Farmers By Nature : Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Love and Ghosts

Farmers By Nature : Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn – Love and Ghosts

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[AUM089/90] - 2-CD set in deluxe 6-panel digipak

Gerald Cleaver: drums, percussion, compositions
William Parker: bass, compositions
Craig Taborn: piano, compositions

"Farmers by Nature has shattered my expectations, so deeply has the collective approach been transformed and so vast is its scope. There is magic in every gesture." –Dusted

"Moves with a fearlessness borne from seasoned virtuosity and uncompromised vision." –DownBeat

"The wide idiomatic scope, genuine embrace of risk and steadfast rejection of cliché make Farmers By Nature an undeniably vital presence in any kind of contemporary creative music." –Jazzwise

"Breathtakingly fluent. It's just the kind of free music that recruits new followers." –The Guardian

"The abundance of talent, trust, self-confidence, patience and intuition required to collectively improvise at such a high level for more than an hour at a time is possessed by the three members of Farmers by Nature and precious few others." –JazzTimes

Love and Ghosts is the most recent album creation from Farmers By Nature: the phenomenal trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker, and pianist Craig Taborn. Each are internationally renowned master musicians-improvisers-composers. When they work together as Farmers By Nature, it is as a complete improvising collective. All of their communions are auspicious and deeply rewarding events with an intrinsically focused intent to manifest a complete narrative arc, rich with subtlety and felicitous surprise.

This is the group's third release and presents two complete concert communions recorded in Marseille [CD1] & Besançon [CD2] during their inaugural tour of Europe. The varying landscapes & cityscapes they traveled through, and as importantly – the sheer ability to travel freely across borders, unlike the majority of the world’s population – inform these two extraordinarily fertile nights of sound fluency and invention. The dynamic ranges from an extremely delicate ambience to highly articulate tempests of rhythm. Luminescent melodies refracting through gently rippling rhythms, kaleidoscopic fractals, roadhouse abstractions, and what sounds like a train rapidly laying its own track while nimbly scaling mountains are but some of the sonic treasures to be experienced here.

1. Love and Ghosts - 18:05
2. Without A Name - 06:50
3. Aquilo - 16:10
4. Seven Years In - 16:21
5. Massalia - 12:29
6. The Green City - 09:16
7. Bisanz - 21:09
8. Comté - 17:58
9. Castle #2 - 10:45
10. Les Flâneurs - 04:50

All compositions by
Gerald Cleaver (Gerald Cleaver Music, SESAC)
William Parker (Centering Music, BMI)
Craig Taborn (Light Made Lighter Music, BMI)

Recorded by Matthieu Metzger / Studio des Résistants. France
Mixed & mastered by Michael Marciano / Systems Two, Brooklyn
Produced by Gerald Cleaver & Steven Joerg