Catalog ID: ALP 173CD
Squidco Product Code: 6920
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Ken Vandermark-baritone saxophone, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Dave Rempis-alto and tenor saxophones
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// 1. Convertible, Version One (for Charles Eames) // 2. Reciprocal (for Santiago Calatrava) // 3. La Dernier Cri (for Elliot Carter) // 4. Some Not All (for Phillip Wilson) // 5. Aperture (for Walker Evans) // 6. Morricone (for Sergio Leone) // 7. Convertible, Version Two (for Ray Eames) 8. The Ladder (for Giorgio De Chirico)
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"A Discontinuous Line is the first studio recording of the new incarnation of the Vandermark 5, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark's most enduring and versatile ensemble. The Vandermark 5 has been an acoustic quintet since trombonist/guitarist Jeb Bishop dropped the electric instrument from his arsenal in 2001, taking his final leave last year. With the arrival of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, the group once again has the capacity to deliver the electronic maelstroms that made them famous outside of the jazz world in the late 1990s.
Lonberg-Holm is equally at home playing gorgeous straightahead melodies or experimenting with subtle electronic effects. With an occasional touch of distortion, he summons a sound long gone from the band's palette. Hearing those churning power chords once again backing the group on its more visceral excursions is breathtaking.
Vandermark has been playing more baritone with each passing album; it is beginning to sound like his best horn. Saxophonist Dave Rempis, a taut and visceral improviser, every bit Vandermark's equal, continues to astound. Bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Tim Daisy drive this unit with force. Dynamically restrained during the group's neo-classical excursions, they are equally capable of pulverizing grooves that belong in seedy rock clubs, rather than uptown jazz joints.
Vandermark's expansive writing isn't bound by genre constraints. His intricate compositions and consistently surprising arrangements embrace a narrative writing tradition removed from the rote conventions of head-solo-head formats and simple AABA song forms.
Alternating between brisk free bop, bluesy noir, spare neo-classicism, gritty funk and pulverizing rock rhythms, this ensemble is unhampered by stylistic boundaries. Combining infectious melodies, driving momentum, heady call and response, inventive arrangements and furious collective improvisation, A Discontinuous Line demonstrates why the V5 has been Vandermark's most enduring ensemble."-Troy Collins, AAJ
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