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was established in 2001 to present the best of international
contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in
concerts by premier artists in the world of creative music. In
addition, Nameless Sound artists work directly with students from
Houston’s public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.
Nameless Sound’s educational work helps to nurture a new generation of
artists and inspire tomorrow’s creative thinkers.
Nameless Sound presents:
The Bobby Bradford Quartet
March 25th, 2014
Bradford (Los Angeles): trumpet, cornette
Frode Gjerstad (Norway): saxophone,
Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten (Austin): bass
Frank Rosaly (Chicago): drums
Following an energetic and moving performance by The Ethnic Heritage
Ensemble, Nameless Sound returns to MECA to present another living
legend of Jazz’s avant-garde. Trumpeter/cornettist Bobby Bradford
was one of the great Texan musicians who made a name in the ensembles
of fellow Texan Ornette Coleman, helping the saxophonist radically
redefine the very structure of jazz itself. Though he was involved in
its revolutionary cutting-edge, Bradford’s music builds from a
tradition that spans the stylistic range of jazz. His spiraling
free-bop energy, warm tonal spectrum, lyricism and far-out explorations
are displayed with a variety of colleagues, including important
associations with John Carter and David Murray. An important educator,
Bradford has been located in Los Angeles since the 1960’s, where he has
served on the faculty of Pasadena City College and Pomona
Bobby Bradford was playing with British drummer John Stevens (another
one of the music’s significant restructuralists) in the 1980’s when he
first collaborated with Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad. Gjerstad
is not only a great saxophonist and clarinetist; he is also a mentor to
a new generation of Norwegian musicians who would develop an edgier
avant-garde jazz, separate from Jan Garbarek’s “Nordic School”.
Gjerstad’s collaborators reflect the quality and range of his output.
Significant partnerships have been with the likes of William Parker,
Johnny Dyani, Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, and even noise musicians
like Lasse Marhug.
The American and Norwegian veterans will be backed by two of the
music’s most in-demand rhythm players of the current generation.
Drummer Frank Rosaly is an integral presence in Chicago, intersecting
the jazz, rock, improvisation, and experimental music communities.
Houston audiences are familiar with Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten. The
passionate and expressive Norwegian bass player (who moved to Austin
several years ago) provides the intensive and solid foundation for the
trio The Thing. In addition to leading many of his own groups,
Håker-Flaten is collaborator to important artists like Joe McPhee,
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