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Free Fall: Furnace

At a recent performance by Ken Vandermark’s Free Music Ensemble, one of my favorite parts came when Vandermark picked up the B-flat clarinet. Not only did it reveal a different voice for a player who already has distinct personalities on several horns, but his brawny tone and attack had an authority and weight not often heard on the instrument.

Vandermark left the tenor and baritone saxes at home for Furnace, sticking exclusively to clarinet and bass clarinet. Free Fall-the trio of Vandermark, pianist Havard Wiik and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten-takes its name from an album by the Jimmy Giuffre Trio, which featured the same instrumentation. Vandermark explains in the liner notes that he and his cohorts aren’t attempting to be a Giuffre tribute band so much as take inspiration from their ideas, such as shifting roles of melodic responsibility.

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