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Line-up:
Ken Vandermark - tenor sax & Bb clarinet
Dave Rempis - alto & tenor saxes
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello
Kent Kessler - bass
Tim Daisy - drums

Recorded:
live in concert at Alchemia, Krakow, Poland on March 14 and 15, 2009 by Michal Rosicki.

Mixed byBob Weston and Ken Vandermark at Chicago Mastering Service. Mastered by Bob Weston at CMS.

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(Not Two Records) One of the most adventurous and reliable outlets for avant-garde jazz. --Peter Margasak - Down Beat, October 2009

Working with Marek (NotTwo) is a pleasure because he puts the music and the musicians first. --Ken Vandermark - Down Beat, October 2009

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song Title Time Price
  1. Spiel (for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weil)20:32Album Only
  2. Table, Skull, and Bottles (for Bruno Johnson)10:49Album Only
  3. Early Color (for Saul Leiter)11:48Album Only
  4. Second Marker (for Ab Baars) 9:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Cement (for Michael Haberz)12:35Album Only
  6. Cadmium Orange (for Francis Bacon) 9:11$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NotTwo Records
  • ASIN: B002OFL43Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. GARRATT VINE VOICE on November 20, 2009
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
After too many delays, the new album by the Vandermark 5 is finally available for downloading. That's fortunate, because this lineup is too good to withhold to an exclusively Polish audience (the label Not Two is based in Poland and that seems to be where the CD is stocked).

Dave Rempis can match Ken Vandermark's playing superbly, I love how Fred Lonberg-Holm's cello can get distorted and scratchy at a moment's notice, and watching Tim Daisey play can be just nuts. And it would be a mistake for me not to mention Kent Kessler, who holds things down just as well as any bassist with whom Vandermark has played.

And if you've heard an album by the Vandermark 5 before (if you're reading this, you most likely have), then you know that Ken doesn't go with the formula of his elders when it comes to composition. For example, "Speil" gets things started with bass, drum and cello interplay...for the first two and a half minutes. Not the safest way to start an album, but I doubt these guys care. Tim Daisy takes even more time than that getting "Cement" rolling, but the groove that kicks in at 3:45 is pretty worth it. "Cadmium Orange," written in dedication to Francis Bacon, begins more abstractly than anything Bacon would have painted but somehow arrives at an even fiercer groove than its predecessor. Man, how does this stuff get here?

From Ken's head, yeah, I know. But how did it get there?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Cooper on February 7, 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Annular Gift" is a CD, recorded live, of all new material. Keeping the same lineup, the biggest change is that cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm is getting a very distorted, crunchy sound on the cello. The six long songs are all in the Vandermark style -- catchy riffs and aggressive sections mixed with free sections. A long 74-minute album, it lags in spots, but the group reels you back before too long. Tim Daisy takes a long and very good drum solo on "Cadmium Orange". This has to be in the top 5 of Vandermark 5 discs, and is highly recommended.
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By Diginet on May 25, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and bandleader Ken Vandermark has led his flagship ensemble, the Vandermark 5, through a decade's worth of personnel changes. Despite the band's rotating roster, the ensemble's sound has remained remarkably consistent. A powerhouse unit capable of serene delicacy as well as unfettered intensity, the quintet has won a legion of fans the world over for its uncompromising vision of contemporary creative improvised music.
(Troy Collins, All About Jazz)
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This is one of the finest working groups in jazz and their commitment to musical adventure remains as true today as ever. The dedications of the compositions seem to really inspire Vandermark and his companions to make thrilling and very enjoyable music.
(jazz and blues blogspot)
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Oh my, that price
It's not discontinued by manufacturer it's just not available from Amazon.

I suspect that it's really a 2-disc set -- it's a live concert recording from Krakow, Poland, released by the Krakow-based Not Two records.

I checked, and it's not yet available from the Jazz Loft or Downtown Music... Read More
Oct 2, 2009 by Autonomeus |  See all 7 posts
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