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The Swedish AALY with Mats Gustafsson, Kjell Nordeson and Ingebrigt Haker Flaten meet the Chicago based DKV with Ken Vandermark, Kent Kessler and Hamid Drake for three extended and awe-inspiring recordings.

Double Or Nothing

AALY / DKV Trio: Double Or Nothing (Okka)
Label: Okka    
Released in: USA    

"Double or Nothing documents a meeting that was bound to happen, as likeminded and closely connected as these groups are. The Swedish AALY and Chicago DKV are both fiery powerhouse trios with a penchant for covering Albert Ayler and Don Cherry when not playing tunes of their own. DKV member Ken Vandermark has also joined AALY on each of that group's four albums. The result is what fans would expect, but no more. With AALY heard in the left channel and DKV in the right, the album opens with a recording of Vandermark's "Left to Right," which predates the version found on AALY's 2000 release, I Wonder if I Was Screaming. This time around, it kicks off with a five-minute drum duo by Kjell Nordeson and Hamid Drake. The rest of the album consists of a particularly dynamic performance -- ranging from sparsely quiet to shredding -- of Ayler's "Angels," a Vandermark favorite, which leads without break into Cherry's "Awake Nu." Both Mats Gustafsson and DKV would separately revisit "Awake Nu" in the next couple of years; these versions can be heard on The Thing (Crazy Wisdom, 2001) and Trigonometry (Okkadisk, 2002)."-Joslyn Layne, All Music

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Product Information:

UPC: 786497509720

Label: Okka
Catalog ID: od12035
Squidco Product Code: 8459

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Recorded on September 23rd, 1999 at Airwave Studios, Chicago by John McCortney.


Mats Gustafsson-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone

Kjell Nordeson-drums

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-bass

Hamid Drake-drums

Kent Kessler-bass

Ken Vandermark-Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone

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Track Listing:

1. Left To Right 13:18

2. Angels 21:12

3. Awake Nu 17:07