Territory Band / Map Theory
Album: Map Theory   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Territory Band   Added:Nov 2004
Label:Okka Disk  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-12-12 Pull Date: 2005-02-13 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Feb 13 Feb 6 Jan 23 Jan 16 Jan 9 Dec 19
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 12, 2014: Rebop
A Certain Light
4. Feb 15, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
A Certain Light
2. Jan 16, 2007: Jena and Gomorrah: Occasional accordions!
Slides #3
5. Feb 11, 2005: Memory Select
A Certain Light
3. Dec 06, 2005: Umami Jazz Program
A Certain Light
6. Feb 04, 2005: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2004-12-18
Ken Vandermark's big band, and a vehicle for large-group experimenting. That means some of the tracks get into pointillistic, cerebral sounds ... although there's plenty of exciting free jazz as well, carried by bold, '60s-informed horn phrases. The band gets a 21st century sound from Kevin Drumm's noisy, crackling electronics.

Liner notes discuss the construction of the pieces, particularly useful on the two "Slides" tracks. Don't dismiss the slow tracks; they're pretty cool.

1- Off-balance, off-key march. Moves into funky groove by 5:50. Big frenzy ends 13:00, slipping into a nice relaxed trumpet solo.
2- Delicate, academic. Fairly quiet/serious but with nice steady flow.
After -4:00, gets raucous.
3- Fast-shifting improv with lots of phases including an electronics break.

1- Nicely loungy. Starts with relaxing mid/fast swing, then breaks into a faster segment for more aggressive solos. Deep funky stomp for the second half.
2- Improv, lots of shifting phases (see track 1.3) and more electronics.
3- Mostly quiet. Subsets of the band do sparse but active segments.

Track Listing
1. A Certain Light   4. Towards Abstraction
2. Framework   5. Slides #1
3. Slides #3   6. Image As Text