The Aram Shelton Quartet features Chicago-based musicians Keefe Jackson, Anton Hatwich and Marc Riordan. Related to the Fast Citizens (Delmark), of which Shelton, Jackson and Hatwich are all members, this quartet displays a musical range on their debut album "These Times" that encompasses free swing, creative improvisation, space & patience, and fiery energy.
In the quartet, Shelton plays equal amounts of alto saxophone & clarinet, approaching each distinctly while displaying both the large and subtle differences of the instruments. Jackson contributes on tenor saxophone with a full sound and unique approach to the utilization of extended techniques. Hatwich's bass playing grounds the music and drives it in a compelling way, while Riordan's drums serve as backbone to the rhythmic aspects and a frame to the open sections.
★★★★ - Downbeat, January 2011
"These are important, no-bullshit artists who recall Prez's rule that a solo should tell a story" - Point of Departure
"This is a woodwind pairing that one hopes will maintain the staying power of Tchicai and Shepp" - Ni Kantu
"It is easy to admire the audacity of Aram Shelton's quartet." - AAJ
"Shelton and Jackson share a rapport that makes sessions like this one sound somewhat effortless even though the collaborative energy spent to get there was obviously deep and rewarding" - Master of a Small House
released 16 June 2010
Aram Shelton, alto saxophone & clarinet; Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone; Anton Hatwich, bass; Marc Riordan, drums
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