Rob Brown (saxophonist)

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Rob Brown
Rob Brown at the Vision Festival 23 June 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth name Rob Brown
Born (1962-02-27) February 27, 1962 (age 55)
Origin Hampton, Virginia, United States
Genres Jazz
free jazz
avant-garde jazz
free improvisation
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Alto sax
Years active 1987–present
Labels Aum Fidelity, Clean Feed Records, No More, Not Two, Marge Records, RogueArt, Riti
Website Official Website

Rob Brown (born February 27, 1962) is an American free jazz saxophonist and composer.

Life and career[edit]

Rob was born in Hampton, VA. He started playing saxophone at the age of 12 or 13.[1] His first gigs were with a local Virginia and swing band. He eventually studied at Berklee College for two years and worked privately with both Joe Viola and John LaPorta.[2] After a year on the west coast, Brown bounced back to Boston, where he met pianist Matthew Shipp. He moved to NY in 1984 where he enrolled at New York University, earned a music degree, and studied with saxophone masters such as Lee Konitz, but the teacher who had more influence on Rob conceptually was Philadelphian Dennis Sandole. Rob took the train to Philly once a week to study with him for a year and a half.[1]

His first issued recording was the duet with Shipp Sonic Explorations and since then has been actively leading groups or working as a sideman with Shipp, William Parker, Whit Dickey, Joe Morris and Steve Swell.

He is a 2001 CalArts/Alpert/Ucross Residency Prize winner and has received many Meet The Composer Fund grants. In 2006 Rob was awarded a Chamber Music America New Works grant.[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Release year Title Label Personnel/Notes
1988 Sonic Explorations Cadence Jazz Duo with Matthew Shipp (piano)
1990 Breath Rhyme Silkheart Trio with William Parker (bass), Denis Charles (drums)
1992 Youniverse Riti Trio with Joe Morris (guitar), Whit Dickey (drums)
1995 Illuminate Leo Quartet co-led by Joe Morris (guitar), with William Parker (bass), Jackson Krall (drums)
1996 High Wire Soul Note Trio with William Parker (bass), Jackson Krall (drums)
1997 Blink of an Eye No More Duo with Matthew Shipp (piano)
1997 Orbit Music & Arts Collaborative trio with Guerino Mazzola (piano), Heinz Geisser (percussion)
1998 Scratching the Surface CIMP Quartet co-led by Lou Grassi (drums), with Assif Tsahar (tenor sax), Chris Lightcap (bass)
2000 Visage Marge Trio with Wilber Morris (bass), Lou Grassi (drums, percussion)
2000 Jumping Off the Page No More Quartet with Roy Campbell (trumpet), Chris Lightcap (bass), Jackson Krall (drums)
2002 Round the Bend Bleu Regard Trio with William Parker (bass), Warren Smith (drums)
2003 Likewise Riti As part of the band Stone House; trio with Luther Gray (drums), Joe Morris (bass)
2004 The Big Picture Marge Quartet with Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn), William Parker (bass), Hamid Drake (drums)
2005 Radiant Pools RogueArt Quartet with Steve Swell (trombone), Joe Morris (bass), Luther Gray (drums)
2006 We Are Not Obstinate Islands Clean Feed As part of the band The Diplomats; trio with Steve Swell (trombone), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
2007 Sounds Clean Feed Trio with Daniel Levin (cello), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
2008 Right Hemisphere RogueArt As part of the band Right Hemisphere; quartet with Matthew Shipp (piano), Joe Morris (bass), Whit Dickey (drums)
2008 Live in Chicago Ruby Red Duo with Andrew Barker (drums, percussion)
2008 Crown Trunk Root Funk AUM Fidelity Quartet with Craig Taborn (piano, electronics), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2009 Live at Firehouse 12 Not Two Trio with Daniel Levin (cello), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)
2010 Natural Disorder Not Two Duo with Daniel Levin (cello)
2011 Unexplained Phenomena Marge Quartet with Matt Moran (vibraphone), Chris Lightcap (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2011 Unknown Skies RogueArt Trio with Craig Taborn (piano), Nasheet Waits (drums)
2014 Day in the Life of a City Multikulti Trio with Daniel Levin (cello), Jacek Mazurkiewicz (bass)
2015 Divergent Paths Cipsela Duo with Daniel Levin (cello)

As sideman[edit]

Release year Leader Title Label
1998 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Transonic AUM Fidelity
2000 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Big Top Wobbly Rail
2001 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Life Cycle AUM Fidelity
2002 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Prophet Moon Riti
2004 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Coalescence Clean Feed
2005 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey In a Heartbeat Clean Feed
2006 Dickey, WhitWhit Dickey Sacred Ground Clean Feed
1999 Morris, JoeJoe Morris Many Rings Knitting Factory
1994 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Flowers Grow in My Room Centering
1995 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker In Order to Survive Black Saint
1996 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Compassion Seizes Bed-Stuy Homestead
1997 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Sunrise in the Tone World AUM Fidelity
1998 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker The Peach Orchard AUM Fidelity
1999 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Posium Pendasem FMP
2000 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker O'Neal's Porch Centering
2000 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Mayor of Punkville AUM Fidelity
2002 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Raincoat in the River Eremite
2002 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Raining on the Moon Thirsty Ear
2002 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Spontaneous Splasc(h)
2003 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Mass for the Healing of the World Black Saint
2005 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Sound Unity AUM Fidelity
2005 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker For Percy Heath Victo
2007 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Corn Meal Dance AUM Fidelity
2007 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Alphaville Suite RogueArt
2007 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Double Sunrise Over Neptune AUM Fidelity
2008 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Petit Oiseau AUM Fidelity
2012 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Essence of Ellington Centering
2013 Parker, WilliamWilliam Parker Wood Flute Songs AUM Fidelity
1992 Shipp, MatthewMatthew Shipp Points Silkheart
1999 Shipp, MatthewMatthew Shipp Magnetism Bleu Regard
2009 Swell, SteveSteve Swell Planet Dream Clean Feed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Breath Rhyme at Silkheart Records
  2. ^ Chadbourne, E. Rob Brown biography, Allmusic, accessed February 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Rob Brown at All About Jazz

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