Cleaver/Parker/Taborn In New York And Baltimore This Weekend

January 14, 2009

The working trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn will perform two live shows this weekend, Friday, January 16th at The Stone in New York and the following night at An Die Musik in Baltimore.

These performances will celebrate the group’s debut recording, Farmers By Nature (AUM Fidelity), which documents its most recent performance at The Stone this past June, coming out February 10th.

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. Each concert is a unique, fully improvised  experience as the musicians adapt the group’s continually evolving sound to the demands of the moment at hand.

Most recently heard together on record as three-quarters of the Rob Brown Ensemble on that group’s 2008 release, Crown Trunk Root Funk (AUM044), these acclaimed New York-based musicians have worked together in a variety of settings. 

The musical relationship between Cleaver and Taborn stretches back to their college days, working together in the early 1990’s as part of Detroit’s storied jazz scene.  Parker and Cleaver first recorded together in groups led by pianist Matthew Shipp, and Cleaver appears on Parker’s 2008 orchestral release, Double Sunrise Over Neptune (AUM047).’s Troy Collins recently noted these three frequent collaborators “demonstrate their affable interplay with fluid invention.”

Mary Halvorson Trio Live On WFMU

December 18, 2008
Mary Halvorson Trio in the WFMU studio

Mary Halvorson Trio in the WFMU studio

The Mary Halvorson Trio‘s live performance on WFMU’s The Long Rally, recorded on Wednesday, December 10th, can now be heard on the station’s Web site.

The set included performances of three pieces from the band’s acclaimed debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), as well as a new piece called “No. 11”. 

Check out the music, available as individual MP3’s, here.