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ROB BROWN Ensemble....Crown Trunk Root Funk
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4. GHOST DOG 7:31

6. LIFEBOAT 6:27

All compositions by Rob Brown, C 2008 Self-Propelled Music (BMI); P+C 2008 AUM Fidelity

Package: digipak with liner notes by Rob Brown; images and design by Ming@409

Rob Brown alto saxophone.... Craig Taborn piano, electronics

William Parker bass
.... Gerald Cleaver drums

Produced by Rob Brown and Steven Joerg
Recorded at MPI Studio, Manhattan on February 15, 2007
Mixed at Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn on October 9, 2007

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Rob Brown is an awesome alto saxophonist, a mercurial improviser who is perpetually inventive. AUM Fidelity has recorded him many times over the years as a foundation member of the principal groups of William Parker, with whom he has shared a musical relationship for over 20 years. Brown has also revealed himself to be a very gifted composer and group leader. This particular ensemble was first brought together for a performance at the 2006 Vision Festival. It was deemed essential that this group be brought into the studio to make an album. A focus of Crown Trunk Root Funk is deep grooves, with brightness and openings provided by Brown's gorgeous, indelible melodies and the highly exploratory work of this extraordinary band. Parker provides the root bass, and drummer Gerald Cleaver (who has worked extensively with Matthew Shipp, Roscoe Mitchell, Joe Morris, and Mat Maneri) brings his supremely sensitive musicality and Detroit-bred funk. Keyboardist and fellow Detroit native Craig Taborn (whose collaborative pedigree spans Tim Berne, James Carter, Carl Craig, Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Potter, Susie Ibarra, and Meat Beat Manifesto) is likewise endlessly inventive within this tremendously rewarding sonic ecosystem. We are well proud to present our first album featuring Rob Brown as leader. –SJ

Press Acclaim for Rob Brown:

"Brown is one of the hardest hitting alto players currently on the scene .. a fiercely original voice .. he knows how to translate his assets into recordings that are as engrossing on the fifth or sixth listen as the first." - JazzTimes

".. one of the most consistently musical and compelling of the new free-jazz players." - Boston Phoenix

".. one of the most talented musicians playing in the avant-garde." - The New York Times

"It's hard to think of another jazz player who's emerged in the last two decades who can cover so much territory so effortlessly: he's just as commanding playing swinging bebop over a walking bassline as he is furiously spitting motivic variations in a totally free context." - Chicago Reader

"An alto saxophonist of astonishing virtuosity, Rob Brown possesses a rare mastery of the instrument's tonal colors." - Alternative Press

"Both acerbic and ambitious, Rob Brown's mercurial alto solos are often powered by a sense of mystery; he not only deciphers puzzles, he creates them." - Village Voice

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