Sunday, December 20, 2009
Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens @ 10pm
2319 W Belmont
Aram Shelton - alto saxophone, clarinet
Josh Berman - cornet
Keefe Jackson - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Anton Hatwich - bass
Marc Riordan - drums
(on CD, Frank Rosaly is drummer, and Fred Lonberg-Holm adds cello!)
The Fast Citizens are the Chicago based sextet of Aram Shelton, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anton Hatwich and Frank Rosaly. Formed in 2002 by Jackson, the Fast Citizens have decided upon a rotating leader chair and for their sophomore release Shelton has taken the reins as main composer. The title Two Cities reflects the geographic locale of Shelton, (currently based in Oakland, California), and his continued relationship with the active music scene in Chicago. Focusing on orchestration and structural variety, the Fast Citizens present a stylistically diverse album that includes hard swing, lush ballads, high-energy free improvisation, modern composition and Sun-Ra inspired grooves.
Fast Citizens continues to forge its own direction, reaching beyond formulaic conventions to embrace new forms. --All About Jazz
Their debut album, Ready Everyday (Delmark DE-571), was hailed by critics and described as a meeting of highly skilled and individualistic players who channel their hard work into a cogent and coherent whole". Two Cities documents the progress of this unique ensemble, comprised of increasingly visible members of the international jazz and improvised music community.