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Abbey Rader and John McMinn: Phenobarbital Sessions

Read "Phenobarbital Sessions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Improvised soundtracks in motion pictures have a venerable tradition. Perhaps the best known among them remains trumpeter Miles Davis' Ascenceur Pour L'Echafaut (Fontana, 1958). Film director Jorge Rubiera, who had made a documentary on the intrepid drummer Abbey Rader, approached him for a score for his project “Phenobarbital." Rader together with longtime collaborator saxophonist John McMinn ...

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Abbey Rader: Ritual

Read "Ritual" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The stimulating Ritual is an energetic and intricate improvised session that drummer Abbey Rader lead on the 27th January of 2016. Although this absorbing music is free flowing and created on the spot it has a definite, fluid structure to it. The primary reason for this is the shared musical vision among Rader and his side ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Abbey Rader in the Spotlight: Ritual and Phenobarbital Sessions

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There are no springs in Coral Springs, Florida. What the Broward County city does have is a remarkable ability to adapt. Two of its most popular landmarks, The Coral Springs Center for the Arts and The Museum of Coral Springs History, were originally designed as a gymnasium and real estate office respectively. Despite its surprising lack ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Abbey Rader Releases Two Diverse Albums On Bandcamp; The Fiery "Ritual" And The Meditative Soundtrack "Phenobarbital Sessions"

Abbey Rader Releases Two Diverse Albums On Bandcamp; The Fiery "Ritual" And The Meditative Soundtrack "Phenobarbital Sessions"

Legendary free jazz drummer, Abbey Rader, is back with two new albums. Ritual is a burning trio set with bassist Kyle Motl and saxophonist Drew Ceccato. Phenobarbital Sessions is a deeply moving set of 16 improvised tracks recorded for a short film by Jorge Rubiera. It features Abbey on drums, percussion, and gongs, while longtime collaborator, ...

Abbey Rader's West Coast Quartet: First Gathering

Read "First Gathering" reviewed by John Sharpe

Veteran drummer Abbey Rader's foray to California adds a further chapter to the welcome renaissance of reedman Peter Kuhn. Both men were part of the New York loft jazz scene in the 1970s, but while Kuhn eventually dropped from view in the early '80s, Rader persisted, first moving to Europe, but later returning to Florida where ...

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by John Sharpe

Drummer Abbey Rader first encountered celebrated reedman Kidd Jordan when he was touring with Billy Bang and Frank Lowe back in 2000, as a member of the outfit featured on One For Jazz (No More Records, 2001). Jordan sat in, and the ensuing mix was successful enough for Rader to intend a follow up. That didn't ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Intrepid drummer Abbey Rader's second release in 2016, Reunion documents a stimulating live session at the, now sadly defunct, Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) in Miami. Iconoclastic jazzman and legendary saxophonist Kidd Jordan joins Rader and his quartet for this exhilarating improvisational set captured at the above mentioned venue on Halloween night of 2012.

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Peter Ponzol and Abbey Rader: It's Time

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Reedman Peter Ponzol not only designs and makes unique mouthpieces for various saxophones he is also an imaginative improviser with a singular style. He and intrepid drummer Abbey Rader have a long history of collaboration spanning over four decades. On their 2016 It's Time they perform 11 intimate, original duets that are full of sublime mysticism ...

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Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

Abbey Rader & Kidd Jordan Release First Album Together - "Reunion"

In a busy summer, Abbey Rader has released his second recording in as many months. Reunion is a collaboration with saxophonist Kidd Jordan. The album is their first together. It follows the June release of It's Time, a duet session with Abbey and longtime collaborator Peter Ponzol. The chain of events that led to Reunion can be ...

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Abbey Rader's West Coast Quartet: First Gathering

Read "First Gathering" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

With the provocative First Gathering, drummer Abbey Rader unveils an intriguingly new musical approach. Over the past decade or so Rader has consistently utilized two woodwinds on his recordings with saxophonists John McMinn and Noah Brandmark filling those roles on his last three sessions. Rader's current West Coast Quartet features reedmen Peter Kuhn and Drew Ceccato ...