Running From Bears "Maul of America"

Running From Bears "Maul of America"

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Running From Bears is an adventurous Phoenix-based jazz sextet. Formed in 2007, the group is committed to the composition and performance of original works, along with the occasional reworking of popular songs. Each player/composer has a different compositional and improvisatory voice, yielding a forward-thinking and diverse group sound.
Running From Bears is in its 10th year of a residency at The Lost Leaf, a Phoenix venue dedicated to the presentation of musical ensembles that compose their own works. The group can also be seen at other Phoenix area venues and festivals, such as The Nash, The Rhythm Room, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, and the Highland/ASU Jazz Festival.
Slender Loris "Two Parts Helium"

Slender Loris "Two Parts Helium"

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Slender Loris: A Phoenix-based improvising duo blending woodwinds and modular synth/electronics

Keith Kelly - soprano, tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute
Tony Orb - modular synthesizer, electronics
Mike Wilkinson "Wait For Me"

Mike Wilkinson "Wait For Me"

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Master Trombonist MICHAEL WILKINSON, a.k.a. Dr. Trombone, offers his debut release WAIT FOR ME! on Random Act Records. Joined by fellow Jazz educators from his native Arizona, the Wilkinsemble swings on a set of original tunes, plus songs by Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford and Duke Ellington. The group's imposing musicianship shines, and Wilkinson's use of varying instrumentation - various trombones and saxophones as the frontline, and an organ-based rhythm section - creates a compelling listening experience. Wilkinson's virtuosity is evident on every track, but the leader allows ample solo space for his cohorts, including renowned drummer Dom Moio, acclaimed organist Michael Kocour, multi-instrumentalist Keith Kelly and burning guitarist Jeffrey Libman. The recording also clearly illustrates the leader's compositional gifts; he composed six of the nine tracks. The tunes vary in complexity, tempo and feeling, concocting a compelling and intriguing set of swinging Jazz. Equally at home in both the classical and jazz realms, Wilkinson's debut showcases the influences of several predecessors, like J.J. Johnson, Carl Fontana, Urbie Green, Frank Rosolino and others. After years of assimilating these styles, and ultimately creating his own, the wait is now over: MICHAEL WILKINSON no longer needs to state Wait For Me!
Keith Kelly Ask Not "A Grand Apparatus, Discarded"

Keith Kelly Ask Not "A Grand Apparatus, Discarded"

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Ask Not is a collection of improvising musicians led by Keith Kelly. Ari Chersky, Doug, Stuart, and Shaun Lowecki bring their broad music tastes and experiences together to create an expression of the moment: born of an instant, stretched and curdled, swiped across, and broken apart. Brett Reed contributes on vibes, adding another layer to the sound palette. The range of sounds on this record include: blues, jazz, indie rock, minimalism, ambient, and noise.
Casey Hurt "Half as Much as Love"

Casey Hurt "Half as Much as Love"

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Co-produced, arranged, and performed on this great record with one of my favorite people.
Keith Kelly "The People Who Left"

Keith Kelly "The People Who Left"

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This record was recorded in December 2014 and features: Shaun Lowecki, Doug Stuart, and Ari Chersky. From the liner notes:

This record is a snap shot. A series of relationships captured in real time. It also is a looking back. Any record is a record from the past. Any moment captured is one set adrift, ready to take harbor at some future point. Any music is music referencing some other time, some other place, some other version of self. The People Who Left is a way to name all of the folks (your own self included) who came before. They are gone and will always be gone. We are always becoming, but that also means we are always leaving. Final thoughts: You must pay attention; you must not ignore what is now, or shirk away. You must not be sad, but grateful for the small gifts, and the realizations that come. Regardless of the monsters around, you must break though, and hope the little something extra, in the end, is enough.
Static Announcements

Static Announcements

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Static Announcements is an Electro-Acoustic Free-Improv trio.

Keith Kelly on woodwinds and noise-makers
Josh Bennett on clarinets and laptop
Ryan Anthony on drums, cymbals and noise-makers.
The Scorpion Decides

The Scorpion Decides

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The Scorpion Decides make music that combines free jazz dialect, breakbeat science and electronic manipulation.

Keith Kelly - woodwinds
Branson Nejame - rhodes, synth, electronics
Jerome Salazar - e bass, electronics
Nathan Hubbard - drumkit