Some of the deepest work we've heard from Ken Vandermark
in awhile – and that's saying a lot, given the overall greatness of most of his recordings! The set's the 4th from Vandermark
's Territory Band ensemble – a larger group that allows Ken
to explore grander concepts of composition and arrangement – working here in a mode that draws from the energy of his smaller group sessions, yet in a way that has a much sharper focus on the roles of the individual players. Ken
's ideas are expressed beautifully in the album's 6 long original compositions – each shaded with different themes, tones, and colors, executed wonderfully by an international lineup that includes Vandermark
, Fredrik Ljungkvist, and Dave Rempis on saxes; Paul Lytton and Paal Nilssen
on percussion; Jeb Bishop on trombone, Axel Dorner on trumpets, Kent Kessler on bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jim Baker on piano, and Lasse Marhaug on electronics. Titles include "Local Works", "Vertical 8", "Reverse Two", "Killing Floor", and "Franja".