Paul Zaborac Quartet: Live


Several of my favorite jazz albums are live recordings. There is an open, free, and uninhibited nature to them, an honesty and energy, that I feel is special. These ideas drew me to create this live album. Paul Zaborac Quartet: Live captures selections from a performance at the Noce jazz club in Des Moines, Iowa. The compositions on the album are inspired by post-bop/modal jazz and feature ample space for improvisers to stretch out, explore, and interact. “Steps,” “Drum Solo,” and “Transient” are performed continuously, transitioning into one another. A peaceful ballad closes the album as the final track. Each member of the quartet brings their unique voices to the tunes, creating a distinctive group sound and character that is showcased on the recording.

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The album Actualize by the Paul Zaborac Trio (November 2012) features Bill Williams on Bass and Deva Permana on Drums. Inspired by the flexibility and compositional possibilities of piano trios and the use of extended techniques by the saxophone as seen in the contemporary classical repertoire, the album explores the concept of using the saxophone as an accompaniment instrument. By using the saxophone in such a way, the ensemble explores and pushes the boundaries of the traditional tenor trio format. This novel approach to the saxophone is also juxtaposed with more traditional approaches to the instrument and ensemble, creating an original, unique, diverse, and rich ensemble sound. Recorded in one day with the musicians in the same room and using full unedited takes, the album represents an honest and raw capturing of the music as it was made in the moment.


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