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Grass Roots (Darrius Jones): Grass Roots (Aum Fidelity)

A new collective group of Chad Taylor (drums), Darius Jones (sax), Alex Harding (sax), and Sean Conly (bass) with each track composed by a different group member, creating distinct pieces that are essential to the complete album.

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product information:

UPC: 642623307526

Label: Aum Fidelity
Catalog ID: AUM 075CD
Squidco Product Code: 16878

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded by Michael Marciano at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn on August 26th, 2011.


Sean Conly-bass

Alex Harding-baritone saxophone

Darius Jones-alto saxophone

Chad Taylor-drums

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track listing:

1. Hotttness 8:01

2. Lovelorn 9:16

3. Ricochet 3:51

4. Schnibbett 11:50

5. Flight AZ 1734 6:39

6. Whatiss 10:45

7. Hovering Above 8:32
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"Grass Roots is a brand new collective group featuring drummer Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground), alto sax-man Darius Jones, baritone sax-man Alex Harding (FELA! Broadway cast/group member) and bassist Sean Conly. Because each member of Grass Roots composes for this group, each track (in its multiple layers) is distinct unto itself yet integral to the whole. Their sectional arrangements evince great thought and attention to detail; the performances thereof always bring the soul of unfettered expression. Orchestral fanfares evolve into monster grooves with longing melodies, which then transform into gloriously searing free sections which invariably lock down again into a monster groove. It's almost scary how bad-ass this group is as they throw down their gauntlet. The final piece on the album recorded at the conclusion of the session and utterly unique to it, creates an alien landscape rich with flora and fauna and then proceeds to explore that landscape (seemingly) from the perspective of a giant dragonfly."-Aum Fidelity

Artist Biographies:

"Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music:

"What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages."

Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University."

-Chad Taylor Website (

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