When: Wed., Jan. 25, 9:30 p.m. 2012
In the liner notes to his excellent new solo album, Mark in the Water (Not Two), Ken Vandermark explains that he planned to record without any prepared material—no tunes, no fragments, no nothing. But when he got to Alchemia, the Krakow club where the Not Two label planned to record him live, he learned that he was expected to play two full sets; this gave him pause, and with literally minutes to spare he changed tactics. He decided to make sonic portraits of musicians who had inspired him, each one an "improvisational profile" built from "a loose interpretation of their creative aesthetics." Vandermark used a free hand in the process—though the pointillistic bass-clarinet piece "The Pride of Time" is dedicated to brilliant Mississippi bluesman Fred McDowell, you probably won't hear any obvious connections—but his MO definitely worked as a creative stimulus, making Mark in the Water one of his most varied and engrossing albums.
Vandermark headlines with a solo set. He'll also open the show in an improvising with drummer Tim Daisy and visiting trumpeter Peter Evans as well as spin records between sets. For more on Evans, see Tuesday. —Peter Margasak