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Hungry Brain, reedist Ken Vandermark and drummer Tim Daisy conclude a two-week duo tour in support of their third album together. The Conversation (Multikulti)—an apt description of their music if there ever were one, though I bet it's also a nod to the brilliant Francis Ford Coppola film of the same name—was recorded live at two concerts, one last year at the Velvet Lounge and the other earlier this year at Elastic. (Unsurprisingly, the album is dedicated to the memory of the Velvet's owner and guiding force, Fred Anderson, one of Vandermark's greatest inspirations).
Over the years Vandermark has developed strong, lasting connections to drummers—particularly Hamid Drake and Paal Nilssen-Love—and Daisy clearly belongs in that company. The pair worked together most extensively in the Vandermark 5, but Daisy has also been a part of a growing number of Vandermark-helmed projects, including the Resonance Ensemble and Topology. The improvised performances on this new album make plain that the musicians have developed a profound, organic rapport, and each of the five lengthy pieces (ranging from seven to 20 minutes) all progress through disparate episodes—including high-energy free jazz, toe-tapping near-swinging passages, and riff-oriented grooves—in the most natural way possible. Whereas their playing together in V5 was hypertaut, here they sound more at ease, regardless of the intensity level. Below you can check out one of the album's pieces, featuring Vandermark playing clarinet.
Tim Daisy & Ken Vandermark, "Impasto":
Ken Thomson and Slow/Fast, It Would Be Easier If (Intuition)
Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday (Cash Money)
Benoît Delbecq, Circles and Calligrams (Songlines)
Kirk Knuffke, Kenny Wollesen, and Lisle Ellis, Chew Your Food (No Business)
Janelle Monae, The Archandroid (Bad Boy/Wondaland)