ARAM SHELTON

Avant-Garde Jazz / Post-Fusion Contemporary • United States
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Aram Shelton is an avant jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser and composer. Originally from southeast Florida, Shelton lived in Chicago from 1999 to 2005 and currently lives in Oakland, California. In Oakland the groups Stratic, Ton Trio, These Are Our Hours, and Marches represent his music. He stays connected to Chicago through his Quartet, the Fast Citizens (Delmark), and Jason Adasiewicz' Rolldown (Cuneiform). His writing and playing is grounded in and influenced by the rich history of avant-jazz and free improvisation in America and Europe since the 1950s and has been documented through more than a dozen albums since 2003.

"As an improviser, he possesses the mind of a composer, such is the consideration he puts into his work" - All About Jazz

"Shelton’s alto tone is full of the quizzical curls and bitter wisps, not to mention sharp repetition, that recall Roscoe Mitchell at his hairiest."- Clifford Allen

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There Was by Aram Shelton (2013-05-04)There Was by Aram Shelton (2013-05-04)
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ARAM SHELTON Grey Ghost ‎: How To Create Words album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grey Ghost ‎: How To Create Words
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
ARAM SHELTON Dragons 1976 : On Cortez album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dragons 1976 : On Cortez
Avant-Garde Jazz 2004
ARAM SHELTON Arrive album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arrive
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
ARAM SHELTON Grey Ghost ‎: Broad Oration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grey Ghost ‎: Broad Oration
Avant-Garde Jazz 2005
ARAM SHELTON Dragons 1976 ‎: Winter Break album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dragons 1976 ‎: Winter Break
Avant-Garde Jazz 2006
ARAM SHELTON Settled album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Settled
Avant-Garde Jazz 2007
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton, Jason Ajemian, Timothy Daisy : Dragons 1976 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton, Jason Ajemian, Timothy Daisy : Dragons 1976
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens ‎: Two Cities album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton's Fast Citizens ‎: Two Cities
Avant-Garde Jazz 2009
ARAM SHELTON These Times album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
These Times
Avant-Garde Jazz 2010
ARAM SHELTON There Was... album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
There Was...
Avant-Garde Jazz 2011
ARAM SHELTON Everything For Somebody album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Everything For Somebody
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
ARAM SHELTON Octet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Octet
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
ARAM SHELTON Tonal Masher album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonal Masher
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
ARAM SHELTON Steel Bridge Trio : Different Clocks album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Steel Bridge Trio : Different Clocks
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2015
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton, Håkon Berre : Bygning G album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton, Håkon Berre : Bygning G
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
ARAM SHELTON Shelton/Tarwid/Jacobson/Berre : Hopes And Fears album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shelton/Tarwid/Jacobson/Berre : Hopes And Fears
Avant-Garde Jazz 2017
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre : Dormancy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton & Håkon Berre : Dormancy
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018

ARAM SHELTON EPs & splits

ARAM SHELTON Canyonlands album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Canyonlands
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton + Philip White album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton + Philip White
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
ARAM SHELTON Tonal Masher at LCM album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tonal Masher at LCM
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
ARAM SHELTON Aram Shelton, Frank Rosaly : Sticks And Reed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aram Shelton, Frank Rosaly : Sticks And Reed
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

ARAM SHELTON live albums

ARAM SHELTON Arrive ‎: Live At Elastic album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Arrive ‎: Live At Elastic
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
ARAM SHELTON Shelton / Lonberg-Holm / Rosaly : Resounder album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shelton / Lonberg-Holm / Rosaly : Resounder
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

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ARAM SHELTON There Was...

Album · 2011 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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I have a soft spot for vibraphone music, no doubt coming from Gary Burton's and Chick Corea's classic duos. Most often the vibraphonist is credited with a supporting role, managing however to take the music into a whole new direction. Tim Buckley's Happy Sad turns into sublime, azure folk. Without Bobby Hutcherson's quirky jangle in "Out to Lunch"'s theme (a brief rhythm, overlayed anyway until Dolphy and Hubbard keep their fingers on the valves or pause for breath), the piece (and album, even!) would turn out imperfect. You can fill in with your own examples now.

Obviously, when it comes to Arrive's newest album, I'm trying to compliment Jason Adasiewicz most, for his well-placed accent on what mallet jazz means: respiring melodies, powdery nuances, vibrations and echoes, lofty harmonies or flashing percussive hits. Any lead in this album is otherwise arguable. Aram Shelton might be known better for avant-garde flourishes, having indeed slightly more temperamental entries. Tim Daisy's conception on everything is laid-back and sheathing, whilst Jason Roebke's bass sounds at times surprisingly articulate. Arrive are setting the pace among the new Chicago ensembles, and "There Was..." is a mixture of fine-spun free-jazz and thrilling "nu-bop".

An album of grooves, unwinds and suspenses altogether, a highlight this year, with the highly regarded kind of aesthetic refinement, musically delish.

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