ADAM LANE / KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / PAAL NILSEEN-LOVE
4 Corners

[Cleanfeed Records, www.cleanfeed-records.com]

(((POWERHOUSE SOUND)))
Oslo / Chicago: Breaks

[Atavistic, www.atavistic.com]

The train named Vandermark keeps rolling and rolling. With each new season, there are plenty of new recordings from the man to satiate our tastes. A bit from the old continent and a bit from the new, "4 Corners" release gives us the always reliable team of Vandermark on reeds, percussionist Paal Nilseen-Love, trumpeter Magnus Broo and bassist Adam Lane. Composition-wise, the session belongs to Vandermark and Lane as they split their creative forces in half. Personally, Vandermark is killer on bass clarinet. Just to hear him wail like a madman makes me want to scream out like a little boy salivating over an unopened birthday gift. The blaring moments come when trumpeter Magnus Broo screams rigid blasts. Together with Vandermark, the two create a mean, solid wall of barraging noise. Sure, melodies exist, but I'm excited about the sheer freedom that is so evident in this music. Adam Lane's delivery is riff-heavy and he's not afraid to use the distortion pedal in large doses. This only leaves the others in a position to up the ante and play even harder. Some have called percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love an octopus, for his ability to work out so many rhythmic patterns all at once. Here, his playing is free and unconstrained but he's also structured. As loose as he gets, he retains a sense of order that is sometimes needed to bring the others into tow. Wonderfully rewarding record from the very beginning to its dying breath. The idea seemed simple. Take two different ensembles - one in Oslo and the other one in Chicago - and see how the same material will sound when played by each. Over a two disc span, Ken Vandermark's new project (((Powerhouse Sound))) explores the possibilities that come about when varied instrumentation is used to play exact same compositions. Is it the vibe individual musicians have with each other that brings about an excitement in the music or is it the leader's persistent vision that makes the music gel? Truth is, Vandermark wanted to explore the composition from the bass on up. How is it that the bass shapes the compositional aspect? The first disc recorded in Oslo [mistakenly referred to as Olso on the face of the CD] features Vandermark on tenor, Ingebrigt Haker Flater and Nate McBride both playing electric bass, Lasse Marhaug on electronics and Paal Nilssen-Love on percussion. No matter how you try, Marhaug's contribution can't be ignored. If anything, his off-key metallic scrapes liven things up. Both Flater and McBride take turns at establishing a firm rhythm, one that is only broken by Nilssen-Love's continuing powerhouse juncture. Once again, he's heavy on the cymbals though the rest of his drum set gets quite a work out. He's even allowed to take brief solos! Vandermark is all muscle, blowing hailstorms that build up in intensity from one track to the next. Some of these sounds in fact remind me of Sonny Sharrock's late 80's projects with a keyboard player, though Marhaug's contribution here is much more refined and off the map. Chicago disc sees the return of Nate McBride on electric bass, who is joined by guitarist Jeff Parker, percussionist John Herndon and of course Vandermark on tenor. This time around, the pieces sound more scorching. Jeff Parker alone should be credited with changing the sound of the quartet. His crunchy guitar chops and extended fuzzy motifs drive the quartet forward into a rock idiom. McBride is as solid as he was on the first disc, save for the fact that Herndon's beats are much more solid and straight-forward than Nilssen-Love's inventive rhythmic patterns on the previous disc. The leader sounds much more driven as well. It's as if he just became alive. He spews out continuing lines of lava that is as jagged as it is melodic. Hard bop rock rarely sounded this good. Highly recommended.

- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Anthony Braxton - Sextet (Victoriaville) 2005 / Roscoe Mitchell - Compositions/Improvisations Nos. 1,2 & 3
+ Älgarnas Trädgard - Framtiden ar ett svavande skepp, forankrat i forntiden
+ Henry Kaiser/Charles K. Noyes/Sang Won Park - Invite the Spirit 2006
+ My Cat Is An Alien - Il Suono Venuto Dallo Spazio
+ V.A. - Jukebox Buddha
+ Casio Casino Vs. Neville Attree - AAcid Code 8
+ Matthew Dear - Asa Breed
+ Vladislav Delay - Whistblower
+ Brian Ellis - Free Way
+ Thomas Fehlmann - Honigpumpe
+ Filewile - Nassau Massage
+ Andreas Heiszenberger - Ah
+ Kiko - Tragolta
+ Lawrence - Lowlights From The Past And Future
+ Hakan Lidbo & Alex Van Heerden - Simple
+ Montag - Going Places
+ People Press Play - People Press Play
+ Phonique - Good Idea
+ Porn Sword Tobacco - New Exclusive Olympic Heights
+ Rancho Relaxo Allstars - The Answer Is Yes
+ Rother Vs. Beliayeva - Roses Remix/Don't Worry Remix
+ September Collective - All The Birds Were Anarchist
+ Throbbing Gristle - Endless Not
+ Tied & Tickled Trio - Aelita
+ Death Vessel - Stay Close
+ Apparat - Walls

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+ COR FUHLER - Stengam
+ MAD JUANA - Acoustic Voodoo
+ MARISSA NADLER - Songs III: Bird on the Water
+ AXEL DÖRNER/LUCIO CAPECE - Axel Dorner / Lucio Capece
+ SPOOKY - Open
+ DAVID S. WARE QUARTET - Renunciation
+ JUNE TABOR - Apples
+ PETER SCHARLI SPECIAL SEXTET - Hot Peace
+ BUFFALO AGE - Buffalo Age
+ JACKSON HARRISON TRIO - Land Tides
+ SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Lonelyville
+ RAN SLAVIN - The Wayward Regional Transmissions
+ ANTHONY BRAXTON & FRED FRITH - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 / WOLF EYES & ANTHONY BRAXTON - Black Vomit
+ CHILDREN OF THE STONES - The Bright Day is Gone / JOHN BUTCHER / CHRISTOF KURZMANN - The Big Misunderstanding Between Hertz and MegaHertz / FELIX WERDER - The Tempest / Electronic Music / ARTANKER CONVOY - Cozy Endings CD/DVD / ROB BROWN TRIO - Sounds / THE CHROME CRANKS - Diabolical Boogie (Singles, Demos & Rarities: 1992 B.C. - 1998 A.D.) / MATHON - Muntsulej / FERGUS KELLY - Material Evidence / TAO G. VRHOVEC SAMBOLEC / TOMAZ GROM - Tilt / WALKING BICYCLES - Walking Bicycles / UNITED BIBLE STUDIES - The Shore that Fears the Sea
+ PRIVACY - Without Mercy
+ PURE SOUND - Submarine
+ YABBY YOU - Deliver Me From My Enemies
+ TEXT OF LIGHT - Rotterdam.1
+ ENT - Fuck Work / URKUMA - Rebuilding Pantaleone's Tree / (ETRE) - A Post-Fordist Parade in the Strike of Events
+ GUTEVOLK - Tiny People Singing Over The Rainbow
+ ENRICO RAVA QUINTET - The Words and the Days / JOHN ABERCROMBIE - The Third Quartet / PAUL MOTIAN - Time and Time Again / FRANCOIS COUTURIER - Nostalghia - Song for Tarkovsky
+ MICHAEL FAHRES - The Tubes
+ ZMF TRIO - Circle the Path
+ GIANLUCA BECUZZI & FABIO ORSI - The Stones Know Everything
+ OV - Noctilucent Valleys
+ JIM DENLEY & SCOTT SINCLAIR - Gleanings
>> ADAM LANE / KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / PAAL NILSEEN-LOVE - 4 Corners / (((POWERHOUSE SOUND))) - Oslo / Chicago: Breaks
+ ANTONY MILTON - The End of This Short Road
+ DAVID LIEBMAN / RICHIE BEIRACH / RON McCLURE / BILLY HART - Redemption - Quest Live in Europe
+ KLIMA - Klima
+ ERSAHIN / TRUFFAZ / MADSEN / RUECHERT / PENMAN - Our Theory / WAX POETIC - Copenhagen
+ WILLIAM PARKER & HAMID DRAKE - First Communion & Piercing the Veil - Summer Snow
+ TILOMO - Soft Lunch / SECRET VOICES - No Time For Silence

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Techno dekathlon master - rozmowa z Hakan Lidbo