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Rob Brown Trio: Rob Brown/Craig Taborn/Nasheet Waits: Unknown Skies

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Alto sax player Rob Brown collaborated with pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Nasheet Waits in a live performance as part of the 2010 Sons d’Hiver Festival at Saint- Mandé, France. The recording of this performance has been issued under the title, Unknown Skies, which is also the name of one of the five pieces included on the album. Four were composed by Brown; the final “Temerity” is a trio improvisation.

This music is totally Rob Brown inspired, but also offers uniqueness in its contrasts. After a relatively calm snare, bass drum, cymbal combination, “Fine Line” builds with thematic synchronous piano/alto repetitions and vagaries until, without a distinct signal, the players start going in different directions, stretching their limits so that they wind up exploding. Fast and furious scattered clusters, dissonant and not, come from the piano; arpeggios and extensive pitch exploration flourish from the alto; and the drums create a background curtain of interlocking snare rolls, cymbal hisses and simple rhythmic clicking.

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