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Rob Brown: Crown Trunk Root Funk

Read "Crown Trunk Root Funk" reviewed by John Sharpe

One-off assemblages can be hit or miss affairs, but so powerful was saxophonist Rob Brown's ensemble at the 2006 Vision Festival that it was deemed essential that they were brought into the studio.

With his carefully controlled use of harmonics and split tones, allied to a quicksilver inventiveness, Brown is one of the most ...

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Rob Brown: Crown Trunk Root Funk

Read "Crown Trunk Root Funk" reviewed by Lyn Horton

The function of liner notes is to bring the listener closer to the music. They need not be very broad in scope. Some of the most straightforward liner notes are often the most useful. For they do not impose layers of unnecessary skin to peel away in order to reach their point. After all, the music ...

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Rob Brown Ensemble: Crown Trunk Root Funk

Read "Crown Trunk Root Funk" reviewed by Troy Collins

After its successful premier at the 2006 Vision Festival, alto saxophonist Rob Brown took his newest ensemble into the studio to record Crown Trunk Root Funk, his first recording as a leader for AUM Fidelity. A formidable blend of funky abstraction, angular post-bop and dark impressionism, it offers an expansive view of Brown's adventurous aesthetic.