Chicago’s broadest shoulders present a nice-price double-cd reissue of their very sought-after and critically acclaimed Free Jazz Classics discs.
Originally issued as limited edition bonus discs with the V5’s last two albums Burn The Incline (ALP121CD)& Acoustic Machine (ALP128CD), jazz legends Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Carla Bley, Joe McPhee, Lester Bowie, Eric Dolphy, Anthony Braxton, Sun Ra, Frank Wright, Jimmy Guiffre, Julius Hemphill & Don Cherry get paid their due respect- as only The Vandermark 5 can.
“In 1999, when The Vandermark 5 was preparing to record Burn The Incline, Kurt Kellison of Atavistic approached me with the idea of pressing the first thousand copies of the album as a double cd including live versions of the compostitions as a "bonus disk." The idea sounded great, but there had already been two limited edition cds of live Vandermark 5 material already released on Malachi Ritscher's Savage Sound Syndicate so I was interested in doing something different for Burn The Incline. I decided to record a series of "free jazz" compositions by some of the great composers of the 1960s. Up until this point in time the quintet had only performed and recorded my material; investigating the work of composers that had influenced and inspired me by writing arrangements of their work specifically for the band was a new challenge that I hoped would bring out aspects of the group's playing that hadn't been discovered before.
Kurt's promotional idea quickly proved to be a good one: the first thousand copies of Burn The Incline sold faster than any of our previous recordings. When it came time to put together the next album, Acoustic Machine, it seemed like a good idea to do a follow up and Free Jazz Classics Volume 2 was put together. While on the road touring I kept running into fans who had wanted to get a copy of these limited editions of both Burn The Incline and Acoustic Machine, but weren't able to get a hold of them before the pressing ran out. Putting the two volumes together on this double cd is an attempt to get the music to the people who wanted to hear it before and couldn't.”
-Ken Vandermark, from the road June 2002