Scott Burns-tenor saxophone
Rob Clearfield-piano, electric piano
Eric Montzka-drums, cymbals
All compositions by Rob Clearfield
Recorded July 16-17, 2012 by Anthony Gravino at Joy Ride Studios, Chicago, IL.
Mixed September 2012 by Anthony Gravino at the Drake, Chicago, IL.
Mastered by Brian Schwab on January 31, 2012, Chicago, IL.
Produced by Rob Clearfield and Anthony Gravino
CD RELEASE SHOW is Saturday, August 10, 2013 at the Green Mill. 8pm-12am.
About the Rob Clearfield Quintet:
This band was formed in the fall of 2010 for a performance at the Chicago Cultural Center. As the band has continued from there, I've tried to engage as a composer with the jazz tradition more directly than in past projects, without abandoning my rock roots. Some pieces are heavily composed, others very improvisational, but thanks to the musicians I'm fortunate enough to work with, we were able to sustain a consistent and focused group sound across these eight diverse compositions. This group features four of my favorite musicians in Chicago: Scott Burns (Chicago Jazz Orchestra), John Kregor (Patricia Barber, Grazyna Auguscik), Patrick Mulcahy (District 97) and Eric Montzka (Patricia Barber). This is our debut recording.
Press from previous recordings and performances:
“…a kind of music that’s as private and as expressive as possible. It’s a sound almost impossible to classify, where intelligence and inspiration, mediated by advanced technique, yield a music imbued with a kind of alchemy.”
-Jack Walton, South Bend Tribune
“…one of the city’s most enjoyably unpredictable players.”
-Neil Tesser, The Examiner
“Every so often there’s a new talent who sounds like bottled lightning.”
-Lou Carlozo, Christian Century