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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Vandermark 5 - Elements Of Style ... Exercises In Surprise (2003)
























Ken Vandermark (reeds);
Dave Rempis (saxophone);
Jeb Bishop (trombone);
Kent Kessler (double bass);
Tim Daisy (drums).


  1. Outside Ticket
  2. Knock Yourself Out
  3. Intagliamento
  4. Telefon
  5. Gylene
  6. Strata
  7. Six Of One.


 Recording information: Semaphore, Chicago, Illinois (07/09/2003 - 07/10/2003).

The Vandermark 5 - Airports For Light (2002)























Ken Vandermark: reeds;
Dave Rempis: saxophones;
Jeb Bishop: trombone;
Kent Kessler: bass;
Tim Daisy: drums.


1. Cruz Campo (For Gerhard Richter) [8:58]
2. Staircase (For John Cassavetes) [8:23]
3. 7 Plus 5 (For Fredrik Ljungkvist) [7:05]
4. Money Down (For Rahsaan Roland Kirk) [5:33]
5. Both Sides (For Budd Johnson) [8:06]
6. Initials (For Jean Tinguely) [5:05]
7. Other Cuts (For Curtis Mayfield) [11:12]
8. Long Term Fool (For Otis Redding) [8:50]
9. Confluence (For Sonny Rollins) [6:16] 



Recorded August 22 and 23, 2002 at Semaphore Studios, Chicago.
Mastered at Golden Mastering, Ventura. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Vandermark 5 - Burn The Incline (2000)























Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet);
Dave Rempis (alto & tenor saxophones);
Jeb Bishop (trombone, guitar);
Kent Kessler (bass);
Tim Mulvenna (drums).



1.  Distance (For Joe Morris)     9:09
2.  The Cooler (For Pandelis Karayorgis)     6:11
3.  Late Night Wait Around (For Ab Baars)     9:12
4.  Roulette (For Nate McBride)     4:22
5.  Accident Happening (For William Parker)     8:38
6.  In Focus (For Per Henrik Wallin)     9:27
7.  The Trouble Is (For Misha Mengelberg)     5:21
8.  Ground (For The Ex)     6:54





Recording information: Airwave Recording Studio, Chicago, IL (12/09/1999/12/10/1999).

The Vandermark 5 - Simpatico (1998)
























Ken Vandermark: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet;
Dave Rempis: Saxophones;
Jeb Bishop: Trombone, Guitar;
Kent Kessler: Bass;
Tim Mulvenna: Drums.




01.  Vent     7:00
02.  Fact And Fiction     8:51
03.  Full Deck     5:20
04.  Anywhere Else     9:58
05.  STHLM     9:09
06.  Cover To Cover     8:30
07.  Point Blank     8:41
08.  Encino     8:01



Recorded at Airwave Studios, Chicago, IL on December 12 & 13, 1998.

The Vandermark 5 Special


















Coming up shortly, The Vandermark 5's selected albums.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

David "Fathead" Newman - Heads Up (1986)


David "Fathead" Newman – Still Hard Times (1982)

























David "Fathead" Newman (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute);
Hank Crawford (alto saxophone);
Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone);
Charlie Miller (trumpet);
Steve Nelson (vibraphone);
Larry Willis (piano);
Walter Booker (bass);
Jimmy Cobb (drums).



1. Shana  
2. Blisters  
3. One For My Baby  
4. To Love Again  
5. Still Hard Times  
6. Please Send Me Someone To Love
7. Shana
8. To Love Again
9. Still Hard Time.


Recorded at Sound Heights, Brooklyn, New York on April 14, 1982.

David "Fathead" Newman - Resurgence! (1980)


The Jazz Inn: Revisit

















Good music is good music regardless of the style.
A Darker Shade Of Blue is dedicated to high quality "outstream" orientated jazz.
My old defunct blog "The Jazz Inn" was dedicated to excellent mainstream orientated jazz.
Instead of relaunching "The Jazz Inn" as a separate blog, I will incorporate it's concept into "A Darker Shade Of Blue".
The emphasis will continue to be more on "outstream orientated stuff, but I will post occasionally some good straight ahead jazz.
Coming up this week.

Kenny Drew Jr. - Portraits Of Mingus & Monk (1994)


The Kenny Drew Jr. Trio - Winter Flower (1988)