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Boomkat Product Review:
Gate is the second release from multi-instrumentalist and composer Ken Vandermark’s Sound in Action Trio, a trio which interestingly features two drummers (Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly). Vandermark takes up his horn for lead duties, enveloped by a heavily percussive backdrop. Two full drum kits collide in the most intellectual fashion, there’s no punkish abandon here, far from it, the percussionists are both incredibly well trained and versed in improvisation, so it never feels like they're competing, rather they are completing each other’s parts, creating polyrhythms and strange structures which would have been otherwise impossible. The opening track is dedicated to free jazz drummer extraordinaire Han Bennink who is famed for his work with Peter Brotzmann, and this comes as no surprise, although the music on ‘Gate’ is less knowingly ‘out there’ than Bennink’s ‘Machine Gun’ for instance, the reliance on percussion to create the main focus of a track is something Bennink played with quite magically, and it seems only right that Vandermark should pay the man his respects when forging an album such as this. If you want something with a bit more beat to it than your usual jazz then look no further, this is as heavy hitting as it gets.