The music of bassist Jason Roebke and his trio of guitarist Matthew Schneider and drummer Marcus Evan is rooted in the leader's solid bass work and the tasteful and informed lyrical freedom of his sidemen, as heard in this live performace Chicago's Hungry Brain.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF339
Squidco Product Code: 21001
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live to 2 track by Jason Roebke on October 5 and December 21, 2014 at the Hungry Brain, Chicago, IL.
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"Jason Roebke is a double bassist, improviser and composer living in Chicago. He was born and raised in tiny Kaukauna, Wisconsin in 1974 and began playing electric bass at age 14. His first fascination was with Motown bassist James Jamerson. Roebke's first introduction to jazz was at a summer jazz camp run by local legend, pianist, John Harmon. Here he heard recordings of Charlie Parker and a life long fascination with music was begun. His high school band director had a small jazz CD collection which included Ornette Coleman's "The Art of the Improvisers" and Charles Mingus "Mingus Ah Um" which he listed to endlessly for years.
Entering college at the University of Minnesota for an extremely short stay, he returned to Wisconsin, graduating from a small liberal arts university in 1996. Roebke moved to Madison, WI to study with legendary saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell. There he worked as Mitchell's music copyist for 18 months, spending nearly everyday at Mitchell's home reworking orchestral and chamber music scores with the composer. In 1998, Roebke entered the University of Michigan where he studied with bassist Rodney Whitaker.
In 1999, Roebke moved to Chicago and quickly began working with a new crop of young improvisers. There were early associations with saxophonists Aram Shelton, Dave Rempis and Matt Bauder (also a Michigan alumnus); drummers Tim Daisy and Frank Rosaly and cornetist Josh Berman. Soon after his arrival in Chicago, Roebke organized his first quartet with Bauder, guitarist Jeff Parker, and drummer Chad Taylor. He also began playing with a large improvising ensemble Chicago Improvisers Group with Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Michael Zerang, Jim Baker among others. He made his first recording as a leader in 2003 with "Rapid Croche" on 482 Music. A trio session with saxophonist Aram Shelton and drummer Tim Daisy, the recording was a critical success. Also during this time, Roebke began his long and continuing association with Fred Lonberg-Holm. Roebke played, toured and recorded with Lonberg-Holm's Terminal 4 and Valentine Trio. Roebke was the instigator of three recordings and a tour with the improvising trio tigersmilk, with cornetist Rob Mazurek and Vancouver drummer Dylan van der Schyff.
In recent years, Roebke has been playing with Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown, Jason Stein Trio, Jeb Bishop Trio, James Falzone's KLANG, Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, Pillow Circles, and The Whammies, Keefe Jackson, and Mike Reed's People, Places, and Things. The trio of Nate Wooley, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Roebke released two recordings "Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing" and an untitled LP. Roebke and Berlin-based tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius released a duo CD on Nottwo Records in 2012."-Jason Roebke Website (http://www.jasonroebke.info/biography/)
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1. Every Sunday 23:08
2. So Big 20:16
3. For Jimmy Woods 15:11
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"The bass is an intermediary. At once rhythmic, textural, melodic and harmonic. It can keep the band together or signal a dissipation. Let's face it: nothing makes more sense than to have the double bassist as bandleader. What about being the bassist also the composer of the band? Well, that's another story. The music of Jason Roebke is raw and grounded. The journey is, in itself, the destination. A kind of musique vérité, particular to the ethos of his native Chicago, embracing crackly amplifiers and slamming doors at the legendary Chicago "Hungry Brain" club.
It's with no surprise that the bass playing in Every Sunday is put to the service of this trio with Matthew Schneider and Marcus Evans, instead of being the main voice. Recalling the work of is composition teacher, and the jazz luminary for whom he worked as a music copyist, Roscoe Mitchell, the trio waits for just the right moment to tumble, pause or glide, like a jazz melted into the cracks of free improvisation. Roebke weaves his bass in and out of the spotlight, always at the service of the music.
In that particular, there's no great difference between the Roebke leader and the Roebke sideman in groups like Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Adasiewicz Rolldown, Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore or Mike Reed's People, Places and Things. Guitarist Matthew Schneider deconstructs beautiful melodies with his guitar until they get totally abstract and the drummer, Marcus Evans, moves from the "miss-one-beat" swing of the post-bop era to rather puzzling textures."-Clean Feed
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz
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