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A first and exceptional release from the Platform 1 quintet of Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark, NY trombonist Steve Swell, European trumpeter Magnus Broo, Canadian ex-pat bassist Joe Williamson, and Amsterdamn based drummer Michael Vatcher.

Platform 1
Takes Off

Platform 1: Takes Off (Clean Feed)
Label: Clean Feed    
Released in: Portugal    

"Ken Vandermark can be a musician of many projects, but even the name "Platform 1" indicates that this is not simply one more band in his career. The title of the group's first album prepares you for what's coming with a bang- the sonic assault of this quintet is like the lift off of a rocket. Their music is the burning free bop you would expect from the people gathered here: Swedish Magnus Broo, a direct heir to trumpeters like Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan; American trombonist Steve Swell, a disciple of Roswell Rudd and the great cutting edge tradition he represents; Canadian, though now living in Stockholm, Joe Williamson, one of the most important double bassists working today in Europe; American, but for many years established in Amsterdam, Michael Vatcher, a drummer with extraordinary skills and exceptional groove. An American saxophonist and clarinetist influenced by the creative histories of both the States and Europe, Vandermark couldn't find better partners for the cosmic journey they've now started. Here they go, swinging throughout the planets and the stars..."-Clean Feed

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063002553

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 255
Squidco Product Code: 16357

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded in Coimbra, Portugal at the Salao Brazil on May 27th and 28th, 2011 by Joao Serigado Miranda.


Magnus Broo-trumpet

Steve Swell-trombone

Ken Vandermark-tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet

Michael Vatcher-drums

Joe Williamson-bass

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Track Listing:

1. Tempest/2A>2B 7:13

2. Portal #33 6:53

3. Stations 10:33

4. Dim Eyes 8:57

5. Compromising Emanations 8:56

6. Deep Beige/For Derek's Kids 13:39

7. In Between Chairs 9:04