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Rumback, Charles: Two Kinds of Art Thieves (Clean Feed)

Drummer Charles Rumback in a quartet with Greg Ward & Joshua Sclar on sax, bringing together jazz tradition with the aesthetics of the eclectic Chicago scene.
 

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UPC: 5609063001525

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 152
Squidco Product Code: 12015

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at the Ice Factory by Brian Bullard / Mixed and mastered by Matthew Gagnon.


Personnel:

Charles Rumback-drums

Jason Ajemian-bass

Joshua Sclar-tenor saxophone

Greg Ward-alto saxophone

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track listing:


1. Ice Factory 9:07

2. Three Storey Birdhouse 8:23

3. Manifesto 10:34

4. Four Ruminations 8:18

5. Multiples 4:49

6. We Left Green Briar Park 7:59
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"A figure of the rich and varied Chicago music scene, Charles Rumback is impossible to overlook. Avant- jazz, post-rock and ambient electronica are the coordinates of projects involving this drummer with a vision; projects such as Colorlist, The Horse's Ha and Fred Longberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra. Now with his first album as a leader, Rumback deals more closely with the jazz tradition. The result is what happens when a post-modernist musician, a practitioner of different approaches in urban music, focuses his chops in a single language and its vocabulary. We may not recognize the origins of some of these ideas and solutions, which are strange to the jazz format, but they are present and at the service of this musical idiom historically known for its capacity to assimilate every influence. Along with Rumback we find artists of a common thread such as Jason Ajemian, Joshua Sclar and Greg Ward. Ajemian's collaborations with the Chicago Underground Trio, Mandarin Movie and Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble speak for themselves. Saxophonists Joshua Sclar (Westport Art Ensemble) and Greg Ward (Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, People Places & Things) are flexible and eclectic performers fully prepared to answer any challenge. With an ensemble like this a fantastic record would almost be inevitable."-Clean Feed


Artist Biographies:

"Acoustic bassist Jason Ajemian is one of the members of the underground music scene in Chicago, playing a variety of creative improvised, noise, and experimental musics based in rock and jazz. He is a graduate of the William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he studied with bassist Rufus Reid and percussionist Kevin Norton. Arriving in Chicago in the fall of 2000, Ajemian embraced the then burgeoning progressive music community. Ajemian also vocalizes and utilizes electronics. His dizzying number of credits include work with Rob Mazurek, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Dragons 1976, Lay All Over It, Born Heller, Matt Bauder, Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble, Who Cares How Long You Sink, Triage, Mandarin Movie, the Chicago Underground Trio, and countless others."

-All Music (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/jason-ajemian-mn0000182374)
2/19/2018

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"Greg Ward is a saxophonist and composer that was born in Peoria, IL. Currently based in Chicago, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D'Angelo, and Mike Reed.

In 2000, Ward began his studies at Northern Illinois University where he worked with Steve Duke, Fareed Haque, Ron Carter, and Joey Sellers. Already interested in composition, having the opportunity to compose for NIU's jazz combos deepened his understanding of the inner-workings of music. Also, working with composer and arranger, Joey Sellers, equipped Ward with some important tools to further explore this new love.

Around his sophomore year in college, Ward started spending many nights performing in the jazz clubs of Chicago. Soon, he would meet another one of his mentors, saxophonist, Fred Anderson, who would later select him to host a jam session at the Velvet Lounge for four years. During this time period, Ward experienced much growth as a performer and composer and developed a vibrant community of performers, artists, dancers, and listeners.

After graduating from NIU in 2004 with a degree in Jazz Studies/Saxophone Performance, Ward moved to Chicago and took advantage of every opportunity that was offered to him. Composing two pieces for the International Contemporary Ensemble, performing a quartet composition for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Chamber Music Series, composing Wings for the Peoria Ballet Company, and being commissioned by the Jazz Institute of Chicago for a new composition, which was performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2009, are just a few of the many experiences that shaped Ward during his years in Chicago.

In 2009, Ward decided to move to New York City. Almost immediately after he arrived in NYC, he began working with JazzReach, an NYC-based jazz education organization that shares multi-media programs throughout the US. In 2010, he would produce his first CD as a leader with his Chicago-based band, Fitted Shards. South Side Story received much critical acclaim, including "Recording of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune. Next, in 2011, Ward formed Phonic Juggernaut, which features Damion Reid on drums and Joe Sanders on bass. Together, they recorded and released a CD on Thirsty Ear Recordings that same year. Also, in 2011, Ward composed and performed a commission from the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra for a concerto for jazz quartet and string orchestra. In 2012, Ward was selected as one of the two New Music USA Van Lier Fellows. In 2014, he received a commission/residency from the Jazz Gallery and premiered Capturing Sunlight, which was an hour-long work for septet and included a short documentary by Diana Quinones Rivera. The Capturing Sunlight project was inspired by the life and work of Preston Jackson.

Recently, Ward has collaborated with another composer, sound designer, and performer, Caleb Willitz. First, they composed the film score for Beresford Bennett's film, Pinch, which was an official selection of the 2015 San Diego Black Film Festival. Second, Ward and Willitz will be releasing an electro-acoustic project, Gaps and Spaces: Synoptic Optiks."

-Greg Ward Website (http://www.gregwardmusic.us/about/)
2/19/2018

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