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Ken Vandermark


 
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark):
Western Automatic

(Aerophonic -- USA )



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Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz.

Made to Break: Cherchez la Femme
Made to Break:
Cherchez la Femme

(Trost Records -- Austria )



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The quartet of Ken Vandermark on saxes, Christof Kurzmann on electronics, Devin Hoff on bass and Tim Daisy on drums trace women's influence on contemporary art, especially music, painting and photography, through 3 incredible examples of modern jazz.

Made to Break: Lacerba [VINYL]
Made to Break:
Lacerba [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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The electroacoustic quartet of Christof Kurzmann (electronics), Devin Hoff (bass), Ken Vandermark (reeds) and Tim Daisy (drums) performing live in Lisbon, an innovative and significant band developing new languages for improvisation.

Platform 1: Takes Off
Platform 1:
Takes Off

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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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.

Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c: Pipeline
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c:
Pipeline

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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In 2000, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and curator John Corbett organized a 16-piece free music big-band featuring key members of the Chicago and Swedish scenes, recording these two impressive, ecstatic, and explosive works.

Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson: Verses
Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson:
Verses

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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Surprisingly after long partnerships with Peter Brotzmann's Tentet and the saxophone trio Sonore, this is the first time that Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson have recorded as a duo, here in 6 incredible improvisations balancing technique, power, and beauty.

Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal
Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )



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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Lean Left: Live At Area Sismica
Lean Left:
Live At Area Sismica

(Unsounds -- Netherlands )



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The amazing combination of Ex guitarists Terrie Ex and Andy Moor with drummer Paal Nilssen-love and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark in their 5th release, a live album from Italy showing the aggressive and exuberantly determined band in excellent form.

Lean Left (The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo): Live at Cafe Oto
Lean Left (The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo):
Live at Cafe Oto

(Unsounds -- Netherlands )



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An explosive mix of rock, jazz, noise and free improv when the guitarists from The Ex (Terrie Ex, Andy Moor) come together with Ken Vandermark (saxophone, clarinet) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) for their 3rd inspired release.

Power Trio (Raon / Sa / Martins): Di Lontan
Power Trio (Raon / Sa / Martins):
Di Lontan

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Guitarist Luis Jose Martins and pianist Joana Sa, known from their Shhpuma release "Almost a Song" and a release on Creative Sources, join again with harpist Eduardo Raon, with two Shhpuma releases, for a delicately complex, effervescent, and sometimes turbulent release.

Brown Trio, Rob : Sounds
Brown Trio, Rob :
Sounds

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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"After a free jazz investment for many years, now something entirely different. Avant-garde? Composer / improviser Rob Brown says it's an irrelevant categorization nowadays. Instead of the conventional sax-bass-drums combo of the New Thi...

Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec): Rara Avis
Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec):
Rara Avis

(Not Two -- Poland )



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Chicago multi-reedist Ken Vandermark in a quintet with Italian musicians Stefano Ferrian (tenor saxophone), Simone Quatrana (piano), Luca Pissavini (double bass), and SEC_ (Revox tape recorder, instant sound treatment) in an uninhibited live concert in 2013 at Dragon Club in Poland.

Jerman / Barnes: Versatile Ambience [VINYL]
Jerman / Barnes:
Versatile Ambience [VINYL]

(IDEA Intermedia -- USA )



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Without referencing typical genre or style, the collaboration of sound artists Tim Barnes and Jeph Jerman moves a step forward with this 45 RPM LP release of texture and atmosphere, with assistance from Ken Vandermark, Jacob Duncan, Aaron Michael Bulter, Sara Saltau & Bret Berry.

Revis, Eric: Sing Me Some Cry
Revis, Eric:
Sing Me Some Cry

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Double Bassist Eric Revis expands his concepts in this outstanding album with fellow New Yorkers, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Chad Taylor, and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on tenor saxophone, with all four players providing compositions that push the limit on structure and form while opening up the players to superb soloing settings of great modern jazz.

Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark: Invitation To A Dream
Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark:
Invitation To A Dream

(Astral Spirits -- USA )



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An excellent album of informed free improvisation in the debut of this masterful trio of legendary musicians spread across the US--Joe McPhee on soprano sax & pocket trumpet [NY], Ken Vandermark on tenor sax & clarinet [Chicago], and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar [Texas], a profound album from assertive to introspective playing in seven captivating collective improvisations.

Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon
Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg:
Largest Afternoon

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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Bringing together Chicago's long partnership of saxophonists Joe McPhee and Ken Vandermark with frequent Vandermark collaborator, drummer Phil Sudderberg, and New York guitarist Arto Lindsay, meeting on a winter afternoon in a Chicago studio to record these fifteen collective, freely improvised conversations of intense energy, unexpected twists and turns, and brilliant playing.

Vandermark, Ken: The Field Within a Line (Black Cross Solo Sessions 1)
Vandermark, Ken:
The Field Within a Line (Black Cross Solo Sessions 1)

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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One of Corbett vs. Dempsey's Black Cross Solo Sessions, Ken Vandermark recorded these twelve succinct, insightful and technically superb solo recordings at his home during pandemic lockdowns, part of a new book of compositions for solo reed instruments, each piece dedicated to an artist across multiple disciplines, including Joe McPhee, Anthony Braxton, Samuel Beckett, &c.

Vandermark, Ken / Hamid Drake: Eternal River [VINYL]
Vandermark, Ken / Hamid Drake:
Eternal River [VINYL]

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Focused on the music of Don Cherry and recorded at Corbett vs. Dempsey's gallery space on the closing day of an exhibit of art by Cherry's partner Moki Cherry (whose tapestry "Spirit" is the LP's cover) this concert finds drummer Hamid Drake, who lived with the Cherry family in Sweden, and Ken Vandermark on tenor sax, reworking medleys of Cherry's tunes from across his discography.

Powerdove: Bitter Banquet
Powerdove:
Bitter Banquet

(fo'c'sle -- USA )



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Keyboardist Annie Lewandowski (London Improvisers Orchestra, Fred Frith, Samech) composed this song cycle about ancient Greek figures in collaboration with David Yearsley, Theresa Wong and Russell Greenberg, poetic pieces contrasting traditional use of instruments with subtle experimental approaches in a unique and fascinating set of compositional strategies.

NRG Ensemble (directed by Mars Williams): Hold That Thought
NRG Ensemble (directed by Mars Williams):
Hold That Thought

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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The 1st of three archival albums from saxophonist Mars Williams' vaults, this 1996 concert in Utrecht with the NRG Ensemble--the band that Williams' carried forward after Hal Russell's passing in 1992--in an unrestrained concert of original material from Williams and fellow saxophonist Ken Vandermark, with Kent Kessler on bass, Steve Hunt on drums, and Brian Sandstrom on bass, guitar & trumpet.



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Revis, Eric: Sing Me Some Cry

Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark: Invitation To A Dream

Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic

Lindsay, Arto / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark / Phil Sudderberg: Largest Afternoon

Rara Avis (Ken Vandermark / Stefano Ferrian / Simone Quatrana / Luca Pissavini / Sec): Rara Avis

Lean Left: Live At Area Sismica

Vandermark, Ken: The Field Within a Line (Black Cross Solo Sessions 1)

NRG Ensemble (directed by Mars Williams): Hold That Thought

Power Trio (Raon / Sa / Martins): Di Lontan

Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c: Pipeline

Vandermark, Ken / Hamid Drake: Eternal River [VINYL]

Lean Left (The Ex guitars meet Nilssen-Love/Vandermark Duo): Live at Cafe Oto

Jerman / Barnes: Versatile Ambience [VINYL]

Powerdove: Bitter Banquet

Made to Break: Cherchez la Femme

Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson: Verses

Platform 1: Takes Off

Made to Break: Lacerba [VINYL]

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