Oakland, CA, based jazz and improvisation protagonist, alto saxophonist Aram Shelton could hold his own with most anyone in a cutting-contest. But there's more than a whole lot of technical acumen taking place with Ton Trio II. One of the principle selling points so to speak, is how the musicians impeccably integrate the modern jazz vernacular with invocative avant-garde campaigns, heaving with impact and intensifying discourses. The trio's spry and spunky demeanor is led by Shelton's burly tone and fluent phrasings amid a search and conquer manifesto. On Orange Poppies," the band whirls through--with the greatest of ease--a ...read more
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