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Arrive: There Was

Arrive: There Was

Arrive: There Was
Arrive: There Was

The quartet of Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone; Jason Roebke, bass; and Tim Daisy, drums. Their third album, recorded in August of 2008 immediately after a two week tour of the eastern US. Beautifully constructed pieces with complex harmonies, detailed sections, and inspired improvising highlights some of the many possibilities of these four musicians.

“There aren’t many musicians tied to more than one musical scene, but Aram Shelton is one of those rare examples. Both the Chicago and the Bay Area avant-jazz and free improv circuits benefit from this horn player who improvises with a composing perspective and composes to serve collective improvisation.
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Cylinder on Clean Feed

Cylinder

Cylinder on Clean Feed
Cylinder on Clean Feed

Cylinder is a collaborative quartet based in San Francisco. It’s comprised of Darren Johnston on trumpet, Aram Shelton on alto saxophone and clarinet, Lisa Mezzacappa on bass and Kjell Nordeson on drums. All four members of Cylinder compose for the group to create a body of work that is stylistically diverse while rooted in creative jazz and free improvisation. Each player is distinguished in their own right with their playing and writing being documented on various recordings.  Continue reading “Cylinder”

Aram Shelton Quartet : These Times

Aram Shelton Quartet: These Times

Aram Shelton Quartet : These Times
Aram Shelton Quartet : These Times

Aram Shelton leads this quartet on alto saxophone & clarinet, approaching each distinctly while displaying both the large and subtle differences of the instruments. Keefe Jackson contributes on tenor saxophone with a full sound and unique approach to the utilization of extended techniques. Anton Hatwich’s bass playing grounds the music and drives it in a compelling way, while Marc Riordan’s drums serve as backbone to the rhythmic aspects and a frame to the open sections. Continue reading “Aram Shelton Quartet: These Times”

Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens : Two Cities

Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens

Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens : Two Cities
Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens : Two Cities

The Fast Citizens are the Chicago based sextet of Aram Shelton, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anton Hatwich and Frank Rosaly. Formed in 2002 by Jackson, the Fast Citizens have decided upon a rotating leader chair and for their sophomore release Shelton has taken the reins as main composer. The title Two Cities reflects the geographic locale of Shelton, (currently based in Oakland, California), and his continued relationship with the active music scene in Chicago. Focusing on orchestration and structural variety, the Fast Citizens present a stylistically diverse album that includes hard swing, lush ballads, high-energy free improvisation and modern composition. Continue reading “Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens”

Jason Adasiewciz' Rolldown

Jason Adasiewcz’ Rolldown

Jason Adasiewciz' Rolldown
Jason Adasiewciz’ Rolldown

Debut album by Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown featuring Josh Berman, Aram Shelton, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly. We recorded this material back in 2005, somehow it took an extra three years to find a home with 482 Music. Playing in this group was always good times, as it gave me the chance to play Jason’s music in exchange for all that work he gave to the Arrive music.

“…Adasiewicz plays biting, angular phrases and feeds riffs for the soloists to bounce off, among them bluesy cornet player Josh Berman and fine, hustling alto saxophonist and clarinettist Aram Shelton…” — Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise

“Adasiewicz’s compositions and arrangements immediately bring Blue Note-era Jackie McLean and Eric Dolphy to mind, but… Adasiewicz and his colleagues absorb the basic tenets put forth on those Sixties vinyl classics and place a 21st century personal spin on them… Vibraphonists seeking to extend the pioneering work accomplished by doyens like Hutcherson and Dickerson are relatively few. Adasiewicz is certainly countable among that modest number and this debut will hopefully mean the first of many more albums to follow.” — Derek Taylor, Bagatellen

CD in jewel case released by 482 Music.

Ton Trio : The Way Cover

Ton Trio: The Way

Ton Trio : The Way Cover
Ton Trio : The Way

The debut album by Ton Trio and the first CD release by Singlespeed Music. Featuring Aram Shelton on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Kurt Kotheimer on bass and Sam Ospovat on drums. The six pieces by Shelton cover a lot of ground from high energy freedom to compositional rearrangement. Singlespeed Music. SSM-005. 2009. Download Available.
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Dragons 1976 Multikulti Album

Dragons 1976 (Self Titled)

Dragons 1976 Multikulti Album
Dragons 1976

The third album from the trio of Aram Shelton (alto saxophone), Jason Ajemian (bass), and Tim Daisy (drums). Released in 2007 by Polish imprint Multikulti, it shows the progression these three have made both collectively and individually since their first album on Locut Music in 2003.

Track Listing: Of Many Things, Loaded, She Lay Sleeping, Hold it High, Too Tight, Found Wanting, the Forewarned. Multikulti 2007. 

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Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel Album

Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel

Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel Album
Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel

The duet of Aram Shelton and Icelandic guitarist Steini Gunnarson. Using prepared guitar, wind instruments and live sample-based processing via PD and MSP, they create thick multilayered textural music that is guided by their expressive melodicism. Their music is improvised and balances between the acoustic and electronic realms, the electronics having the tendency to blur the line of what is acoustic and what is not. It is held together by a shared sense of commitment to long forms and instinctive timing. In a way comparable to the surprising similarities of physical stress that can occur in both warm and cold climates. Download Available. Continue reading “Son of Gunnar, Ton of Shel”

Flockterkit

Flockterkit

Flockterkit
Flockterkit

Flockterkit: an invented name for a joyful and melodic music that starts with a focus on slowly changing chords with attention on harmony and orchestration. The music of Flockterkit inhabits the space between Shelton’s two sides of music: acoustic improvisation and electro acoustic process-based compositions.   It can focus on the many textures of the involved instruments and use them in a light framework that allow for expansion via improvisation and the electroacoustic process of phrase modification (the live sampling and replication of phrases played by acoustic instruments via electronics. Download Available. Continue reading “Flockterkit”