The V5-plus-two plays Vandermark 5 music, with the exception of one track from Broo, banking on the now patented Vandermark structured compositions that give way to plenty of soloing. The lineup of V5 with Fred Lonberg-Holm
is no longer new, the cellist fitting nicely into the band's structure for several albums at this point.
Heard here, this special edition draws music from three previous V5 recordsAnnular Gift (Not Two, 2009), Beat Reader (Atavistic, 2008), and the LP-only Four Sides to the Story (Not Two, 2006)plus a new track, "Green Mill Tilter," which opens the second disc as a sort of Leonard Bernstein
. Like any good Vandermark piece, the music is marked by organized horn sections and embellished soloing.
The modernity of this work calls for standing back and absorbing the music as a whole, and inspect pieces and parts for their individual beauty. Indeed, Vandermark writes with simple beauty on "Early Color," with a delicacy and grace that opens up solos from Wiik, Lonberg-Holm, Broo, and drummer Timothy Daisy
. He also rocks the house with "Cement," which opens with Daisy's solo and then rolls like an over-the-road trucker with heavy beats and swinging solos from others in the expanded group.
With the inclusion of Wiik and Broo, the Vandermark 5 never skips a beat and delivers a very solid effort.
Track Listing: CD1: Friction; Some Not All; New Weather; Second Marker; CD2:
Cadmium Orange; The Ship is Gone; Green Mill Tilter; Desireless; Early
Color; Cement; Nameless.
Personnel: Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet; Kent Kessler: bass; Fred
Lonberg-Holm: cello; Dave Rempis: alto and baritone saxophone;
Tim Daisy: drums; Magnus Broo: trumpet; Håvard Wiik: piano.