Paul Flaherty / Randall Colbourne
Evan Lipson / Carlos Santiago
Bring It Inside with Goodman
@ the Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
We are extremely excited to present the amazing free jazz duo of Paul Flaherty and Randall Colbourne. They have been playing together for over 20 years and have over 15 releases together, but this is only their first tour.
Alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty is New England's purveyor of the ecstatic jazz pulse. Even before his 1978 debut Flaherty remained unshakable in the pursuit of soul healing and demon dashing through freedom music. Since 2001 Flaherty's notoriety has risen in tandem with his hyper-acclaimed duo with drummer Chris Corsano and regular group work with Dream/Aktion Unit, Cold Bleak Heat, Spencer Yeh, Dredd Foole, Joe McPhee, Steve Baczkowski, Marc Edwards, and many others.
Randall Colbourne is best known for his intense trapset work on the dozen+ albums he released with Paul Flaherty on the Zaabway, Tulpa, and Cadence music labels during the 1980s & 90.More recently, Colbourne expanded his prowess by releasing ‘Clarinet Works’, a solo album on which he played all of the instruments including Bb, Eb, and alto clarinets; drums, bass, and live electronics.
As a duo, Carlos Santiago and Evan Lipson’s violin and upright bass improvisations sound uncannily composed. Rapid, virtuosic firings of sliding glissandi, harsh bowed noises, light, angular melodies, and spontaneous lilting syncopation at the edge of jazz, but somehow not even close.
Bring It Inside, a ‘percussion duo plus one’, is an ongoing, always morphing project of Philadelphian's Eli Litwin and Pete Angevine. Each performance is anchored by semi-composed conceptual idea depending on the third member. Previous incarnations of this project have included a version with Mike Pride (Bring It Inside w/ Pride), with Ricardo Lagomasino (of Capillary Action and Pads&Steel), and with Jive Nation, a large ensemble harsh noise supergroup. This version will feature guitarist Marc Goodman of Illuminea.
PAUL FLAHERTY saxophonist
Alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty is New England's purveyor of the ecstatic jazz pulse. Even before his 1978 debut Flaherty remained unshakable in the pursuit of soul healing and demon dashing through freedom music. That first record, In the Midst of Chaos was cut with his local clan, under the banner Orange. For the next 20 years Flaherty remained exclusively in the great North East and recording over a dozen blasting, freely improvised albums with drummer Randall Colbourne, and others, for Cadence and their own Zaabway imprint. Wet Paint is Flaherty's current imprint for the occasional self-release.
Since 2001 Flaherty's notoriety has risen in tandem with his hyper-acclaimed duo with drummer Chris Corsano and regular group work with Dream/Aktion Unit (with Jim O'Rourke and Thurston Moore), Cold Bleak Heat (with Greg Kelley and Matt Heyner), Spencer Yeh, Dredd Foole, Joe McPhee, Steve Baczkowski, Marc Edwards, and many others.
"He's been at it since the '70s and has become an underground champion of chasing the Eternal Now. The subject of these sonic musings is freedom--freedom from the constraints of traditional harmonic, melodic, and compositional forms--freedom to go, baby, go wherever the Spirit takes him." —Farrell Lowe, All About Jazz
"Often incredibly descriptive with myriad small details fleshing out the larger picture; other times he paints in bigger broader strokes. This is New England improvisational saxophonist Paul Flaherty's second solo album... He coaxes sounds out of his alto and soprano saxophones that I have never heard before, and besides his musical inventiveness, he's got more raw energy than three people." —George Parsons, Dream Magazine on Flaherty's 2006 solo album Whirl of Nothingness
RANDALL COLBURNE drums
Randall Colbourne is best known for his intense trapset work on the dozen+ albums he released with Paul Flaherty on the Zaabway, Tulpa, and Cadence music labels during the 1980s & 90s.
Review Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne's Bridge Out!
Flaherty has become a staple on the avant/free jazz scene in the past 5 years. Thanks to works with Chris Corsano, Nels Cline, and Thurston Moore (that's just scratching the surface) Paul Flaherty has transformed thecool saxophone stylings of his youth into furious bursts of emotion. Jazz isn't the sound of cool when its spewed from Flaherty's reed, it's the sound of freedom--painful, glorious freedom.
Randall Colbourne, on the other hand, has faced the four carpeted walls of seclusion since he and Flaherty last worked together. Nearly two decades have pasted since Colbourne has set wood to skin as Flaherty's percussionist, choosing to focus on the power of the clarinet. Last year's aptly titled Clarinet Works was the fruit of Colbourne's lengthy labor, bringing him back into modern jazz discussions with gale force winds.
The two friends with plenty of musical history together and apart pull it all back together for Bridge Out!, which plays with Time Out era jazz. Don't confuse Flaherty/Colbourne as Time Out disciples as it pertains to Bridge Out!--the admiration and the likeness only go so far. It's more feel and production than the actual product. Flaherty's wailing sax lines and Colbourne's hectic cool behind the drum kit produce 8 jazz sides that are unparalleled even by Flaherty's work with drummer-of-the-moment Chris Corsano.
Any rust the pair have is nigh apparent throughout this reunion. Cliches of 'riding a bike' and 'easy as pie' may fit the bill but it's better to focus on how far the duo has come. Time apart found both honing their craft in unique settings: Flaherty by gigging with any taker; Colbourne by painstaking seclusion. The familiarity does Flaherty good--he reigns in some of his long-winded avant stanzas for more traditional jazz composition even if Bridge Out! is jazz at its highest improvised level. Colbourne's self-sentence to clarinet has not taken away his skill behind the snare and toms. What he lacks in bombasity he makes up for with quick-witted rhythm.
Each man stand on their own two feet within Bridge Out! but their separation has not weakened their symbiosis. Mind reading may be the subject of science fiction but eith each listen of Bridge Out!, it's hard to fathom Flaherty and Colbourne without the ability to communication through musical telekenesis. From EVP here.
Paul Flaherty:Scorched Onslaught with Randall Colbourne from Bridge Out!
Paul Flaherty: Compassion Lost and Found Again solo from Whirl of Nothingness
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