LEAN LEFT

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Lean Left throws together two explosive duos - the sax/drums collision course of Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilsson-Love with the piledriving guitarists from The Ex - to make up a positively apocalyptic quartet: an elemental musical force featuring Grade A international players zoning in and scrambling together rock, jazz, noise and blistering free improv into a highly-charged onstage assault, each member taking their sounds and bodies to the edge and often snapping out of the wilds and into glorious passages of regular rhythm.

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LEAN LEFT I Forgot to Breathe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Forgot to Breathe
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2017

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LEAN LEFT Live At Café Oto - Day One (with Ab Baars) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Café Oto - Day One (with Ab Baars)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
LEAN LEFT Live At Café Oto - Day Two (with Steve Noble) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Café Oto - Day Two (with Steve Noble)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012

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LEAN LEFT The Ex Guitars meet Nilssen-Love / Vandermark Duo - Volume 1 album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Ex Guitars meet Nilssen-Love / Vandermark Duo - Volume 1
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
LEAN LEFT Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Volume 2
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2010
LEAN LEFT Live at Cafe Oto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Cafe Oto
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012
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Live At Area Sismica
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2014

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LEAN LEFT The Ex Guitars meet Nilssen-Love / Vandermark Duo - Volume 1

Live album · 2010 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Ken Vandermark is American self-taught sax player,made his name playing around Chicago scene in 90-s with such artists as Peter Brötzmann,Mats Gustafsson,Paal Nilssen-Love,Joe McPhee,Zu,etc. In late 90-s he founded his own band Vandermark 5 known by performances of his arrangements of works by Sonny Rollins, Joe McPhee, Cecil Taylor.

In early 00' he became more known in Northern Europe playing with domestic punk-jazz and noisy free-jazz improvs musicians.Lean Left is new European project of Vandermark where he collaborates with Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor of the Dutch punk rock band The Ex on guitars.Their debut album was recorded live during concert in The Netherlands and released on Smalltown Superjazzz label.

While all musicians are related with Mats Gustafsson you can expect what kind of music you will hear there - yes, it's quite noisy and angular free jazz melted with rock improvs. Interesting,that all music sounds as collaboration of two duos,with free-jazz one (tenor sax of Vandermark and Nilssen-Love's drums)obviously on the front of the action and The Ex' two guitars mostly on back-up sound and noise-making. Not very usual instrumental scheme,isn't it?

Absolutely great part of all four almost fully improvised compositions is interplay between tenor sax and poly-rhythmic high energy drumming. Free jazz by nature,sax sound is angular fast and heavy in best rock traditions. Everyone with love to energetic sax improvs based avant music will enjoy this release in full. Guitarists both are more supporters than equal collaborators though,so the album in fact could be tagged as Vandermark/Nilssen-Love duo release.

Quite well structured for free form improvs music release,this album is quite accessible listening for everyone familiar with high energy jazz/avant improvisational music. Excellent sax player and drummer interplays are really worth your time.

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