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The Resonance Ensemble: Kafka In Flight

Read "Kafka In Flight" reviewed by John Sharpe

It may subvert expectations to note that the “resonance" in this group's name is with the big bands of the 1940s and '50s, rather than any forbidding improv austerity. Kafka In Flight, the third release by Chicago reedman/composer Ken Vandermark's multinational aggregation, follows the Live In Lviv (Not Two, 2008) LP and eponymous ten-CD set (Not Two, 2009), which announced their presence on the wider stage with some chutzpah. In the liners, Vandermark attributes his enduring attachment to writing for ...

ALBUM REVIEW

The Resonance Ensemble: Kafka in Flight

Read "Kafka in Flight" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Until the formation of The Resonance Ensemble in 2007, Ken Vandermark's writing for large ensembles had been limited to his electro-acoustic Territory Band and Peter Brötzmann's sprawling free jazz Chicago Tentet. With this 10-man group, he succeeds in what he works so very hard at with the Vandermark 5. Like V5, his working band, he is able to integrate his passion for collaboration and orchestration with an individual musician's voice. Formed in Krakow for a jazz series at ...


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