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Marker (w/ Ken Vandermark): Wired For Sound (Audiographic Records)

The debut from this Chicago band merging strong grooves with free playing, with 2 guitarists--Andrew Clinkman & Steve Marquette--plus Macie Stewart on keys & violin, Phil Sudderberg on drums, and Ken Vandermark on reeds, each of the 3 tracks dedicated to an artist: Belgian movie director Chantal Akerman; German choreographer Pina Bausch; and Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell.
 

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Label: Audiographic Records
Catalog ID: AGR013
Squidco Product Code: 26349

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, Illinois, on September 29th, 2017 by Alex Inglizian and Ralph Loza.


Personnel:

Andrew Clinkman-guitar

Steve Marquette-guitar

Macie Stewart-keyboard, violin

Phil Sudderberg-drums

Ken Vandermark-reeds

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Artist Biographies:

"Guitarist and Improviser, Andrew Clinkman grew up just outside of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a BM in Jazz Guitar at the New England Conservatory of Music where he is a student of Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Clinkman has also studied in the Chicago area with Jeff Parker and Dave Miller, among others. He is currently an active member of Cowboy Band and Angkst as well as the Fatum Brothers Jazz collective."

-Blogger (https://www.blogger.com/profile/00779240325740317031)
11/12/2018

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"Guitarist and composer Steve Marquette (b.1987) moved to Chicago in 2006 where he pursued his passion for music at Depaul University (BM '10). There, he studied under Bob Palmieri and augmented his formal education by studying composition and improvisation with Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker and Mars Williams. Since completing school Steve has been an active member of Chicago's thriving free jazz and improvised music community where he regularly leads his own quintet and performs in groups including luminaries Jeb Bishop, Keefe Jackson, Steve Hunt, Guillermo Gregorio, Daniel Thatcher, Brian Sandstrom, Anton Hatwich, Jaimie Branch, Nick Mazzarella and Lucas Gillan. In addition to his Chicago collaborators, Steve has found creative ground with New Orleans musicians Brad Walker, Marcello Benetti, Jeff Albert and Jesse Morrow, comprising his latest quintet. A long time advocate of music education, Steve operates his own guitar studio."

-Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-marquette-7a096339/)
11/12/2018

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"At the age of 20, Macie Stewart has already had her first national television appearance on Conan O'Brian, played legendary festivals such as Lollapalooza and Coachella, and received a write up in Rolling Stone and the New York Times. This is just the beginning for her. She started playing classical piano at the age of three and found that music was her biggest passion. Known for her skills as a versatile keyboardist, she is also a singer, songwriter, violinist, and guitar player.

At the age of 15 Macie began playing in the Chicago band Kids These Days. Their diverse sound spanned between Jazz, Rock, Hip-Hop, and many other genres to create something unique and ear-catching. KTD brought the band recognition from many big names such as Questlove, George Clinton, and even Jeff Tweedy who helped produce their debut "Traphouse Rock"

Macie Stewart currently resides in Chicago where she plays gigs and teaches regularly. These days she finds herself playing with her own musical projects such as Sikiyadigo and her main focus, Marrow. She often plays venues around Chicago, and regularly teaches individual piano and violin lessons as well as ensemble classes."

-Hammond Organ Co (http://hammondorganco.com/artists/organ-and-leslie-artists/macie-stewart/)
11/12/2018

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Phil Sudderberg is a Chicago drummer, know for the band Marker with Ken Vandermark, Vibrating Skull Trio, Wei Zhongle, Grandkids, Dave Rempis / Peter Maunu / Aaron Zarzutzki / Phil Sudderberg, Barn Duet, &c.

-Phil Sudderberg Website (http://phillipsudderberg.tumblr.com/shows)
11/12/2018

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"Born in Warwick, Rhode Island on September 22nd, 1964, Ken Vandermark began studying the tenor saxophone at the age of 16. Since graduating with a degree in Film and Communications from McGill University during the spring of 1986, his primary creative emphasis has been the exploration of contemporary music that deals directly with advanced methods of improvisation. In 1989, he moved to Chicago from Boston, and has worked continuously from the early 1990's onward, both as a performer and organizer in North America and Europe, recording in a large array of contexts, with many internationally renowned musicians (such as Fred Anderson, Ab Baars, Peter Brötzmann, Tim Daisy, Hamid Drake, Terrie Ex, Mats Gustafsson, Devin Hoff, Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Paul Lytton, Andy Moor, Joe Morris, and Nate Wooley). His current activity includes work with Made To Break, The Resonance Ensemble, Side A, Lean Left, Fire Room, the DKV Trio, and duos with Paal Nilssen-Love and Tim Daisy; in addition, he is the music director of the experimental Pop band, The Margots. More than half of each year is spent touring in Europe, North America, and Japan, and his concerts and numerous recordings have been critically acclaimed both at home and abroad. In addition to the tenor sax, he also plays the bass and Bb clarinet, and baritone saxophone. In 1999 he was awarded the MacArthur prize for music."

-Ken Vandermark Website (http://kenvandermark.com/2013/10/made-to-break-biography/)
11/12/2018

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track listing:


1. Okinawa Bullfight (for Chantal Akerman) 23:16

2. Every Carnation (for Pina Bausch) 23:15

3. Doctors In The Shot (for Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell) 20:58
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"[...] Marker is Andrew Clinkman on guitar (left), Steve Marquette on guitar (right), Macie Stewart on keyboard and violin, Phil Sudderberg on drums, and finally Ken Vandermark on reeds.

Guitarist Andrew Clinkman is Chicago-based and a member of the band "Cowboy Band" who's album Cowboy songs cover cowboy songs, in a way that at least I have never heard before. Check on their BandCamp site. Full of experimental joy and energy which reminds me of Irish pub rock bands of the past... Clinkman has also released the solo-album "The Joy Of Cooking" which should perhaps have its own review. Well worth checking out anyway.

Second guitarist in Marker, Steve Marquette, was last mentioned here on FJB [The Free Jazz Collective] playing on "The Few" album Fragments of a luxury vessel. Marquette has his own quintet (Steve Marquette Quintet) and is in general a very active participant in the Chicago free jazz scene.

Macie Stewart on keyboards and violin, plays in the rock band "Marrow" and previosly in "Kids These Days", a now disbanded indie band. She's also the second half of "Ohmme" (with Sima Cunningham).

Playing the drums is Phil Suddenberg, who's duo with tenor saxophonist Gerrit Hatcher is well worth looking into, and he's also part of the rock-/indieband "Wei Zhongle". Their album Nice mask over an ugly face is brilliant. It sounds like "The Shins" but more experimental and daring!

Last but not least we have reedsman giant Ken Vandermark. Known to many on FJB of course. His new band Marker shows the constant curiosity and willingness to always develop forward, onwards, and what a debut album this is. It's been getting so much playtime here at home that my wife's forbidden me to whistle and hum parts of the motif from 'Okinawa Bullfight' when walking around the house.

The first track, 'Okinawa Bullfight' is in essence a 23 minute long song packed with surprises. I'm gently nodding my head to the groove during the first 3 minutes. There's a cool vibe surrounding the melody the guitars join in I'm starting to wonder where this is going. The beat just keeps on pumping in the background, much like a machine. Then things starts to come off the wall. I open my eyes wide. Nope, false alarm, back to the smoke filled bar, a flavor of the eighties rolls in over funky keyboards. Then it happens again. It all falls apart before the beat comes back again. This is an effective way of getting my attention. The group seems to move through different emotions with ease, and I find myself being captivated by how well they work together. It's fresh, adventurous and very engaging.

Each song is dedicated to an artist and 'Okinawa Bullfight' carries the dedication for the late Belgian movie director & feminist Chantal Akerman. Movie director and feminist feels very simplified. Perhaps extraordinary artist, pioneering feminist and bold visionary are better ways to describe Akerman. And hearing the music on this first track I'd say it's a very nice homage to Akerman - full of life, full of energy and full of surprises.

'Every Carnation (for Pina Bausch)' - or Philippina Bausch - the late German choreographer and dance director - has a theme which, similar to Okinawa Bullfight, provides a somewhat safe haven from which Marker can choose to move into different styles. And they do! During the 23 minutes there's room for everyone to move. Vandermark switches to clarinet and having one guitar in each channel created interesting layers. Another highly satisfying performance - again, full of surprises.

Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell (Talking Heads, Parliament-Funkadelic) is dedicated the last song on this album: 'Doctors In The Shot.' After a carefully crafted and extended introduction there's a thumping post-grunge beat with 2 guitars and drums marching forward. Intensity is increased and I'm almost waiting for Dave Grohl to start singing. But it all comes to a halt and moves in a different direction - of course! Melancholic waves with violin carries the song until it's ready for another explosion. In wave after wave Marker balance between the introvert and the furious.

Vandermark is such a creative force of today's free and improvised music scene. I'm so impressed with this new group, and it's clear that Vandermark is always looking for new and interesting projects. This album is putting all my other reviews behind schedule since I just want to hear Wired For Sound one more time.

I hope to hear more from Marker in 2018!"-Gustav Lindqvist, The Free Jazz Collective


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