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Rob Brown

ob Brown was born in 1962 in Hampton VA. Rob took up the saxophone at age 12. Early on he was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy by his older brother who also played the saxophone. He played in school concert and jazz bands by age 13 and started playing with a performing/traveling jazz-blues band at age 16. During his first year of college Rob made a serious commitment to developing his music and he moved to Boston in 1981 to study. There he encountered many other young hard working musicians that inspired him and within a couple of years Rob saw the direction he wanted to pursue as an artist, and that Boston was not the best place for him to realise that. Rob moved to New York in 1984 and established the musical relationships that came to define his career

Then Now

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2020
Track listing: Then Now #1 - #8.

Expanding Light

Label: Tao Forms
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Outer Edge; Desert Flower; Plateau; Expanding Light; Möbius; The Opening.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Matthew Shipp / Rob Brown: Then Now

Read "Then Now" reviewed by John Sharpe

Then Now presents a reprise of both pianist Matthew Shipp's and alto saxophonist Rob Brown's debut recording, a duet entitled Sonic Explorations (CJR, 1988). Though they have occasionally collaborated since—last heard together on Magnetism(s) (Rogue Art, 2017) alongside bassist William Parker—this is their first album as a twosome since Blink Of An Eye (No More, 1997). ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rob Brown - Matthew Shipp: Then Now

Read "Then Now" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Much could be written about pianist Matthew Shipp and saxophonist Rob Brown's respective legacies within progressive jazz and improvisational circles in the US and abroad. Hence, these narratives are well-documented spanning several decades. On this release, the duo aligns for the third time, following Sonic Explorations (Cadence, 1988) and Blink of an Eye (No More Records, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski, Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The striking absence of a bassist on this organ-trio tribute to William Parker speaks volumes about the singular approach that Jeff Cosgrove, John Medeski and Jeff Lederer have taken to the compositions of a modern jazz great. Parker's music is so diverse, his output so vast, that a cohesive overview would be difficult to distil onto ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Whit Dickey Trio: Expanding Light

Read "Expanding Light" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Highly respected, longtime New York City-based drummer Whit Dickey, frequent collaborator, and laudable alto saxophonist Rob Brown and young bassist Brandon Lopez consummate this trio's debut recording. As most would surmise, the musicians explore and refresh the peripheries of free jazz improvisation. Dickey and Brown's involvement with the always fertile NY improv scene is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Cosgrove/John Medeski/Jeff Lederer: History Gets Ahead of the Story

Read "History Gets Ahead of the Story" reviewed by Troy Dostert

As he has been one of the most influential and prolific musicians in the jazz avant-garde since the 1980s, it is surprising that bassist William Parker hasn't gotten more credit as a composer. Perhaps due in part to the sheer volume of his recordings--including every imaginable context, from solo bass to small/medium-sized groups to big-band outings--it ...

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Music from new label Tao Forms

Read "Music from new label Tao Forms" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Tao Forms is a new recording label launched in Spring 2020. Drummer—improviser—composer Whit Dickey is both the creative director and executive producer of this fresh endeavour. Matthew Shipp's The Piano Equation was the label's inaugural release. It was followed by Expanding Light, which is the new work by Whit Dickey himself. The music is distributed by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Whit Dickey: Morph

Read "Morph" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Two players on Morph, Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley, hardly need an introduction to those who venture into free jazz or experimental waters. But the leader, free jazz drummer Whit Dickey, is more of an enigma. Though prolific, his credits are more often in a supporting role. Dickey has been working with Shipp for nearly four ...


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