Kjell Nordeson and Aram Shelton both found their way to the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-2000s, from Sweden and Chicago respectively. Their first project together was Cylinder (Clean Feed CF219) with Darren Johnston and Lisa Mezzacappa. In 2008 they began playing as a duo, named simply Nordeson Shelton.
“an album that sheds a radiant light on the sax-drums duo format, featuring an inordinate degree of textural components and a seamless integration of two like-minded artists” – All About Jazz
“This particular duo, Nordeson Shelton, is one of the best ones I’ve heard.” – Downtown Music Gallery
“deep authenticity, purity and novelty, uplifting and fresh. “ – Free Jazz Collective
Their album Incline was recorded over the course of a weekend in a cabin near Lake Tahoe. A purely improvised outing, incorporating no predetermined melodies, structures, concepts or dogmas. The resulting music created by these two virtuosic musicians is complex and subtle, adventurous and focused.
Incline is available as a CD in an LP-style wallet from Wayside Distribution, Downtown Music Gallery (NYC), Jazz Record Mart (Chicago) and directly from Singlespeed Music. Singlespeed Music SSM-009. 2011.
Kjell Nordeson has been one of the leading percussion players in the Swedish free improvised music scene from the early 90s and on. Together with reeds player Mats Gustafsson he started AALY Trio, which became a major force in promoting Swedish experimental music internationally. Nordeson’s long record of activities and collaborations includes tours and projects with Peter Brötzmann, Barry Guy, Ken Vandermark, Gerry Hemingway, and many others. He is represented on over 40 albums and has toured extensively in Europe, North America, Japan, and North Africa. Nordeson relocated from Sweden to San Francisco in 2006.
Aram Shelton is a multi-instrumentalist on saxophones & clarinet, improviser and composer. Originally from southeast Florida, Shelton spent several productive years in Chicago and currently lives in Oakland, California. While the music he makes is spread across a variety of aesthetic lines, it is grounded in and influenced by the rich history of avant-jazz and free improvisation in America and Europe since the 1950s. In California the groups Marches, Cylinder, and Stratic represent his music. He maintains his connections to Chicago through Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Fast Citizens (Delmark), Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown (Cuneiform), and his own Arrive (Clean Feed) with Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke and Tim Daisy.