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Bradford, Bobby / Hafez Modirzadeh / Roberto Miranda / Vijay Anderson: Live At The Blue Whale  [VINY (NoBusiness)

Cornetist Bobby Bradford leads this quartet with soprano saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, also playing karna and khaen; bassist Roberto Miguel Miranda; and East Coast drummer Vijay Anderson, in a live concert at the Blue Whale in Los Angeles in 2017, a sophisticated avant jazz outing including a set of variations for Ornette Coleman, a great example of modern creative form.
 

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Bobby Bradford-cornet

Hafez Modirzadeh-soprano saxophone, karna and khaen

Roberto Miguel Miranda-bass

Vijay Anderson-drums


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Edition of 300 copies.

Label: NoBusiness
Catalog ID: NBLP119
Squidco Product Code: 26800

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Lithuania
Packaging: LP
Recorded live at the Blue Whale, in Los Angeles, California, on January 15th, 2017, by Andersonix.com.

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"Cornetist Bobby Bradford (Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, John Carter) has been a pivotal figure in the "new" jazz leanings on the U.S. West Coast and the global panorama, performing with the best and brightest. Since 2016, Bradford co-leads a quartet with reedman and musicologist Hafez Modirzadeh (Amir ElSaffar, Rudresh Mahanthappa), supplemented by the strong and impassioned rhythm section, featuring A-list session artists, drummer Vijay Anderson and bassist Roberto Miguel Miranda.

As expected, Bradford's masterful use of space allows the listener to ease into his concise and lyrical statements as the quartet sprouts into variable bop tempos. In addition, Midorzadeh's fluent and inspiring choruses are occasionally tinted with experimental outbreaks. Here, the soloists often expand, contract and rework tangible themes and harmonic content into improvisational forums, along with a little angst and slants towards the free zone.

The final track "Crooked Blues" feature the soloists' singing notes, evolving to a sprightly mid-tempo groove via lighthearted bump and grind passages, abetted by the saxophonist's popping lines amid call and response movements incited by Anderson's upbeat fills, as the the hornists push and taunt each other above Miranda's punctuated walking bass parts, followed by Bradford's undulating solo spot. During the bridge, they launch into a fast-paced bop vamp with a relaxed gait, and throttle back to the core theme, but this time, they perform the primary hook in its entirety, which is a shrewd move on their part. Previously, the hornists mainly hint at a core melody-line, yet not executed in unison.

This is a quartet that operates on a higher plane, contrasted with cunning interactions and inviting song-forms, while generating a fun-factor that should light a spark for most jazz aficionados who listen to jazz with an open mind. Indeed, it sounds like they gave the audience in attendance more than their money's worth."-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz


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Artist Biographies

"Bobby Lee Bradford (born July 19, 1934) is an American jazz trumpeter, cornetist, bandleader, and composer. He is noted for his work with Ornette Coleman. In October 2009, Bradford became the second recipient of the Festival of New Trumpet Music's Award of Recognition.

Bobby Lee Bradford's life begins in Mississippi, he and his family then moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1946. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 1953 where he reunited with Ornette Coleman, whom he had previously known in Texas. Bradford subsequently joined Coleman's ensemble, but was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and replaced by Don Cherry.

After playing in military bands from late 1954 to late 1958, he rejoined Coleman's quartet from 1961 to 1963, which infrequently performed in public, but was indeed recorded under Coleman's Atlantic contract. Quite unfortunately, these tapes were among those many destroyed in the Great Atlantic Vault Fire. Freddie Hubbard acted as Bradford's replacement upon his departure to return to the West Coast and pursue further studies. Bradford soon began a long-running and relatively well-documented association with the clarinetist John Carter, a pairing that brought both increased exposure at international festivals (though the records remain scantily available, when one excludes web rips and bootlegs). Following Carter's death in 1991, Bradford fronted his own ensemble known as The Mo'tet, with which he has continued to perform since. He is the father of drummer Dennis Bradford. He is also the father of jazz vocalist Carmen Bradford.

He holds a B.M. degree from Huston-Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin, Texas.

In addition to Coleman, Bradford has performed with Eric Dolphy, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Ingebrigt Hker-Flaten, Bob Stewart, Charlie Haden, George Lewis (trmbn.), James Newton, Frode Gjerstad, Vinny Golia, Paal Nilssen-Love, and David Murray, who was previously a student of his in the 1970s.

He is an instructor at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California, and Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he teaches The History of Jazz, known to be one of the most popular classes available."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Bradford)
11/27/2023

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"Saxophonist/theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has performed, recorded, published and lectured internationally on original cross-cultural musical concepts which include "Convergence Liberation" (in Critical Studies in Improvisation, 2011), "Compost Music" (in Leonardo, 2009), "Aural Archetypes" (in Black Music Research, 2001), as well as "Chromodality" (for Wesleyan University, 1992). Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow, Dr. Modirzadeh received a Senior Fulbright Award in 2006 to work with Flamenco and Gnawan traditions in Andalucia and Morocco, and again in 2014, to research Turkish Makam harmonization in Ankara. He is currently a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University."

-Hafez Modirzadeh Website (http://hafezmodirzadeh.com/bio)
11/27/2023

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Roberto Miguel Miranda is a US West Coast bassist, who has been a membr of groups Glenn Horiuchi Trio, Horace Tapscott Sextet, John Carter Quintet, Michele Rosewoman Quartet, Roberto Miranda Ensemble, The Gathering, The John Carter Octet, The Vinny Golia Large Ensemble, The Vinny Golia Quintet, The Vinny Golia Trio.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/338612-Roberto-Miranda)
11/27/2023

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"Vijay Anderson is a freelance drummer, bandleader, composer, and teacher who recently relocated to Brooklyn, New York. He has performed and recorded with Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalists Lynn Johnston and Vinny Golia; Bay Area composers/performers Ben Goldberg, Sheldon Brown, Graham Connah, Darren Johnston, Smith Dobson V, Lisa Mezzacappa, Aaron Bennett, Ava Mendoza, Hafez Modirzadeh and saxophonist/composer Marco Eneidi. He has worked extensively with bass player/composer Adam Lane as part of Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra, the Adam Lane Trio featuring Vinny Golia, and Adam Lane's Blue Spirit Band featuring Avram Fefer and Roy Campbell. He holds a MFA in music performance from Mills College and a BA in music performance from S.F. State.Anderson has composed and performed original scores for filmmakers Jeff Kao and Tim Hicks as well as for projects by the Facing East Dance Company. Other notable career highlights include performing with Connie Crothers, Virg Dzurinko, Daniel Carter, Roberto Miranda, Bobby Bradford, William Roper, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Darius Jones, Prasant Radhakrishnan, Paul Smoker, John Tchicai, Wadada Leo Smith, Herb Robertson, Steve Swell, Kenny Wessel, Ken Filiano, Garrison Fewell, Karl Berger's Stone Workshop, Steve Adams, Bishop Norman Williams, BJ Papa, the Bill Horvitz Expanded Band, Phillip Johnston, Joel Forrester, Mike Watt, Chuck Dukowski, and Slovenly Jr. (subbing for Rob Holzman).Anderson has performed at many venues in the Bay Area and beyond, including: Yoshi's, the Stone, Bruno's, Café Claude, the Comstock Saloon, Barbes, the Luggage Store, New Langton Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bop Shop, the Hammer Museum, the Berkeley Art Museum, the De Young Museum, and Intersection for the Arts. He also has performed at many festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Alternative Music Festival, the North Beach Jazz Festival, Cimpfest 2011 in Villach, Austria, the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy, The 2013 VDU Jazz Connections Festival in Kaunas, Lithuania, The San Francisco Jazz Festival in 2014, and the Outsound Music Festival in 2016 and 2017.Anderson's recorded work can be found on Cadence Jazz Records, Clean Feed, CIMP, Pax Recordings, Edgetone, Evander Music, 3 Beads of Sweat, NotTwo, NineWinds, and NoBusiness Records. He additionally leads two of his own bands, the Vijay Anderson Quartet, and the Touch and Go Sextet. His first record under his own name, entitled "Hard Boiled Wonderland" was released in August 2010 on Nottwo Records. In 2012, Anderson received a travel grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to take the Touch and Go Sextet to the Novara Jazz Festival 2012 in Novara, Italy. A recording of this concert was released in 2014 on the NineWinds Label.Recent work includes performing with Sheldon Brown's Blood of the Air, as well as various groups with saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh, including a quartet with bassist Mark Dresser and pianist/composer Diane Moser. Other recent projects include the Silverscreen Sextet involving luminaries from Los Angeles creative music scene as well the Adam Lane Trio featuring alto saxophonist Nick Lyons which toured the Russian Federation in 2017."-Vijay Anderson Website (http://vijayanderson.com/bio/)
11/27/2023

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. Raphael 12:19

2. Free The Idea 06:50

3. Lunatique 02:47

SIDE B



1. Almost Not Crazy 11:32

2. Crooked Blues 08:04

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