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DKV Trio: Baraka (Okka)

1997 studio recordings from the trio of drummer Hamid Drake (D), bassist Kent Kessler (K) and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark (V), superb free improvisation from the fertile Chicago scene during the early years of a project that now has nearly two decades of remarkable history.
 

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UPC: B00005Q21H

Label: Okka
Catalog ID: od12012
Squidco Product Code: 19434

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Uberstudio, in Chicago, Illinois, on February 17th, 18th and 19th, 1997, by Brendan Burke.


Personnel:

Ken Vandermark-reeds

Hamid Drake-drums

Kent Kessler-bass

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track listing:


1. Double Holiday 10:46

2. Soft Gamma Ray Repeater 8:14

3. Baraka 35:58

4. Figure It Out 7:17

5. Consequence 9:27





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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"A simple superlative: DKV Trio is the best working band in Chicago jazz. That's no small feat considering that its members work in lot of other combinations. Assembled in 1994 by reedman Ken Vandermark specifically for his recording project Standards (Quinnah), the group forged an instant bond that mandated further investigation. Drummer Hamid Drake never fails to provide a spark and when he and bassist Kent Kessler get on the good foot you can expect a bonfire.

Where many free groups avoid funky swinging or melodic materials DKV eagerly embraces them. The trio's open-ended, sometimes set-length improvisations unfold in sections: Drake and Kessler might set up a cyclical groove for Vandermark to dive into or soar above, then an insistent bass clarinet ostinato might free up the bassist to take one of his superb arco solos after which Drake might suddenly kick out a Max Roach high hat jam or hit the ground running with some infectious Afro-pop polyrhythms or reggae snare-centricity.

All three players are respectful listeners cresting space and letting the music breathe but challenging each other as well. Kessler benefits greatly from this simultaneous relaxation and prodding, turning in consistently original performances. And Vandermark, already well-known as a firebrand, is quickly emerging as one of the finest young balladeers to tote a tenor. This selling allows him ample room to dip deep into both bags. Each time out DKV invents a new context where daring exploration and pure corporeal pleasure shake hands and get down to business."- John Corbett, Chicago Reader


Artist Biographies:

"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/)
5/16/2017

"Hamid Drake (born August 3, 1955) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist. He lives in Chicago, IL but spends a great deal of time touring worldwide. By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in jazz and avant improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free-jazz improvisers. Drake also has performed world music; by the late 70s, he was a member of Foday Musa Suso's Mandingo Griot Society and has played reggae throughout his career.

Drake has worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, pianist Herbie Hancock, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Archie Shepp and David Murray and bassists Reggie Workman and William Parker (in a large number of lineups)

He studied drums extensively, including eastern and Caribbean styles. He frequently plays without sticks; using his hands to develop subtle commanding undertones. His tabla playing is notable for his subtlety and flair. Drake's questing nature and his interest in Caribbean percussion led to a deep involvement with reggae."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamid_Drake)
5/16/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
DEK Trio (Ken Vandermark / Elisabeth Harnik / Didi Kern)
Burning Below Zero
(Trost Records)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Song Sentimentale [VINYL]
(Otoroku)
Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two Records)
Vandermark, Ken
Site Specific [2 CDs + BOOK]
(Audiographic Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
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Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
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For Those Who Are, Still [3 CD BOX]
(Aum Fidelity)
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark)
Western Automatic
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Resistance
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Wooley, Nate / Ken Vandermark
East By Northwest
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
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Made to Break
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A Night in November
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(Trost Records)
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Pescado
(Okka)
Vandermark's, Ken Topology Nonet w/ Joe McPhee
Impressions of Po Music
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Made to Break
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Made to Break (Daisy / Hoff / Kurzmann / Vandermark)
Provoke
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Albert, Jeff' Instigation Quartet
The Tree On The Mound
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Revis, Eric's 11:11,
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Passages - A Road Record: Woodstock - New York - Chicago - Los Angeles
(RogueArt)
Double Tandem (Vandermark/ Baars / Nilssen-Love)
OX
(Den Records)
Lytton / Wooley + Ikue Mori and Ken Vandermark
The Nows [2 CDs]
(Clean Feed)
Fields, Scott
Five Frozen Eggs
(Clean Feed)
Morris, Joe
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)
Platform 1
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Double Tandem (Baars / Vandermark / Nilssen-Love)
Cement
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Sonore
OTO
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Chicago Trio (Dawkins / Bankhead / Drake)
Velvet Songs (To Baba Fred Anderson) [2 CDs]
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Full Blast & Friends
Sketches & Ballads
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Drake, Hamid & Bindu
Reggaeology
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Artifact iTi
Live in St. Johann
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Only The Devil Has No Dreams
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Bandwidth 3CD
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Frame Quartet (Vandermark / Daisy / Lonberg-Holm / McBride)
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Missing Link
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Anaya
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Alive In Lisbon [DVD]
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Morris, Joe / Vandermark, Ken / Gray, Luther
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Parker, William Double Quartet
Alphaville Suite: Music Inspired by the Jean Luc Godard film
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Swimming In A Galaxy Of Goodwill And Sorrow
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Vandermark, Ken / Karayorgis, Pandelis
Foreground Music
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4 Corners (Vandermark / Lane / Broo / Nilssen-Love)

(Clean Feed)
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Montage
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Live at Glenn Miller Cafe: Soul Bodies Volume 2
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Sound Unity
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Grimes, Henry Trio
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Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
(RogueArt)
Jerman / Barnes
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
(IDEA Intermedia)
Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)
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Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec)
Rara Avis
(Not Two Records)
Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
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Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
An International Report [VINYL]
(Audiographic Records)
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Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
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(RogueArt)
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Vandermark, Ken / Fred Lonberg-Holm
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East By Northwest
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
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A Night in November
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(Trost Records)
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Made to Break (Daisy / Hoff / Kurzmann / Vandermark)
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(Clean Feed)
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