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Rob Clearfield

Hailing from Oak Park, IL, pianist, guitarist, composer and improviser Rob Clearfield grew up steeped in music. After a childhood filled with garage bands, gospel choirs, South American guitar ensembles, and everything in between, Rob moved to Chicago to study at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. During and after college, he embedded himself in the local music scene, residing in the city for fifteen years. Over the course of his career, Rob has had the privilege of performing with artists such as John Wetton, Patricia Barber, Howard Levy, Makaya McCraven, Marquis Hill, Eighth Blackbird, Fareed Haque, Isaiah Sharkey, Adam Larson, and Greg Ward, among others


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mars Williams, Bro / Danielsson / Mazur & Andreas Willers

Read "Mars Williams, Bro / Danielsson / Mazur & Andreas Willers" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a noticeable tilt towards new European releases in this episode, highlighted by Danish guitarist Jakob Bro with two of his idols, trumpeter Palle Danielsson & percussionist Marilyn Mazur for a new album, Strands; German guitarist Andreas Willers and his trio Derek Plays Eric, ratchet up the heat on their latest; Aut Records sent along new ...



Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Abraham; Dirge; Ya Sahbi; What Broke You?; Wabisabi; Bayat Blues; Truth; Who Shall Grant Me Flight; Farewell.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More

Read "New Music From Wiening, Jukič, Roberts, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new releases from Mareike Wiening, Robert Jukič, Gastón de la Cruz Quartet, Mac Gollehon & the Hispanic Mechanics, Matana Roberts, Trio, Alex Norris, Tam Thi Pham with Fiona Xue Ju & Camila Nebbia, Joel Styzens, Trombone Ensemble Nabou Claerhout, Allison Au and the Migrations Ensemble, Dave Young Quartet, Rob Clearfield, John ...


Article: Album Review

Itamar Borochov: Arba

Read "Arba" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Trumpeter Itamar Borochov is originally from the Middle East but is part of the New York jazz scene. He plays a quarter-tone trumpet which helps bring an unusual expressiveness and calm to his sound, This is well-suited to the music he plays which is steeped in the chords and scales of the Mediterranean area where he ...


In These Times

Label: International Anthem Recording Company
Released: 2022
Track listing: In These Times; The Fours; High Fives; Dream Another; Lullaby; This Place That Place; The Calling; Seventh String; So Ubuji; The Knew Untitled; The Title.


Concentric Orbits

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2022
Track listing: Orbit 1; Orbit 2; Orbit (excerpt 1); Orbit 1 (excerpt 2); Orbit 1 (excerpt 3); Orbit 1 (excerpt 4); Orbit 2 (excerpt 1); Orbit 2 (excerpt 2); Orbit 2 (excerpt 3).


Article: Album Review

Rob Clearfield and Quin Kirchner: Concentric Orbits

Read "Concentric Orbits" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Listeners familiar with the current Chicago jazz scene will need no introduction to pianist Rob Clearfield and drummer Quin Kirchner. Both have been intrinsic to others' projects over the years, such as Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms (Woolgathering, 2019) and Greg Ward's High Alert (Sugah Hoof, 2020), but their most prominent partnership to date is probably Kirchner's ...


Article: Album Review

Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the central figures of Chicago's thriving jazz scene, bassist Matt Ulery has cultivated fruitful relationships with a core of compatriots who embody the grit and beauty of the music coming out of the Windy City. He maintains a host of projects, one of the foremost being Delicate Charms, a group that released its self-titled ...



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Bread Crumbs; Summertime; Amazing Grace; Closet Monster; No Moon at All; A Stretch of the Truth; Over the Rainbow; We Got This on Lockdown; August Song.


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