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Rob Brown Trio: Live at Firehouse 12

Read "Live at Firehouse 12" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Alto saxophonist Rob Brown has the lean physique and worried forehead of a typical free jazz improviser, but through his associations with the leading forces of the downtown scene (including Matthew Shipp and, most fruitfully, William Parker) he has positioned himself as an in-demand sideman as well as a creative and ear-catching leader. He has been ...

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Rob Brown Trio: Sounds

Read "Sounds" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The title, Sounds, might oversimplify the concept for Rob Brown's latest trio. Or maybe it allows for the multiple possibilities.

You see it is not just jazz sounds that are made here, nor is it only modern or avant-garde music. Brown is stretching the elastic of music-making, just like Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler once did. ...

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Rob Brown Trio: Sounds

Read "Sounds" reviewed by Troy Collins

Alto saxophonist Rob Brown has been a fixture on New York's avant-garde scene for over two decades. Working closely with Matthew Shipp, William Parker, Joe Morris and Whit Dickey, Brown has appeared on over fifty albums, and more than a dozen as a leader or co-leader.

Typically working in a piano-less quartet format on ...

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Rob Brown Trio: Sounds

Read "Sounds" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Sounds is as much a mission statement as a name for the debut CD by the Rob Brown Trio. Matching his alto saxophone with Daniel Levin's cello and Satoshi Takeishi's Japanese Taiko percussion, Brown frees himself from the expectations of the standard sax-plus-rhythm trio. The textural range of the instrumentation, particularly the exotic percussion and the ...

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Rob Brown Trio: Round the Bend

Read "Round the Bend" reviewed by John Kelman

A mainstay of the New York improvising scene that includes Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, and William Parker (who appears on this date), alto saxophonist Rob Brown continues to cement his reputation as a player of note, evidenced on Round the Bend, a varied programme of free jazz .

Brown’s fiery playing comes from the Anthony Braxton ...