Nice price double-cd featuring homages to the works of Sonny Rollins & Rashaan Roland Kirk!
“After arranging two cds of material written by other composers for “Free Jazz Classics Vols. 1 & 2,” I was interested in trying to find another approach for Volume 3- which was originally a bonus disk included with the first edition of “Acoustic Machine”. I considered a number of ideas before deciding to focus on the work of one artist, and was directly inspired in this decision by Archie Shepp's album, “Four For Trane”. Hence, “Six For Rollins”.
The fourth volume of “Free Jazz Classics” will likely be the last. Though I have learned a great deal by rearranging some of my favorite composers' work for the VANDERMARK 5, it's time to leave that process behind and focus more completely on my own ideas. I hope that this series of recordings has served a purpose of some kind, perhaps giving listeners an indication of musical thinking that's inspired me- while shedding a small amount of light on artists who I feel have been sometimes overlooked and/or misunderstood.
Maybe investigating the groundwork for the improvised music from the 1960's and 70's taught me that it was time to get off the shoulders of those artists, in order to look in another direction.
Maybe the point has come when it's necessary to realize the only music worth playing is happening now.”
-Ken Vandermark, European trains and hotel rooms- November, 2005