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Moster, Parker, Abrams & Herndon: Ran Do (Clean Feed)

Chicago and Norway free improvisers come together in the quartet of Kjetil Moster (tenor sax), Jeff Parker (guitar), John Herndon (drums) and Joshua Abrams (double bass), having played once in Chicago's bar Rodan in 2008, and finally reunited to bring this album, blending polyrhythmic, rock, jazz, free playing, textural and grooves together into an exhilarating music.
 

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UPC: 5609063004571

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF457CD
Squidco Product Code: 25212

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio F, Bergen Kjott, in Bergen, Norway, on May 5th, 6th and 7th, 2015, by the band with help from Iver Sandoy.


Personnel:

Kjetil Moster-tenor saxophone

Jeff Parker-guitar

Joshua Abrams-double bass

John Herndon-drums

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"Kjetil Traavik Møster (born 17 June 1976) is a Norwegian jazz musician (tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet and bass clarinet) and composer, known from bands like The Core, Ultralyd, Brat, Zanussi 5, and performance with Chick Corea at Moldejazz 2000, later released on CD. He has also made his mark with experimental performances at the interface between electronic based fri-rock and jazz."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kjetil_M%C3%B8ster)
8/15/2022

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"Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American jazz and rock guitarist based in Los Angeles. Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with avant-garde electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Parker currently plays guitar in the post-rock group Tortoise and also was a founding member of the ensembles Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as working with musicians George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson (musician) and Jason Moran. He has released three solo albums: Like-Coping, The Relatives and Bright Light in Winter."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Parker_(musician))
8/15/2022

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"Bassist, Composer Joshua Abrams has been in the thick of chicago's vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. he co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band town & country (thrill jockey/box media) & with Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor the trio sticks & stones (thrill jockety/482 music). He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (eremite/delmark/eastern developments/lucky kitchen). He has appeared on over 50 recordings including records by Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake & Bindu, Bonny "prince" Billy, Nicole Mitchell Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, Sam Prekop, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, Ernest Dawkins Chicago 12, Savath & Savalis, Prefuse 73, Rhys Chatham, Rob Mazurek, Tortoise, the Roots, Edith Frost, Mia Doi Todd, Diverse, Joan of Arc, Lorren Mazzacane Connors, David Grubbs, David Boykin, Chris Conelly, & the Cairo Gang. He has performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Bill Dixon, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson trio, John Tchicai, the Exploding Star Orchestra, Henry Grimes, Axel Dorner, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Peter Evans, Damo Suzuki, Wilbert de Joode, Jandek, Walter Wierbos, Tony Conrad, Bobby Broom, Sean Bergin, Nate Wooley, Craig Taborn, David Stakenas, Fred Hopkins, Rhys Chatham, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Neil Michael Hagerty, Lin Halliday, Raymond Strid, Douglas Ewart, Toumani Diabate, the Chicago Underground Orchestra, Ron Dewar, Baby d, Kevin Drumm, Terry x, Frederick Lvunquist, Jim o'Rourke, Kurt Vonnegut, & Earle Brown. When in chicago he plays weekly with Jeff Parker and John Herndon."

-Nicole Mitchell Website (http://nicolemitchell.com/joshua-abrams)
8/15/2022

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"John Herndon was born in Long Island, NY in 1966 and eventually relocated to Western North Carolina with the communal living group the Grateful Union Family Trust, where he spent his childhood. Since the 1990's, John's primary work has been in music where he plays drum kit with several groups including but not limited to Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Pulsar Quartet, and Starlicker. He is also an illustrator and tattoo artist currently working and showing between Los Angeles and Chicago. His illustrative medium is primarily india ink, water color and gouache on paper."

-John Herndon Website (http://agrapedope.com/bio/)
8/15/2022

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track listing:


1. Orko 9:19

2. Dig Me Out 7:31

3. Island Life 2:54

4. Anicca 15:19

5. Pajama Jazz 7:31

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"Ran Do comes after the 2014 re-encounter of the quartet with Kjetil Moster, Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Joshua Abrams. Their first coincidental meeting happend at the bar Rodan in Chicago in 2008, where Parker, Herndon and Abrams played every tuesday night for years. Bass player Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten brought Kjetil Moster who was touring with electro-rockers DATAROCK at the moment, along to Rodan, and Parker recognizing Moster and his sax on his back invited him to join them on stage.

This was a very direct, intuitive, pure and spontaneus meeting creating the highest enthrillment amongst the performers and the listening part of the audience. Since then, the three Americans and Moster were longing for a second meeting. This merge of the with the Chicagoean and the Norwegian music community represented by Parker, Herndon and Abrams, were continued on the opportunity to meet again at Nattjazz festival in Bergen, Norway in May 2015. Parker and Herndon are members of Tortoise, Abrams is the mentor of Natural Information Society. The music inside is somehow extensive of the one proposed by Kjetil Moster's quartet "Moster!", a pollination of progressive and psychedelic rock elements (with members of the Norwegian bands Motorpsycho, Elephant9, BigBang and Monolithic) with a strong Coltranean influence, but now entering more decisively into post-rock domains and acquiring a more "Americanized" sound.

The CD follows a William S. Burroughs notion - "When you cut into the present the future leaks out" - and yes, from those old materials coming from the Sixties and the Seventies something new arises. Of course, you'll still find in Moster's saxophone playing the Scandinavian trademarks pioneered by Jan Garbarek, and also all his commitment to European free improvised music, but very alive is his other interest for the alternative and indie developments of rock and roll, the same that made him to join the bands Datarock and King Midas. Parker and Herndon swim in their natural element, equating abstract textures and groove, and Abrams - here switching his guimbri for the usual double bass - has ample space to conjure his love for the kind of repetitive motifs imagined by Terry Riley and Can. In one word: unmissable."-Clean Feed

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Clean Feed
Improvised Music
Jazz
Quartet Recordings
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms

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