is a good way to set the stage, and to also reveal my general preferences in music, regardless of genre.

"I guess I just love when a simple theme explodes in front of me." (From review of Roadwork 1/ Roadwork 2/ Homework 2)

"... and secondly is followed by the experience of disaster, of walls tumbling down, of bridges burning of chaos and mayhem, is something I happen to like." (From review of Wired for sound)

That's how I start listening to this album. With the curiosity of what Vandermark is up to this time (first album), and with what Marker is really doing with the bag of tools they have built for themselves so far (second triple live album). Of how improvisation within, and certainly outside of, given themes, and even the use of themes as building blocks that are not locked in place in a composition but that can be moved around while investigating how to look at them from different angles using freedom of improvisation to propel the group between said building blocks. This might be especially helpful in a live setting where the group is repeating known parts, and at the same time encouraging each other to do just that - explore how to move around and to 'be free' (cliché warning). I'm excited to hear how Marker will take these experiences and discoveries with this new release; which happens to have both studio material, and live versions of new compositions. I would like to refrain from asking myself if they can possibly pull off the same stunt again, but maybe it's good to give myself a bit of fanboy vaccine before embarking on another Marker listening journey.

It takes attentive detective work to listen to Marker. As said, on this packed double album we get 2 hours and 12 minutes newly composed material with the first disc being studio material recorded on July 15, 2018 and the second disc has live cuts recorded on July 12, 2018. The notes from Markers' Bandcamp page captures one way the listener can experience the new release:

"The combination of both recordings provides listeners an opportunity to hear the compositional strategies of the music truly come into play"

I'm asking myself what I'm thinking of this somewhat academic way of listening to music; that is if one tries to "hear the compositional strategies". One answer can be that this is just one way of listening to Marker. For me it's more about being surprised, going back and forth between versions, experiencing a snapshot from the summer of 2018. Marker was on tour and prepared for recording. For me it has been so interesting to first hear the live performances, and then hearing how they chose to record it in studio; of course, juggling around the blocks of composed music.

Now, going a bit deeper into what we're hearing on this album.

Ray Manzarek. The studio version of "L'Argent/Roulette" oozes of the late Doors pianist/organist Manzarek funky doom and gloom notes. It's a 'Riders on the Storm' moment, but with a bit more attitude. Similar to 'Run' on the Johan Lindström Septett's release Music For Empty Halls. But going to the live cut of the same theme presents something completely different. With a more swift tempo Sudderberg's drums goes from funky and cool to a light breeze of swing. It carries the Marker watermark of having a tombola of notes going in circles, round and round - but knowing that the song extends the fifteen-minute mark, it's just a matter of minutes until things change. Sure enough, it never gets boring. An abrupt stop, then distorted guitars cuts the sky in half. It reminds me of Kiko Dinucci playing on Paul Nilssen-Love's new album 'New Japanese Noise' - and it makes me so happy! I was really hoping to hear Marker incorporating something bold and aggressive, since they have 2 guitars at their disposal, and even though it's not complete mayhem, it is disruptive and just what Marker should be doing to move forward: keep bringing new ideas, or bricks if you will, and to add more 'compositional strategies' to their ideas of how to look at composed vs improvised material.

On this album Stewart also plays the violin which goes hand-in-hand with electric guitars. On "Porto/Two" or Three/Baal (Live)" Stewart, Marquette and Clinkman demonstrates how elegant this becomes when it moves "in front" of Sudderberg's beat. It is an interesting experience to hear Marquette hard-panned to the left channel while Stewart is heard across the soundstage, and Clinkman in the right - first more subtle, but then more clear. I know, this becomes a technical block of this review, but it makes a lot of sense from an experimental perspective. Yes, the music is very enjoyable, but it is also very rewarding to hear how Marker has clearly spent a lot of time making sure it is being presented in a certain way. Pay attention to when Vandermark joins in at 2:15-2:16. Suddenly the entire song comes together. Layer upon layer.

On "La Chambre #1/La Chamber #2/Pickpocket #1/Two or Three," Marker uses their composed blocks to balance emotions against one another. A somewhat searching gaze into something far away is met with a bebop beat followed by a cool (did someone say hot?) Vandermark solo. And on the closing live track "Alphaville #2/Trance/Pickpocket #1/Alphaville #1 (Live)", a sleeping beast comes to life as Marker pull together up, up, up and then erupts! Then the trademark Marker thumping beat to Vandermark's horn, followed by delicate questions from Stewart as the rest of the band prepares for another wave. Slightly shy of 10 minutes the mood changes to close off the album as this train arrives to its final stop. I'm done. That's it. Thanks Marker, you've just delivered a classic."-Gustav Lindqvist, Free Jazz Collective



"Robert Bresson (French: [ʁɔbɛʁ bʁɛsɔ̃]; 25 September 1901 - 18 December 1999) was a French film director. Known for his ascetic approach, Bresson contributed notably to the art of cinema; his non-professional actors, ellipses, and sparse use of scoring have led his works to be regarded as preeminent examples of minimalist film.

Bresson is among the most highly regarded filmmakers of all time. His works A Man Escaped (1956), Pickpocket (1959) and Au hasard Balthazar (1966) were ranked among the 100 greatest films ever made in the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll. Other films of his, such as Mouchette (1967) and L'Argent (1983), also received many votes. Jean-Luc Godard once wrote, "He is the French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music." "-Wikipedia


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