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Broken Shadows
Available dates from April 2 until 17, 2019
Available dates from January 22 until February 5, 2020

TIM BERNE, alto sax
CHRIS SPEED, tenor sax
REID ANDERSON, double bass
DAVE KING, drums

 

 

Broken Shadows is a quartet of kindred spirits communing over shared loves and common inspirations, radiating not only homage but aspiration - to make music with deep roots reach out into the present moment, alive and attuned and moving through our air now. These four musicians hailing from the urban northern half of America - Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King - have banded together to reinterpret the timeless sounds conjured by great men from the rural South and heartland of the country: Ornette Coleman, Julius Hemphill, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden. These iconic figures created an ever-resonant avant-garde out of the folk-art influences of their early surroundings, a canon that comprises the hard blues and deep lament, keening celebration and hollering protest. Wound through the DNA of such avant-jazz classics as "Dogon A.D.," "Lonely Woman," "Civilization Day," "Walls- Bridges" and "Song for Ché" are the age-old sounds of back-alley bars and carnival midways, funeral processions and holiday parades, the rave-ups of Saturday night shading into the hymns of Sunday morning. The way saxophonists Berne and Speed perform this music with the bass-and-drum team of Anderson and King has a rocking, roughhewn harmonic convergence wholly in keeping with the source materials, even as their improvisations have a searching, burning modernism of their own. To channel the cultural history of this music, the players of Broken Shadows can rely on their personal history as friends and collaborators; among various associations, Speed played in Berne's Bloodcount band in the 1990s, while Anderson and King are two-thirds of the genre defying band The Bad Plus. This foursome is onto something special here - the emotive breath and beat of this music being undeniable, infectious; these are players known for their ability to take it out, but Broken Shadows gives them a vehicle to get down. -- Bradley Bambarger

 

* Representation only in Spain in collaboration with Gluch.


Liebman, Rudolph & Drake
Available dates from April 22 until May 11, 2019
Available dates from June 19 until July 28, 2019

DAVE LIEBMAN
soprano and tenor saxes, piano, bamboo flute.


ADAM RUDOLPH
handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija) piano, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion, electronic processing.


HAMID DRAKE
drumset, vocal, frame drum, percussion.


"...a musical nirvana of sorts that keeps opening us to myriad moments of ecstasy."
- Raul De Gama, jazzdegama.com

"You can call it jazz; you can term it spontaneous composition; you can designate this as non-genre instrumentalism. Whatever you choose, this is music which has a collaborate heart. This is three-dimensional music."
- Audiophile Audition - audaud.com

"...does a great job of transporting us another place...we are all spirits being set free by the sounds which reach up and guide us."
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery