Today is the official street date for Farmers by Nature (AUM Fidelity), the recorded debut of the two year-old collective trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn.
Conceived by Cleaver, this communion of notable improvisers was founded to create a distinctive brand of music based on spontaneously sowing seeds of sound and bringing them to full blossom.
This live recording documents the all-star ensemble’s performance at The Stone in New York on June 19th, 2008.
Here’s a sample of the media response thus far:
“…these three musicians interrogate one another with patience and poise.”
—Nate Chinen, New York Times
“All three are staunchly subtle and interactive players, so the improvisations stay on track even when they partake of tempestuous density.”
—Time Out New York
“Fully improvised, the trio’s poetic abstractions have a pastoral side that comes from digging the soil and growing something valuable. It’s a testament to rumination, and whether they’re storming or floating, the kinetics are the compelling kind.”
—Jim Macnie, Village Voice
“This lively collaborative trio, convened but not really led by drummer Gerald Cleaver, delights in free improvisations full of a remarkable variety of color, texture, energy, and melody. Yet despite the wide range and contrasts, the music never loses its coherence or sense of purpose…everyone is listened to and supported and offers up suggestions and ideas that turn into fruitful directions for the band to explore. Like the farmers of the album’s title, this trio excels at planting kernels of sound and letting the music flower and flourish.”
—Ed Hazell, Point of Departure
“…enthralling music that is organic and spontaneous. The sheer movement and constant exchange of ideas flows like a tidal wave of energy. When taken in its entirety, it is simply stunning.”
—Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com