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The Ex join with European and Chicago jazz artists Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Ken Vandermark (sax), Wolter Wierbos (trombone) and Roy Paci (trumpet) for a hard-hitting album that fuses rock, improvisation, and African rhythms.

Ex, The & Brass Unbound
Enormous Door

Ex, The & Brass Unbound: Enormous Door (Fishtank/Konkurrent)
Label: Fishtank/Konkurrent    
Released in: Netherlands    

The Ex join with European and Chicago jazz artists Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Ken Vandermark (sax), Wolter Wierbos (trombone) and Roy Paci (trumpet) for a hard-hitting album that fuses rock, improvisation, and African rhythms.

Also available on vinyl LP.

"Born 1964 in Umeå, Northern Sweden.Saxplayer, improviser and composer. Solo artist and international tours and projects with a.o. Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O´Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshimi, Ken Vandermark and in working groups The Thing, FIRE!, Gush, Boots Brown, Swedish Azz and Fake (the facts). Large ensemble work with Barry Guy New Orchestra,FIRE! Orchestra and the NU - ensemble.over 1800 concerts and over 200 record productions in Europe, Australia, Africa, North & South America and Asia.Collaborations with contemporary dance, theater, art, poetry as well as projects with noise, electronica, contemporary rock and free jazz.Discaholic - running the discaholic corner website.Producer of international festivals and concert tours as well as work with own record labels Slottet, OlofBright Editions and Blue Tower Records."-Mats Gustafsson Website (

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 718752233927

Label: Fishtank/Konkurrent
Catalog ID: EX 138CD
Squidco Product Code: 17620

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Riccardo Parravicini at Posada Negro Studios, Lecce, Italy; June 4th and 5th, 2012. Mats Gustafsson was recorded at the Summa Studio in Stockholm by Johan Berthling, Andreas Werliin and Arnold de Boer on January 10th, 2013.


Andy Moor-guitar, baritone guitar

Terrie Hessels-guitar, baritone guitar

Arnold de Boer-vocals, guitar, sampler

Katherina Bornefeld-drums, vocals

Mats Gustafsson-baritone saxophone

Ken Vandermark-tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, clarinet

Wolter Wierbos-trombone

Roy Paci-trumpet

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Track Listing:

1. Last Famous Words 5:57

2. Every Sixth Is Cracked 6:30

3. Belomi Benna 4:36

4. Red Cow 3:30

5. Our Leaky Homes 4:24

6. Bicycle Illusion 7:06

7. We Are Made Of Places 5:22

8. Theme From Konono No.2 7:11