Before they gave in to New York City’s gravitational pull, misplacing a trumpeter in the process, the Gold Sparkle Trio shared a situation and an aesthetic with their guest reedist, Ken Vandermark. The trio used to be known as Atlanta’s Gold Sparkle Band, and like Chicago’s Vandermark, Gold Sparkle generated scrappy, spark-filled music drawn from ’60s freebop a lot of highway miles from America’s jazz capital. The situation has changed-these Southerners are now penning odes to their adopted home of Williamsburg, Brooklyn-but the aesthetic remains. Gold Sparkle would not be Gold Sparkle without Archie Shepp, Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler. And neither would Vandermark. Brooklyn Cantos puts this compatible crew in the studio together for the first time.
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