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Design in Time


  • 1. Law Years
    2. Sounds and Something Else
    3. One More Once
    4. Well Suited
    5. Cut to Fit
    6. Angels
    7. Feet Music
    8. Thing, The
    9. Top Shelf
    10. Green Chimneys
    11. Peace
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 516

  • Credits
    ProducerTim Mulvenna; Ken Vandermark; Ken Vandermark's Sound In Action Trio; Robert Barry; Robert G. Koester; Steve Wagner; Bob Koester
    EngineerJohn McCortney

    's Sound In Action Trio.
    Ken Vandermark's Sound In Action Trio: Ken Vandermark (saxophone); Tim Mulvenna, Robert Barry (drums).
    Personnel: Ken Vandermark (clarinet, tenor saxophone); John McCortney (recorder); Tim Mulvenna, Robert Barry (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Peter Margasak.
    Recording information: AirWave Recording Studios, Chicago, IL (07/06/1999-07/07/1999).
    Photographer: Peter Amft.
    An excellent recording from Chicago jazzmen Ken Vandermark, Tim Mulvenna, and Robert Barry. The trio takes classic "out" tunes and originals and makes them sparkle, giving each a clean execution that's as much inspired energy as it is technique and craft. Barry interlaces with Mulvenna, achieving a complementary and balanced percussion section that sometimes acts as foil, sometimes impetus, for the directions of the reed playing. Easily one of Vandermark's best recorded dates yet (it's a treat to hear his clarinet work here, too), Design in Time is filled with that certain something that's sometimes missing from his studio recordings, but never from his live shows. Particularly hot tracks include the trio's takes on Thelonious Monk's "Green Chimneys" and Ornette Coleman's "Feet Music." Vandermark's piece for Billy Higgins, "Well Suited," is a lovely ballad, featuring warm saxophone and summer-shower drum solos. Design in Time is a very strong jazz release that becomes more wowing and impressive with each listen. ~ Joslyn Layne

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (3/00, p.65) - "...Indispensable....so powerful and precise that the 2 drummers, Tim Mulvenna and Robert Barry, sound like one drummer with 8 limbs..."
    CMJ (11/22/99, p.29) - "...Suprising subdued and melodic, this unique setting has subdued and melodic, this unique setting has produced one of Vandermark's best albums."
    JazzTimes (3/00, pp.79-80) - "...engaging...[His] command of the album's titular proposition elevates the program far above a blowing session or an off-center spin on repertory....a strong, contrasting palette..."
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