Having reviewed Ken Vandermark’s Vortex gig for us, Geoff Winston has been checking out Vandermark’s busy Facebook page, and writes:
Great to read that Ken Vandermark thought that the Vortex gig was ‘one of the best on the tour’, praising musicians and audience, alike. Well, even better news – he’s joining the formidable Peter Brötzmann Full Blast Trio on both nights at Café Oto (29/30 September), after a spell of r & r to take in London’s artistic and cultural offerings, and aware he’s got to keep sharp to keep up with Full Blast:
‘Now a week in London for an actual vacation before two shows with Full Blast at the end of the month. I’m going to need to find a way to keep my chops up while enjoying the city and the museums, otherwise Brotzmann, Pliakis, and Wertmuller are going to level me on the 29th and 30th …’
He’s been there before, of course, and these promise to be two nights of totally committed musical intensity. The Youtube clip above is one of four excerpts from their Berlin concerts of 2008.
He also said that the Birmingham gig was one of the best of the whole tour!! It was certainly a very good gig. But the important thing is that the double bill with Vandermark 5 and Atomic was able to play at three venues in UK and that both bands are developing an audience here. Am looking forward to the broadcast of the Vortex gig on Jazz on 3 next Monday.
Tony, that's terrific, too – keeping up that standard is no mean achievement. Ending on a high in Birmingham must have been good all round and great credit to you for setting up this major tour.