Aram Shelton's Arrive, with Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke and Tim Daisy
"Reedist Aram Shelton plays with a thoughtfulness and structural rigor that's rare in a twentysomething jazz musician, but he also brings a deeply improvisational mind-set to each of his projects; in the trio Dragons 1976 he cultivates an impeccable sense of space and dynamics, and in the electroacoustic duo Grey Ghost he makes sure that the computer elements stay integral to the music. The quartet Arrive isn't as well-known as those groups--that should change when 482 Music releases its debut this fall--but it's as good as anything Shelton's had a hand in. Its tightly arranged, emotionally muted originals have a lovely chamber-jazz feel, with musicians combining to repeat unison phrases and carve out spaces for solos; the pieces are elaborate yet never sound fussed over. Shelton's alto sax and Jason Roebke's bass often pair up within the ensemble, as do Tim Daisy's drums and Jason Adasiewicz's vibes, but the group is flexible enough to try different combinations. On the forthcoming debut, Adasiewicz is particularly impressive... Shelton is moving to the Bay Area soon, so this'll probably be the last chance to hear Arrive for a while. Wednesday June 22 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western...." - Peter Margasak, The Chicago Reader
482 mainstay Aram Shelton's long-awaited debut as a leader.
"...will surprise and delight those who might normally avoid such unconventional and nonconformist music."
- All About Jazz
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