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Two As One

Label: Abray Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rejoiceful Reunion; Inner Vision; Diss & Dass; To the Masters Before; Defending the Gate; Rhythm of My Birth; Repentance; Form Is Emptiness; Gone Gone Gone Beyond; Awake So Be It.

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Abbey Rader and John McMinn: Two As One

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Drummer Abbey Rader and saxophonist & pianist John McMinn have forged a seamless camaraderie and sublime creative synergy over the course of 30-plus years. In March of 2020, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, they were obliged to stop performing together. Sixteen months later they reunited in Miami for a poignant and moving set of entirely improvised ...

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Duo from the Heart

Label: Abray Productions
Released: 2020
Track listing: Late Opening; Deep Seeing; Skimming Over & Forgiving; Acknowledging the Roots; Freedom With Roots; Prayers at the Wall; Wanting for Nothing.

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Abbey Radar and John McMinn: Duo from the Heart

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Drummer Abbey Rader is a nuanced and expressive percussionist and an adventurous and introspective improviser. His body of work of over two dozen releases is, perhaps, one of the most mystical on today's creative music scene. The sublime Duo from the Heart is one of his more intimate recordings pairing him with long time collaborator pianist ...

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Second Gathering

Label: Abray Productions
Released: 2018
Track listing: Slidin' in and Out; Uncovering the Jewel in the Lotus; If You Can Light It; Finding the Still Point; Till Next Time.

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Abbey Rader West Coast Quartet: Second Gathering

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Drummer Abbey Rader is a consummate improviser and an innovative bandleader. His intrepid creativity evolves and transforms with each recording. The 2018 Second Gathering is no exception. On it Rader leads his West Coast Quartet on five spontaneously composed multilayered tracks that bear his indelible mark of cerebral spirituality. The ambience of “Uncovering the ...

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Abbey Rader and John McMinn: Phenobarbital Sessions

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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

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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 ...

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Ritual

Label: Abray Productions
Released: 2017
Track listing: Ritual: Circles Drawn, Ritual, Interiority, Conjurations, Circles Broken

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Phenobarbital Sessions

Label: Abray Productions
Released: 2017
Track listing: Envelope; Puzzle; Accident; Pecan Trees; Argument; Asleep at the Wheel; Wandering; Confrontation; Socked in the Jaw; Out of Breath; Evening News; Strangulation; Return; Premeditated; Tippi's Notebook; Payphone.


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