Dutton, Shelton, Rankin-Parker, Pearce.

Kristina Dutton, violin; Aram Shelton, alto saxophone; Teddy Rankin-Parker, cello; Daniel Pearce, drums.

A new quartet with recent immigrants to the Bay Area (Dutton, Pearce, Rankin-Parker), explore the group dynamic through the use of strings, reeds, and percussion with traditional and experimental techniques, creating a latticework of sounds whose origins are slyly dissembled.

Goldberg, Brown & Anderson

Ben Goldberg - clarinet Sheldon Brown - alto saxophone Vijay Anderson - drums

photo by Lisa Mezzacappa

photo by Lisa Mezzacappa

The trio, which began in 2007 in Oakland California, features the unique instrumentation of Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, and Drums. They recently performed at the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy. The group specializes in a unique form of improvisation, which focuses on a subtle, continually expanding blend of shifting counterpoint and rhythm, inviting the listener to contemplate the spontaneous unfolding of melodic and harmonic structures. This approach explores the musical and intellectual legacy of masters such as Steve Lacy, Denis Charles, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk with the goal of creating something unique and new. As one fan stated at the group’s Italian debut, the trio pursues the “Advanced Tradition”.