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Extraordinary Popular Delusions: Apocryphal Fire in the Warehouse, and Other Explanations

Read "Apocryphal Fire in the Warehouse, and Other Explanations" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The hit-and-miss improvisation of Extraordinary Popular Delusions has to be admired. The quartet's instant composing (or group improvisation) often begins like a psychodynamic free association, with the players relaying whatever comes into their minds. This music making without the censorship of preplanning or forethought can yield gems or germs.

EPD band, whose previous ...

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Territory Band: Collide

Read "Collide" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Collide is Ken Vandermark's sixth release for his transatlantic small big band (or is it a large small group?) of American jazz meets European improvisers. Unlike the prior sessions, this disc is comprised of a single composition, divided into five parts.



The Territory Band has, at its core, players who execute Vandermark's ...

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Territory Band-5: New Horse For The White House

Read "New Horse For The White House" reviewed 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." ...

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Territory Band: Company Switch

Read "Company Switch" reviewed 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 ...

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Territory Band: Map Theory

Read "Map Theory" reviewed 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 ...