Tim Daisy - drums
Kent Kessler - bass
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello
Dave Rempis - saxophones
Ken Vandermark - saxophones, clarinets
Recorded November 23, 2005 at the Alchemia, Kraków, Poland.
Mixed and mastered at MAQ Studio Poland.
Comes in a deluxe box, limited edition of 1000, containing a 14 page booklet.
Ken Vandermark has had a productive relationship with the Polish label Not Two, which put out the 12-disc boxed set of the complete Vandermark 5 at the Alchemia club in Krakow from 2004. The most recent collaboration has resulted in these two vinyl releases.
The Resonance Ensemble is a 10-piece band that was assembled from Vandermark collaborators from Chicago, New York, Poland, Sweden and the Ukraine (where the 2008 concert featured on this LP was held). One might question how well an ensemble like this might mesh but, surprisingly, the players are remarkably attuned to each other and focused on the compositions. One is featured per side and these pieces aren't simply blowing vehicles. "Off/Set" starts out with drummers Michael Zerang and Tim Daisy laying down a groove that wouldn't sound out of place on a Brotherhood Of Breath recording. It subsequently veers into free territory, some strong riffing passages and builds to a rousing conclusion. Even bet....... more