Carl Clements (saxophones and Indian flute) received a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the City University of New York Graduate Center, an MFA in Jazz Performance from the California Institute of the Arts, and a BM in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the Berklee College of Music. He has played saxophone for over forty years, and has been studying North Indian classical music on the bansuri (North Indian bamboo flute) since 1989. He has performed extensively in a wide range of styles, and is featured on numerous recordings including a CD of his original compositions for jazz quartet entitled Forth and Back, three CDs with guitarist Kevin Kastning, four CDs with the eclectic jazz group Crosscurrent, and many others. Clements has performed extensively at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the world, and has performed and/or recorded with Kevin Kastning, Luciana Souza, Gary Smulyan, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner, Willard Dyson, George Schuller, John Lockwood, James Newton, Luques Curtis, Jean-Yves Jung, Russ Spiegel, Ranjit Barot, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa, Louiz Banks, Ed Byrne, Charlie Haden, Natraj, and many others. He is currently teaching at Amherst College, and is active as a performer and composer in the international jazz and world music scenes.
The 13 entirely improvised pieces on this sublimely
beautiful recording by Kastning... and Clements... tap
deep wells of subterranean feeling while simultaneously
filtering light from the Empyrean.
Barry Cleveland, GuitarPlayer.com
catch the remarkable tone Clements invokes... sounding
like a lost artifact from Oregon's prime, something
providentially found on the cutting room floor during
that remarkable band's Music from Another Present Era
period...Clements is... conversationally inclined,
explorative, emotionally invested, at times
Garbarekesque... Clements.. wastes no time mesmerizing
the listener as the guitar paints backdrops for his
pensees and visions.