An avant/modern jazz trio that thrive in, and out of conventional structure, the Oakland based Ton Trio II features Shelton on alto saxophone; Scott Brown, bass; Alex Vittum, drums. Drawing from Shelton’s bright and even folk-like compositions, the trio weaves continuously through melody, rhythm, and texture with written parts that serve as entry points for spacious improvisations.
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the musicians impeccably integrate the modern jazz vernacular with invocative avant-garde campaigns, heaving with impact and intensifying discourses. – All About Jazz
Ton Trio II was formed by Shelton in late 2012 as the newest vehicle for his small ensemble avant jazz writing, heard before in groups including Arrive (482 Music and CleanFeed); Cylinder (CleanFeed); and the Fast Citizens (Delmark). More info about Ton Trio II.
On and On features nine tracks recorded in May of 2013 at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco by Ian Pellici. Mixed by Aram Shelton. Mastered by James Fei.
A recent midwestern transplant to Oakland, originally from Chicago, Scott Brown studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with Robert Hurst, Geri Allen, and Donald Walden, and composition Andrew Mead & Andrew Bishop. He attended the Steans Institute in 2008. He currently performs throughout the bay area with Astronauts Etc, Waterstrider, and many others.
Alex Vittum is a percussionist, sound designer and electronic musician based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a member of several groups including Stratic, For Now, Ton Trio II, and performs solo electro-acoustic works as Prism. Alex has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians, composers and choreographers including Roswell Rudd, Kitty Brazleton, Ben Goldberg, Daniel Carter, Stuart Dempster, Annie Lewandowski (Powerdove), Thomas Kozumplik (The Clogs), Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Gina Gibney Dance. He has a BA from Bennington College, an MFA from Mills College and has studied percussion with Milford Graves and William Winant.