by Mark Corroto
You can certainly find plenty of heady intellectual discussion surrounding Ken Vandermark's Territory Band. He has taken the concepts of jazz and European music and interlaced them with composed and improvised music. (Was that last statement redundant?) In doing so, Vandermark continues the argument begun the day Louis Armstrong played a familiar march his own way." While Stanley Crouch has made a career telling us what jazz isn't, Vandermark continues to open our ears to what it can be.read more
by Rex Butters
Ken Vandermark's fourth collection with the Territory Band, Company Switch, continues to mine ideas too big for the Vandermark 5. Lasse Marhaug, who replaces Kevin Drumm on electronics, seems more inclined to contribute color and texture to the ensemble's experimentation. Given Vandermark's imagination and the assembly of musicians, sparks fly and vast amounts of musical landscape are covered on this two-disc set.
Crackly loops approximate fire that explodes into electrical noise on the opening Killing Floor. The rhythm section rises ...read more
by Germein Linares
Ken Vandermark's ongoing Territory Band makes its third appearance on Map Theory, a sprawling and challenging album of six tunes. The large group format (twelve musicians strong) and the crew's like-minded atmosphere make for ample freedoms, producing refreshing music most of the time, with occasional lapses into noise and chaos.
Each of the six originals by Vandermark have dedications to other artists, past and present, as well as one selection, Framework," for Vandermark's brother Rob, a bicycle manufacturer. The opening ...read more