Ken Vandermark’s Sound In Action Trio – Design In Time
Delmark DE 516
Compact Disc (1999)
Ken Vandermark was recognized for an astounding decade of music-making by receiving the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. He helped to revive Chicago’s reputation as a hub of improvised music and to attract a new, young audience to adventurous jazz nationwide. Vandermark has participated in many projects, including: Vandermark Quartet, NRG Ensemble (Delmark 485), Steam, DKV Trio, and Vandermark 5. So it should come as no surprise that his debut as leader on Delmark finds him fronting another new project. While forging a sound of the future Vandermark has retained a healthy respect for his musical elders, and the Sound in Action Trio (featuring Vandermark on tenor sax and clarinet) is built around one of them; former Sun Ra drummer Robert Barry.