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Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown

This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Musical Portrait of Ken Vandermark

Read "A Musical Portrait of Ken Vandermark" reviewed by Centro d'Arte Padova

For our second contribution to All About Jazz's Mixcloud column, we introduce a mixtape series that we've curated since 2016, entitled “50/50." Through these selections we aim to present a comprehensive overview of the artists invited to play at Centro d'Arte through a mix of their music, curated by us, and of music that inspires them, ...


Article: Album Review

The Vandermark 5: Annular Gift

Read "Annular Gift" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The Vandermark 5's Annular Gift is its most accessible and swinging recording to date. Recorded live (one reason) in Krakow, Poland, the quintet has come together (reason two) as a true aggregate of players. This is their fifteenth official release (there have been some CD-Rs and compilation discs) and third for the Polish label Not Two. ...


Article: Album Review

Atomic: Retrograde

Read "Retrograde" reviewed by John Kelman

Plenty has been written about the intersection--past and present--between members of the Swedish/Norwegian collective Atomic, and Chicago's Ken Vandermark's countless projects. Most telling, perhaps, is this simple fact: were Atomic American-based, there's little doubt it would garner similar accolades from a considerably larger audience unafraid of the kind of fearless experimentation that's been the quintet's signature ...




Featuring the music of The Vandermark 5
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The Vandermark 5 performing the composition "Vehicle" from their 2005 CD, The Color of Memory.

Article: Album Review

The Vandermark 5: A Discontinuous Line

Read "A Discontinuous Line" reviewed by Nic Jones

Ken Vandermark could never be accused of wasting time, and while this particular documentation of his music lacks the rarefied air of his work with the SIA trio from earlier in 2006, this programme comes from an aesthetically different place. Vandermark's artistry is far from mono-dimensional. Also, the dynamics of the V5 are of a radically ...


Article: Album Review

The Vandermark 5: A Discontinuous Line

Read "A Discontinuous Line" reviewed by John Kelman

Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark has seen a number of personnel changes in his decade-old flagship group, the Vandermark 5. But when charter member Jeb Bishop left last year, Vandermark made the decision not to replace him with another trombonist. The Color of Memory (Atavistic, 2005) stands, as a result, as a high point and watershed mark ...


Article: Album Review

The Vandermark 5: A Discontinuous Line

Read "A Discontinuous Line" reviewed by Troy Collins

A Discontinuous Line is the first studio recording of the new incarnation of the Vandermark 5, Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Ken Vandermark's most enduring and versatile ensemble. The Vandermark 5 has been an acoustic quintet since trombonist/guitarist Jeb Bishop dropped the electric instrument from his arsenal in 2001, taking his final leave last year. With the arrival of ...


Article: Album Review

The Vandermark 5: Free Jazz Classics Vols. 3 & 4

Read "Free Jazz Classics Vols. 3 & 4" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Terzo e quarto volume della serie Free Jazz Classics, originariamente abbinati come “bonus disc" alle prime copie degli ultimi due dischi in studio dei Vandermark 5 con ancora il trombonista Jeb Bishop in formazione, qui riuniti in un doppio come fu per i loro fratelli maggiori, questi “percorsi" di rilettura del repertorio di Sonny Rollins e ...


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