Jair-Rohm Parker Wells has a clearly defined voice that is neither a clone nor echo of Bill Laswell, Peter Kowald or Jamaaladeen Tacuma. With deep roots in the African American Classical Music tradition informed by equal parts Ayler and Stockhausen, he combines the NSD electric upright, bow and electronics to forge an approach and style that are all his own. He also plays bass guitar and his slide bass guitar playing - heavily featured on the new release - is a step beyond the use of the slide as a mere gimmick. "My parents are from Charleston, South Carolina. Geechies like James Jamerson and James Blood Ulmer. My father told me about the 'toys' they used to make as kids from pieces of wood and wires. They used to play these things with a stick and a piece of a broken bottle. It inspired me to explore the slide and i've been playing slide for over twenty years now. I came up with a whole thing that i call 'Geechie Drone Music'." This "Geechie Drone Music" concept underpins all of Parker Wells' solo and group improvisation work. The new trio album is a study in spontaneous composition at it's best and most remarkable. The three musicians create and interact faster than the speed of thought. Each of the nine tracks is an excellent study in the art of group improvisation.
The outgoing year has seen Parker Wells touring Europe with his trio and documenting all of the shows for future release. He also just completed a series of dates with legendary poet and radical John Sinclair in Europe to promote the release of Sinclair's books "It's All Good" and "Fattening Frogs For Snakes", Parker Wells plans to perform with his trio this coming Spring in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The line up will be Jair-Rohm and Elliott with either Klaus Kugel (Charlie Mariano, William Parker,Charles Gayle) or Tony Bianco (Elton Dean,Alex von Schlippenbach,Dave Liebman) on drums.
When not touring, Jair-Rohm has been occupied with performing with and producing spoken word artists Cyndi Dawson and Anna Savage. Earlier this year, the duo Dawson/Wells released "Inside of Outside" to international critical acclaim. "Inside of Outside" is available from CDBaby. Work continues on what will be a multi-media assault from the Savage/Wells collaboration. Both projects delve deeply into innovative production techniques and push the boundaries of the spoken word genre by making the music more than just an afterthought and the vocals more than just narratives.
Other releases planned for the near future are two quartet recordings both with multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and a set of duo improvisations with the Saxophonist/flautist Biggi Vinkeloe. The first of the quartet recordings is entitled "Brooklyn Before Obama" with Federico Ughi on drums, Damien Smith on trumpet and Daniel Carter on reeds and trumpet. The second called "Why Did You Go and Leave Me That Way?" with Bern Nix on guitar, Marc Edwards on drums and Daniel Carter on reeds. The Vinkeloe set explores field recordings, spoken word and digital signal processing techniques juxtaposed with woodwind and NSD electric upright bass textures.
On January 31st Jair-Rohm Parker Wells will be the subject of the two hour radio program "klingklong"."klingklong" is a monthly radio broadcast that promotes improvised music and new sounds. It is aired on the last Saturday of every month and is hosted by the Hamburg based sound artist Sylvia Necker. This program is entirely in German and will feature an interview and mini-retrospective of Jair-Rohm's recent improvised music projects including his yet to be released vocal group "12 Types" which was a composition workshop based on the Twelve Language Types of Antony Braxton. "klingklong" can be heard on FSK (Freies Sender Kombinat) Hamburg which is located at 93,0mhz on local radio/101,4mhz cable or streaming on the Internet at http://www.fsk-hh.org/livestream.
For Jair-Rohm Parker Wells, improvised music is the consequence of advanced musical knowledge and skill applied. "There are musicians who come to my improv gigs and question whether or not i can 'really play' and then go home and produce tracks using bass loops that i did for the Apple Loops library or the Jabo Starks 'Funkmaster' set - it's a strange life." He has distinguished himself as an competent and innovative bassist in every genre from Pop to Reggae to Jazz and beyond. His commanding presence on recordings as diverse as the mega smash hit "Slam Dunk da Funk" by Five which thrust the sound of a slapped Steinberger bass guitar into the mainstream to his duties as bassist with the proto-Avant Rock band Machine Gun where he stretched the Ashbory bass guitar to it's limits bear testament to his versatility and originality.
"My main priority right now is to get this trio heard. We're at our best right now and we hit the nerve every time we go out on stage. Our set at this year's Zappanale Festival was proof of that. I want to keep this momentum going. I want to keep this band working. It's bands like this that keep this music growing."
* "Brotherly Love in Philadelphia" with the Jair-Rohm Parker Wells Trio (Ayler Records) * "Sympathy for the Donkey" with 3 Banditos (Klanggold) * "AMDG" solo (Klanggold) * "Exquisite Noise" solo (GTC) * "Inside of Outside" with Cyndi Dawson (CD Baby) * "Steamroom Variations " with Decision Dream (Red Toucan) * "Meditations on Albert Ayler" with the Jair-Rohm Parker Wells Trio (Ayler Records) * "Machine Gun" with Machine Gun (Musso Music) * "Active Resonance" with Robert Musso (Musso Music) * "Open Fire" with Machine Gun (Musso Music) * "Pass The Ammo" with Machine Gun (Musso Music) * "Personal Nuclear Device" with Doom Dogs (Musso Musc) * "The Prostitution Of Meritocracy" solo (ZH27)
Some Sampling CDs featuring Jair-Rohm Parker Wells:
Funkmaster (Power Fx) LoFi and Illbient (Power Fx) Clubsphere 140-150 bpm (Power Fx) On The Jazz Tip (Sounds Good) Virtual Band Roots Reggae (Sounds Good) Virtual Band Country (Sounds Good)