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Like Rays
Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark
Like Rays
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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The pairing of the fastidious single-noted genius of Joe Morris's free-guitar with the raised middle finger of Chicago tenorist Ken Vandermark's punk-jazz was an inspired one, as Vandermark's extroversion is expertly compl...  more »

      
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All Artists: Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark
Title: Like Rays
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Knitting Factory
Release Date: 5/19/1998
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 035828022422

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The pairing of the fastidious single-noted genius of Joe Morris's free-guitar with the raised middle finger of Chicago tenorist Ken Vandermark's punk-jazz was an inspired one, as Vandermark's extroversion is expertly complimented by Morris's thoughtfulness. Both Morris and Euro-pianist Hans Poppel are more comfortable in the supportive cushion of chamber-jazz situations than is Vandermark, and naturally lend themselves to textural supporting while Vandermark squeaks out front. Often these meshings become the point, such as when Morris's careful scrapings merge with Poppel's angular accents on "So As to Touch." This is not to say that Vandermark lacks sensitivity, but he prefers long-ish lines, in the manner of Sam Rivers, which his band-mates tear into like gentle ferrets. And he's interested in texture, too--note the joy in his popping bass clarinet on "Parlance." The interplay is spot on, and this is by far the finest disc to come out of Knitting Factory in some time. --D. Strauss
 

CD Reviews

Ken Vandermark and the art of the possible
keith gardiner | Bahrain, Middle East | 06/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ken Vandermark's work has often been characterised by in your face aggression, in company with Peter Brotzmann and Mats Gustafsson. On this CD he suggests that he is well familiar with another thread of European free music, showing a concern with texture and effect, an arena that is thoroughly and intuitively understood by Poppel and Morris. This is music that invites the listener in rather than coming out and grabbing. It requires concentration, for the beauty lies in the detail rather than in the aggression, but it's an effort that well repays itself. Throughly recommended for another side of the remarkable Ken Vandermark and this self-effacing trio."