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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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Ray Russell Plus New Releases From Ears&Eyes

Read "Ray Russell Plus New Releases From Ears&Eyes" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature a selection of mostly new releases including the recent one from guitar legend Ray Russell who has enjoyed two distinct careers: one as an esteemed session player and award-winning film and television composer, another as an ingenious guitar experimentalist and free-thinking collaborator. There are also some new albums from the ears&eyes label ...

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The Thing with Joe McPhee: She Knows...

Read "She Knows..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

After nearly three dozen releases over seventeen years, it was announced in 2019 that the trio The Thing would be on a hiatus from touring and recording. This garage punk jazz trio has carried the flame of Black Flag's get-in-the-van philosophy, traveling and recording with the likes of Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Otomo Yoshihide, Neneh Cherry, ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Ken Vandermark

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ken Vandermark

All About Jazz is celebrating Ken Vandermark's birthday today! 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eric Revis: Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Read "Slipknots Through a Looking Glass" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Bassist Eric Revis typically has so many ideas in play that it's virtually impossible for him to limit himself to one ensemble at a time. This is one of the reasons why he's used a variety of groups over the years to deliver his music. His trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Andrew Cyrille released ...

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Michelangelo Scandroglio e Simone Quatrana a Empoli Jazz 2020

Read "Michelangelo Scandroglio e Simone Quatrana a Empoli Jazz 2020" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Michelangelo Scandroglio Quintetto e Simone Quatrana Piano Solo Empoli Jazz 2020 Empoli Giardino del Torrione di S. Brigida 6.8.2020 Empoli Jazz ha pervicacemente resistito alle misure restrittive post-pandemia e--pur con posti ridotti e minori date--non ha abdicato alla sua edizione 2020, che presentava in chiusura un doppio concerto, che aveva ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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, ...

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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).


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