All About Jazz: The web's most comprehensive jazz resource

Serving jazz worldwide since 1995
All About Jazz: The web's most comprehensive jazz resource

CD/LP/Track Review

Aram Shelton: Everything For Somebody (2012)

By Published: August 8, 2012
Aram Shelton: Everything For Somebody Alto saxophonist Aram Shelton cannot break his Chicago habit. We're not talking that monkey woman Joe Williams
Joe Williams
Joe Williams
1918 - 1999
vocalist
used to sing about, back in the day. Shelton, who left Chicago a few years back for the Bay area of California, returns to the windy city often, both physically and for its sound.

His second quartet recording, like These Times (Singlespeed Music, 2010) lands smack-dab on the Midwestern map. The saxophonist recruited three Chicagoans—saxophonist Keefe Jackson
Keefe Jackson
Keefe Jackson

saxophone
(Jason Stein
Jason Stein
Jason Stein
b.1976
clarinet, bass
Quartet, Josh Berman, Fast Citizens), bassist Anton Hatwich (Rempis Percussion Quartet, Wrack), and go-to drummer Timothy Daisy
Timothy Daisy
Timothy Daisy
b.1976
drums
(Ken Vandermark
Ken Vandermark
Ken Vandermark
b.1964
saxophone
, Dave Rempis
Dave Rempis
Dave Rempis

saxophone
, James Falzone
James Falzone
James Falzone

clarinet
)—to collaborate on this project.

The quartet's sound derive s from a gratifying mix of Shelton's compositions and the band's improvised playing. The six tracks heard here neither stray too far from the themes, nor are they contained by stifled by the written notes. The disc opens and closes with two very Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
-sounding tracks. Both "Anticipation" and "Fleeting" spin gamboling patterns and joyous sound before opening up for some seemingly pell-mell soloing. Jackson and Shelton trade-off, while Hatwich and Daisy keep the order with a proper groove.

Elsewhere, subtlety rules the hour. Shelton's compositions ease into quieter moments, as with the title track and the skulking, open-ended "Joints And Tendons," featuring paired improvisers placidly reaching for a freedom that starts and stops with injections of melody and harmony. "Deadfall" opens with a memorable solo by Shelton, before gaining momentum and a burning intensity. Everything For Somebody begs to be heard in a live setting; this is of the tightest bands of loose improvisers playing today.


Track Listing: Anticipation; Everything For Somebody; Joints And Tendons:; Barely Talking: Deadfall; Fleeting.

Personnel: Aram Shelton: alto saxophone; Keefe Jackson: tenor saxophone; Anton Hatwich: bass; Tim Daisy: drums.

Record Label: Singlespeed Music

Style: Modern Jazz



comments powered by Disqus