An avant/modern jazz trio that thrive in, and out of conventional structure, the Oakland based Ton Trio II features Shelton on alto saxophone; Scott Brown, bass; Alex Vittum, drums. Drawing from Shelton’s bright and even folk-like compositions, the trio weaves continuously through melody, rhythm, and texture with written parts that serve as entry points for spacious improvisations. Ton Trio II was formed by Shelton in late 2012 as the newest vehicle for his small ensemble avant jazz writing, heard before in groups including Arrive (482 Music and CleanFeed); Cylinder (CleanFeed); and the Fast Citizens (Delmark). More info about Ton Trio II.
On and On features nine tracks recorded in May of 2013 at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco by Ian Pellici. Mixed by Aram Shelton. Mastered by James Fei.
CD in an LP-style Sleeve. SSM-013.
A midwestern transplant to Oakland, originally from Chicago, Scott Brown studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Robert Hurst, Geri Allen, and Donald Walden, and composition Andrew Mead & Andrew Bishop. He attended the Steans Institute in 2008. He currently performs throughout the bay area with Astronauts Etc, Waterstrider, and many others.
Alex Vittum is a percussionist, sound designer and electronic musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a member of several groups including Stratic, For Now, Ton Trio II, and performs solo electro-acoustic works as Prism. Alex has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians, composers and choreographers including Roswell Rudd, Kitty Brazleton, Ben Goldberg, Daniel Carter, Stuart Dempster, Annie Lewandowski (Powerdove), Thomas Kozumplik (The Clogs), Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Gina Gibney Dance. He has a BA from Bennington College, an MFA from Mills College and has studied percussion with Milford Graves and William Winant. www.alexvittum.com
The debut album by Stratic. Formed in 2010, Stratic creates improvised, post-rock music combining acoustic and electronic elements into three layers of sound: electronically processed saxophone, keyboard melodies/textures and drum kit/percussion. With Michael Coleman, keyboards & electronics; Aram Shelton, saxophone & processing via MSP; Alex Vittum, drums & modular synthesizer. Self-release. 2012.
The second album by the Aram Shelton Quartet features six compositions that place the players in familiar and challenging territory, with an eye towards exploring the many pairings available through solos, duos, trios and the full quartet. All four members contribute narrative solos to this album, displaying their individual styles while making a collective music that is joyful, energetic, raw and poignant. In this quartet, Shelton is joined by Chicagoans Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Tim Daisy on drums. Singlespeed Music. SSM-011. 2012.
Incline is the debut album by the duo of Kjell Nordeson and Aram Shelton. Recorded in a cabin in the mountains near Lake Tahoe, the improvisations that make up Incline are shaped by Nordeson and Shelton’s musical and personal relationship, rather than incorporating predetermined melodies, structures, concepts or dogmas. The resulting music created by these two is complex and subtle, adventurous and focused. Singlespeed Music SSM-009. 2011.
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 possibilites of these four musicians. Clean Feed CF217CD 2011.
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. Delmark DE-590. 2009.
The San Francisco based collaborative quartet features Shelton on alto saxophone & clarinets, Darren Johnston on trumpet, Lisa Mezzacappa on bass, and Kjell Nordeson on drums. Track Listing: The Ear That Was Sold to a Fish, Sung by Dogs, The Deep Disciplines, Crossings, Shells, Four Thoughts, Skipped Rocks, Sink Town, Earthworm. Total Time 52:06. Clean Feed. CF219CD. 2011.
In this quartet, Aram Shelton plays equal amounts of 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. Track Listing: These Times, Rings, Dusk, An Interrupted Stroll, Relief, Rise and Set. Total Time 37:19. Singlespeed Music SSM-007. 2010.
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 collectivley 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.
Formed in 2003 by Keefe Jackson. This sextet consists of Jackson on tenor saxophone, Aram Shelton on alto saxophone, Josh Berman on cornet, Fred Lonberg-holm on cello, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drums. In 2004 they held a residency at Chicago’s famous club the Hideout, during which time the group developed a formidable cohesiveness while they developed the music for this album. Delmark. 2005.
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. These six compositions by Shelton cover a lot of ground from high energy freedom to compositional rearrangement. Track Listing: The Way, One Last Thing, Internal Frame, External Frame, Switches, Old Thoughts. Total Time 39:40. Singlespeed Music SSM-005. 2009.
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.
Flockterkit is Aram Shelton on saxophone, Andy Strain on trombone, Caroline Penwarden on harmonium and pump organ, Kurt Kottheimer on bass, Anantha Krishnan on indian percussion and Jordan Glenn on drums. CDR. SSM-003. 2008.
The duet of Aram Shelton and Icelandic guitartist Steini Gunnarson. Long formed and multilayered improvisations created from acoustic instruments and electronic processing. Gunnarson on prepared guitar and processing via PD, Shelton on alto, trumpet, bass clarinet and processing via MSP. Track Listing: in Circulation, A Charming Decoy, Constitution (in 3 parts), The Populous, One Early Riser. Total Time 43’48″. Edgetone 2007.
The debut album by the quartet Arrive, which features Aram Shelton on alto saxophone, Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone, Jason Roebke on bass, and Tim Daisy on drums. Recorded in 2001, released in 2005 by 482 Music. Track Listing: On Time, All Dressed Up, Because of You, The Return, Johann & Leo. 482 Music. 2005.