• Ken Vandermark

Tonight at the Velvet Lounge, Ken Vandermark kicks off a mini fest to belatedly celebrate the release of three recordings by three different groups. This evening’s concert is by the reedist’s duo with drummer Tim Daisy (who’ll also be behind the kit the other two nights), which recently put out the superb double LP Light on the Wall (Laurence Family). The sharp duo improvisations on the first LP ebb and flow with a natural-sounding ease, highlighting the rapport these guys have been developing for most of the past decade. That’s not to say they’re just coasting—you can hear them pushing and pulling along the way, as they shift gears from high-energy blowouts to the nice bar-walking blues groove of “The Empty Chair.” You can listen to the album track “Landing” after the jump.