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Ken Vandermark (US) and Terrie Hessels (NL) have been playing together for years. For example, the Chicago reed player has been a guest with The Ex almost 100 times and the two are also part of Lean Left, an explosive improvising quartet with Andy Moor and Paal Nilssen-Love. It took them until 2014 before they went on stage for the first time as a duo. A dozen concerts followed on various international stages and now they present their first duo album, ‘Scaffolding’.
KEN VANDERMARK - tenor saxophone, clarinet
TERRIE EX - guitar
Recorded at Kamer 3, Witte Villa, Wormer, by Lena Hessels, December 2-3, 2017 +++ Mixed & mastered at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, by Alex Inglizian, August 28, 2018 +++ All music by Ken Vandermark and Terrie Hessels +++ Artwork and design: Emma Fischer +++ Photos: Geert Vandepoele
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“...Terrie was already bouncing towards Vandermark with a drumstick and too much energy that he needed to get rid of urgently. It was only a matter of seconds before the two gave their all, in that strange combination of seemingly incompatible tactics that somehow fit together. The rhythmic accents of Vandermark were razor-sharp and turbulent, and were executed with the same crackling energy that Hessels treated the strings with. The interaction was jumpy, constantly on the move, with a strong dash of humor (especially by an unleashed Hessels, who treated his guitar and the stage with a hammer (!)), but also an instinctive one; interaction that, despite enormous freedom, also led to a set that was as short as it was consistent.”
Guy Peters, 2019