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Made To Break: F4 Fake

Read "F4 Fake" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If you count their three download-only releases from 2016, F4 Fake by Ken Vandermark's Made To Break is the band's ninth release since forming in 2011. This is significant because like his quintet Vandermark 5, which existed from 1996 until 2010, this quartet and his ensemble Marker are the main drivers for the trailblazing composer. Not to say his solo work and duos with musicians such as Paal Nilssen-Love, Nate Wooley, and Tim Daisy aren't also growth rings in his ...

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Made To Break: Before The Code

Read "Before The Code" reviewed by Mark Corroto

No band has ever attempted to bridge the sounds of free improvisation, funk, and electronics before Ken Vandermark formed the quartet Made To Break. The groups fourth release Before The Code pushes the musical envelope a bit more into the stratosphere, maybe even into the musical mesosphere. The saxophonist and composer whose credits include the seminal bands Vandermark 5, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Resonance Ensemble, and Audio One, to name just four of his multiplicity of current and ...

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Made To Break: Cherchez La Femme

Read "Cherchez La Femme" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Conceived in 2011, the electric/acoustic ensemble Made To Break has had the opportunity to tour and evolve as an improvising unit. The result, their third disc recorded in 2013, Cherchez La Femme reveals a truly engaged band. That statement wouldn't be unexpected if we were talking about a rock group or a jazz band for that matter, but Made To Break is a working improvisational group. Credit, of course, goes to master organizer Ken Vandermark, a saxophonist who ...


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