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A Meeting in Chicago
McPhee (ts, ss, pocket-tp), Ken Vandermark (ts, cl, bcl), Kessler (b); a reissue of the now deleted version on Eighth Day Music from 1997, with far superior packaging. "Vandermark has long cited McPhee's great hat HUT record Tenor as one of his strongest inspirations, an LP that showed him ways to integrate energy, flow and lyricism into the same musical space. Conversely, McPhee was moved to hear the now-defunct Vandermark Quartet cover one of his compositions at a festival some years back. A wildly prodigious composer, bandleader and player, Vandermark fronts and works in a variety of groups, including the Vandermark 5, NRG Ensemble, Steam, Caffeine, Witches and Devils, DK3, the Crown Royals, Baxter and the Sun Ra Project. Kessler and Vandermark have established a near-sibling working relationship -- the bassist figures in virtually all of Vandermark's ensembles and the two join forces with drum dynamo Hamid Drake in the egalitarian DKV Trio. Based in Poughkeepsie, New York, Joe McPhee is one of the most sensitive, authoritative, personal musical forces on the planet, whether he's playing puckered pocket-trumpet or pugilistic tenor sax. More than mere document of a first encounter,A Meeting in Chicago is destined to be a free music classic."