Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love: Dual Pleasure 2 (2005)
A clean drumkit fanfare opens "Train Hits the Station, joined by the big raw-edged tenor. Vandermark pours on the passion with multiphonics and funk, Nilssen-Love dealing an astonishing array of rhythms. After that power workout, the subtle and mysterious "Finish Wood rolls in like mist with Vandermark playing thoughtfully on bass clarinet and Nilssen-Love maintaining a busy whisper with brushes. "Never Leave Well Enough Alone brings the tenor back for a hard ride, Nilssen-Love busily casting rhythm webs for Vandermark's dance. Bass clarinet pops and Nilssen-Love's lightning open "Short Terminal. A whirling, swirling melody line blows open with a hailstorm of beats. "There is Nothing Left to Break passes as a tenor ballad, with Nilssen-Love busy.
The live disc explodes on "Stray Dog, Vandermark playing with gloves off, flat-out intensity. While his subdued playing on the studio CD sometimes contrasts with the dexterous multi-beat drumming, here the two musicians mine the same vein, playing for their lives. They shift down two-thirds of the way through, and Vandermark switches to bass clarinet for an a capella outro. "Double Weight begins with solo clarinet, but soon enough Vandermark's flame-throwing tenor reappears. A gorgeous bass clarinet ballad, "As It Goes, closes the side.
The Vandermark/Nilssen-Love combination again generates too much music for two people, designing a program that varies in mood and texture but remains stable in excellence.
Track Listing: Disc 1: Train Hits The Station; Finish Wood; Look Left; Never Leave Well Enough Alone; Nice & Dry; Short Terminal; Non Chilled; Living Kills; There Is Nothing Left To Break. Disc 2: Stray Dog; Double Weight; As It Goes.
Personnel: Ken Vandermark: reeds; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums.
Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
Style: Modern Jazz