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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

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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).

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Lockdown

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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Article: Album Review

Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra: Lockdown

Read "Lockdown" reviewed by Jack Bowers


After taking a pleasant and romantic Midnight Stroll in 2019, trumpeter/composer Joshua Jern's Chicago-based Jazz Orchestra (like almost everyone else) began a coronavirus-decreed Lockdown but has emerged two years later from that self-imposed hiatus swinging harder and more often than ever. As before, most compositions and all arrangements are by Jern; and as before, the orchestra ...

Article: Album Review

Caroline Davis & Rob Clearfield PERSONA: Anthem

Read "Anthem" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Disco di jazz moderno composto tutto da originali, con l'esclusione di “Miss Ann," omaggio a Eric Dolphy, Anthem ruota attorno alle personalità dei due leader, la sassofonista Caroline Davis e il pianista Rob Clearfield. Entrambi non ancora quarantenni, i due non sono ancora artisti di primissimo piano, ma hanno alle spalle diversi album a proprio nome ...

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The Shadows and The Light

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shadow Intro; Batá Chop; At This Point In Time; Rift; Pathways; Sahara; Star Cluster; Moon Vision; Ecliptics; Planet Earth; Jupiter Moon; Horizons; King Korn; The Shadows and The Light; Lucid Dream.

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Forward

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: November Lake; Oak Park; Gentle; Grace At The Gavel Or Grace At The Gallows; Focal Point; Water Tower Sunset.

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Golden Daffodil

Label: Woolgathering
Released: 2020
Track listing: Dear Alice; I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life; Here's That Rainy Day; My Shining Hour; Days Of Gray; September In The Rain; Secret Love; The Nearness Of You; Wasting Time.


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