Larry Ochs & Aram Shelton Quartet
Aram Shelton alto saxophone | Larry Ochs tenor and sopranino saxophones | Kjell Nordeson drums | Mark Dresser double bass (tracks 1-3 and 5 -7) | Scott Walton double bass (tracks 4 + 8)
Can musicians of different generations be like-minded companions? Yes they can, at least when their names are Larry Ochs and Aram Shelton, the two composers and bandleaders of this quartet. As they themselves acknowledge, “Continental Drift” is a kinetic meeting of sorts, with compositions that are designed to inspire magnificent contributions from the entire team of players, both individually and collectively. The resulting music profits greatly from each members’ individual capacities and personalities. Ochs and Shelton’s musical backgrounds are both quite varied, evidenced by their own separate pasts exploring the worlds of jazz, contemporary classical, electro-acoustic and “other” music. More than that, both have been important voices of the San Francisco Bay Area improvised music scene: Ochs being a cutting-edge Bay Area improviser since the 1970’s, while Shelton, now living in Europe, is also known for his connections to the very different Chicago scene. Each plays in his own way, but they share the same principles and look for very similar results – together creating new music with a jazz approach and an avant-garde attitude, not alienated from history.
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7 composed by Aram Shelton
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8 composed by Larry Ochs (Trobar, ASCAP, admin. by BMG)
Tracks 1-3, 5-7 recorded on July 14, 2013. Tracks 4 and 8 recorded July 12, 2018 | Recorded by Eric Moffat at Unsound Recording, San Francisco. Mixed by Aram Shelton | Mastered by Myles Boisen at Guerrilla Recording, Oakland.
Produced by Larry Ochs and Aram Shelton | Executive production by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul | Cover Art: “Grey Wave” by Sophie Plassard: http://artsophie.com | Design by Travassos