Vandermark 5 / Beat Reader
Album: Beat Reader   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Vandermark 5   Added:Jan 2008
Label:Atavistic/Truckstop Audio  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-02-10 Pull Date: 2008-04-13 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Mar 23 Mar 16 Mar 2
Airplays: 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 05, 2020: Some Songs Without Words
4. Feb 29, 2008: Memory Select
New Acrylic
2. Mar 21, 2008: Memory Select
5. Feb 28, 2008: filling in
New Acrylic
3. Mar 14, 2008: Memory Select

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-02-05
Another set of robust free jazz from one of the biggest contemporary names (a limited edition 2-CD version of this album sold out almost immediately). Compositions steeped in the jazz tradition, spiced with articulate soloing and the occasional free-improv break. Ken Vandermark sticks to only baritone sax and clarinets, leaving other sax duties to Dave Rempis. Fred Lonberg-Holm, on cello, is still around, sometimes adding electrified sounds to replace the guitar Vandermark used to incorporate in the band. Top-notch stuff.

1- Like a mystery thriller: Dramatic, fairly fast, w/an exciting bass clarinet solo and a car-crash ending.
2- Rock/funk beat, in moderation, slow horn lines. Great snappy sax solo. Gets into some abstract improvising later.
3- Slow but bold, stern, with a swaying horn theme. Sax and cello solos get cooking.
4- Low-key rustle, a careful slow start. Then a fast squeaky clarinet solo, sparse.
5- Brisk and upbeat, a bit gruff. Catchy swing. Crazed, brutal electric cello solo.
6- Slow, atmospheric, prominent cello. STOPS after 4 minutes, for a sparse improv leading into a snappy midtempo theme that really gets swinging.
7- Gracefully swinging, pleasant
8- Fast, bopping, even rocking. Great uptempo stuff, after a slow start.

Track Listing
1. Friction   5. Speedplay
2. New Acrylic   6. Compass Shatters Magnet
3. Any Given Number   7. Further From The Truth
4. Signposts   8. Desireless