Noise of Our Time VWCR: Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier, Tom Rainey
- 2Track and Field06:39
- 4The Space Between the Teeth06:12
- 6Songs of Innocence04:17
- 8Truth Through Mass Individuation04:03
- 9Simple Cut05:41
Info for Noise of Our Time
It was only during Ken Vandermark's residency at the Jazz club The Stone in January 2016 that Vandermark found himself in the same vicinity as Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier and Tom Rainey. A year later they went into the studio with nine compositions – three each by Courvoisier, Vandermark and Wooley.
These four musicians have well-documented, distinct personalities which, in this context, results in performances full of surprises, rich contrasts and shared responsibilities. The music sounds thoughtful, but never over-wrought. They play by intuition, yet retain a vivid complexity. Their composing is transparent and unclichéd; their improvising provided with a remarkable coherence and openness. And perhaps it is exactly this – a fresh collective unity that keeps their respective personalities and idiosyncrasies intact – that brings them success in this bold and collaborative performance. Art needs to pique and renew your interest, take you on inspiring and surprising journeys and sometimes even confront your own biases. Creating, not reviving as a way to evolve and to keep going forward in all directions.
Ken Vandermark, saxophone, clarinet
Nate Wooley, trumpet
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano
Tom Rainey, drums
Recorded August 17, 2017, at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Recorded by Ryan Streber
Mixed April 13, 2018, and mastered June 20, 2018, by Ryan Streber
Produced Patrik Landolt
The members of this supergroup hardly need an introduction here on FJB. Vandermark on sax and clarinet, Nate Wooley on trumpet, Sylvie Courvoisier on Piano and Tom Rainey on the drums.
Vandermark played with Wooley, Courvoisier and Rainey on the great Momentum 1: Stone release, in different settings and I’m happy to see them come together with their own album. We get 9 tunes 3-6 minutes long, which is kind of unusual for a Vandermark collaboration which often have extended performances with long improvised sections combined with composed ideas that are bent inwards, out, broken down and put back together.
This album contains no booklet.