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Ken Vandermark

For the past 20 years, Ken Vandermark has been exploring and working to expand the possibilities of improvised and composed music in North America and Europe. Since moving to Chicago from Boston in 1989, he's performed and recorded in a variety of contexts, and with many internationally renowned musicians. Past groups of significance include the NRG Ensemble, the DKV Trio, AALY, FME, the Vandermark Quartet, Spaceways Inc., School Days, Cinghiale, Witches & Devils, Steam, and Caffeine. Currently, the majority of his work as a composer and improviser has been directed toward the Vandermark 5, Powerhouse Sound, the Frame Quartet, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Sonore, and separate duos with the percussionists Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, the Territory Band, CINC, and Free Fall

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Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley: Known/Unknown

Read "Known/Unknown" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The duo of Paul Lytton and Nate Wooley invites the listener to accompany them down the proverbial rabbit hole, entering a land similar to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Like Alice's trip through the looking glass, reality (conventional music making) is subverted to produce a disorienting situation. Known/Unknown is the third release from the duo, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto

Read "New Music from Gil, Vandermark, and Yamamoto" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This show brings together an eclectic mix of releases from 2019.The featured album is from exciting Spanish guitarist Arnua Gil whose debut bridges the divide between rock and jazz with ease.There is also music from Ken Vandermark's first large ensemble recording in more than four years. The band is called Entr'acte and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Swell / Robert Boston / Michael Vatcher: Brain In A Dish

Read "Brain In A Dish" reviewed by John Sharpe

It is hard to think of a more complete trombone player on the scene than Steve Swell. While a go-to sideman for the likes of William Parker, Ken Vandermark, Jason Kao Hwang and Tim Daisy, he has also amassed a significant body of work over the years in his own right. Although his output has featured ...

F4 Fake

Label: Trost Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Aäton (For Orson Wells); Meccano Number 7 (for Julio Cortazar); Agora (For Zelia Barbosa).

Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 (Box Set)

Label: Audiographic Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: CD1 Paul Lytton: ESS 1A; ESS 1B; ESS 1C; ESS 1D; ESS 1E; ESS 1F. CD2 Ikue Mori: Stone 1A; Stone 1B. CD 3 Kris Davis: Stone 2A; Stone 2B; Stone 2C. CD 4 William Parker: Stone 3A; Stone 3B; Eventual (Written for Sunny Murray). CD 5 Hamid Drake: ESS 2A; ESS 2B; ESS 2C; ESS 2D; ESS 2E; ESS 2F.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mats Aleklint/Per-Ake Holmlander/Paal Nilssen-Love: Fish & Steel

Read "Fish & Steel" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

PNL Records was started in 2007 by Norwegian jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love to release his recordings as a solo artist, with his big band Large Unit, and in collaborations with other artists. Fish & Steel is the self-titled debut from the trio of trombonist Mats Åleklint, tuba player Per-Äke Holmlander, and Nilssen-Love. All three are part ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More

Read "Rantzer, Ballantyne, Millaci, Tonbruket and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

At the heart of this week's show are albums by Tito Mangialajo Rantzer and Andy Ballantyne both of which include dedications to famous jazz musicians. Amongst other material there is also new music from Giuseppe Millaci & Vogue Trio and Tonbruket. Playlist Tito Mangialajo Rantzer “After Sam" from Dedications (Solista Records) 00:00 Andy ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...


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