Great Nordic double act Mats Gustaffsson and Paal Nilssen-Love, two free jazz soul mates who've worked together in various capacities and formats over the years, yet never seem to exhaust the possibilities of their sound.
Sonore is the collaborative project of Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson and Peter Brötzmann, formed in October 2003. The trio was organized to investigate the melodic, rhythmic and textural possibilities of freely improvised music.
Bridge 61 is a new improvised music cooperative formed in Chicago during December, 2004, by Tim Daisy (drums), Nate McBride (acoustic and electric bass), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), and Ken Vandermark (reeds).
Peter Brötzmann and Paal Nilssen-Love played together for the first time in 1998. Since then the two have collaborated in many groups, amongst them Hairy Bones, Roma trio, Ada trio, The Chicago Tentet and not least as duo. The duo has toured several times in Europe, played concerts in Japan and USA.
DKV Trio was one of the leading free jazz trios based out of Chicago. The highly skilled and passionate members -- Hamid Drake (percussion), Kent Kessler (bass), and Ken Vandermark (reeds) -- initially came together in 1994, for Vandermark's Standards release on Quinnah records.
The AALY Trio, a Swedish band made up of reedmaster Mats Gustafsson, bassist Peter Janson, and percussionist Kjell Nordeson, are joined here by Chicagoan Ken Vandermark for a rich, muscular free jazz outing.
A collaboration between garage-rockers Cato Salsa Experience, jazz trio the Thing and improvisatory eminence Joe McPhee; they have released a live mini album ("Sounds Like A Sandwich") and one studio album ("Two Bands And A Legend"). Full of free jazz, garage rock and skronk, they have received a positive critical response and endorsement by the likes of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth).