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Abbey Rader Releases Two Diverse Albums On Bandcamp; The Fiery "Ritual" And The Meditative Soundtrack "Phenobarbital Sessions"


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Legendary free jazz drummer, Abbey Rader, is back with two new albums. Ritual is a burning trio set with bassist Kyle Motl and saxophonist Drew Ceccato. Phenobarbital Sessions is a deeply moving set of 16 improvised tracks recorded for a short film by Jorge Rubiera. It features Abbey on drums, percussion, and gongs, while longtime collaborator, John McMinn stretches out on saxophone and piano. These albums follow 2016’s successful Reunion that paired the Abbey Rader Quartet with Kidd Jordan.

Initial praise

“Rader's ability to continue playing at this level is–if nothing else–proof positive that we need to radically rethink what it means to be a senior citizen.”—Kevin Press, Al lAbout Jazz

About Abbey Rader

Abbey Rader is a musician and composer who has dedicated his life to playing improvised music as part of a spiritual quest for deeper meaning. His career spans over five decades with a discography that includes over 30 albums, the majority under his leadership. He lived in Europe in the late '70s and '80s where he performed with John Handy, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown, Mal Waldron, and had his own band, The Right Time. He was a clinician for Sonor drums for many years and taught jazz drum set studies at several universities in Germany. Since returning to America, he has performed and recorded with Dave Liebman, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Ed Schuller, Kidd Jordan and many others.


Please get in touch with Kai Rader at abrayproductions@gmail.com for interviews or promo copies of “Ritual” and “Phenobarbital Sessions”.

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