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Kevin Norton

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Renowned percussionist and composer Kevin Norton has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians — from Anthony Braxton and David Krakauer to Milt Hinton and Fred Frith. His compositions are featured on several recordings, both with his own as well as other ensembles.

"...one of the most valuable moving parts of downtown jazz."
       The New York Times

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  Leandre/Norton: Winter in New York 2006
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Joëlle Léandre / Kevin Norton
Winter in New York 2006

LR499
With Kevin Norton (vibraphone, drums and other percussion instruments) and Joëlle Léandre (bass, voice). Recorded live in December 2006 at The Stone in New York City.

"Enhanced by a pristine live recorded sound, these eminent improvisers dig deep while devising a multitude of ways to keep matters interesting and irrefutably entertaining. It's improvisation at it's finest... Simply stated, the musicians elevate the art of improvisation to loftier heights throughout the overall scope of this cunning and rather mind-bending effort."
       Glenn Astarita, jazzreview.com
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  Instinctual Eye: Born in Brooklyn
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Instinctual Eye
Born in Brooklyn

BKH-010
With Kevin Norton (percussion, vibraphone), Frode Gjerstad (alto saxophone, clarinet) and Nick Stephens (bass). Recorded live in Brooklyn USA at Barbès, November 2005.

"This is a fine improv date.... This has that European feel of scurrying activity, the trio breathing together and weaving their wares into a rich tapestry.... defines what is best about great improv dates."
       Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
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  Kevin Norton: The Bright Lights...
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Kevin Norton/Nick Didkovsky/Paul Rogers
The Bright Lights, the Big Time

FMRCD163-i0505
With Kevin Norton (drums, percussion, vibraphone), Nick Didkovsky (electric guitar, laptop) and Paul Rogers (A.L.L., double bass). Recorded 2004. Please note that this CD does not come shrink-wrapped.

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  Kevin Norton: Solo Percussion Vol 1
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Kevin Norton
Quark Bercuse: Solo Percussion Vol 1

FMRCD472-i0505
With Kevin Norton (drums, percussion, marimba, vibraphone). Recorded May 23, 2005. Please note that this CD does not come shrink-wrapped.

"Norton approaches percussion music like the accomplished composer he is... Each composition has purpose and shape and the results appeal to both drummers and non-drummers.... total percussion music that successfully stands alone."
       Sean Fitzell, All About Jazz
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  Kevin Norton's Bauhaus Quartet: Time-Space Modulator
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Kevin Norton's Bauhaus Quartet
Time-Space Modulator

Barking Hoop BKH008
With Kevin Norton (drums, percussion, vibraphone), Dave Ballou (trumpet, cornet), John Lindberg (bass) and Tony Malaby (tenor, soprano saxophones). Recorded live at Tonic in New York, April 2004.

"This is Mr. Norton's twelfth superb release in the past decade as a leader or co-leader ... he never ceases to amaze us with the immense care, craft, playing and composing of each disc he is involved with. ...I dig the way Kevin also pushes both Tony's saxes and Dave's trumpets into rich new territories, sounding much different than they sound in other contexts."
       Bruce Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter
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  Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton: No Definitive
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Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton
No Definitive

FMR Records FMRCD150-i0604
With Frode Gjerstad (saxophones) and Kevin Norton (vibraphone). Please note that this CD does not come shrink-wrapped.

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  Kevin Norton's Living Language: Intuitive Structures
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Kevin Norton's Living Language
Intuitive Structures

Cadence CJR1166
With Kevin Norton (drums, percussion, vibraphone), Louie Belogenis (tenor, soprano saxophones), Tomas Ulrich (cello) and John Lindberg (bass). Recorded November 2002 in New York.

"In the last several years, Kevin Norton has been busy proving himself as one of the most complete musicians in contemporary improvisation. One of the few players who seem equally at ease on drums or vibes, he's also thoroughly comfortable in two worlds traditionally divided by process but increasingly unified sonically, those of improvisation and contemporary composition."
       David Vance, All About Jazz
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  Dunmall-Rogers-Norton: Go Forth Duck
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Paul Dunmall-Paul Rogers-Kevin Norton Quartet
Go Forth Duck

CIMP296
With Paul Dunmall (soprano, tenor saxophones), Paul Rogers (A.I.L. bass) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone). Recorded May 2003. Companion disc to CIMP289.
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  Dunmall-Rogers-Norton: Rylickolum
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Paul Dunmall-Paul Rogers-Kevin Norton Quartet
Rylickolum: For Your Pleasure

CIMP289
With Paul Dunmall (soprano, tenor saxophones), Paul Rogers (A.I.L. bass) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone). Recorded May 2003. Companion disc to CIMP296.

"This is exciting music based upon moment-to-moment creativity hanging on at times by a daring thread.... Norton in particular shines.... The music of these three is not to be missed."
       Laurence Donohue-Greene, All About Jazz
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  Kevin Norton / Joelle Leandre / Tomas Ulrich: Ocean of Earth
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Kevin Norton/Joëlle Léandre/Tomas Ulrich
Ocean of Earth

Barking Hoop BKH007
"Ocean of Earth" is rich in details with a broad range of moods and orchestral colors; a soundtrack for dreams. Gutsy, cathartic and focused playing that these three musicians are known for. With Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone, marimba, percussion), Joëlle L´andre (double bass, voice), and Tomas Ulrich (cello, voice). Recorded October 2002 in New York.

"4 Stars.... the varied textures, extraordinary musicianship, and extended techniques keep the listener on the edge of the seat, wondering what to expect next.... There are so many highlights that it is impossible to mark them all."
       Steven Loewy, All Music Guide

"Extraordinary world-class trio/duo/solo improvisations from three giants playing together for the first time. A superbly produced and perfectly recorded studio effort... exquisite taste and deeply creative spirits throughout."
       Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter
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  Kevin Norton Quartet: The Dream Catcher
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Kevin Norton Quartet
The Dream Catcher (for Wilber Morris)

CIMP280
Originally scheduled for this recording, bassist Wilber Morris died in August 2002. This CD is dedicated to him. With Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone), Roy Campbell (trumpet, flugelhorn), Tomas Ulrich (cello), and Hill Greene (bass). Recorded January 2003.

"Norton is a consummate technician and a shrewd composer who seemingly enjoys pushing the envelope, while concurrently challenging the listeners' psyche."
       Glen Astarita, JazzReview.com
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  Kevin Norton's Metaphor Quartet: Not Only in That Golden Tree...
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Kevin Norton's Metaphor Quartet
Not Only in That Golden Tree...

Clean Feed CF011CD
With Kevin Norton (drums, percussion), Masahiko Kono (trombone, electronics), Hitomi Tono'oka (vibraphone), and Wilber Morris (bass). Recorded January 2003.
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  Anthony Braxton Quartet: 8 Standards
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Anthony Braxton Quartet
8 Standards (Wesleyan) 2001

Barking Hoop BKH004
A 2-disc set recorded live at Wesleyan University in April 2001. The quartet features Anthony Braxton (sopranino, soprano, alto saxophones), Kevin O'Neil (electric guitar), Andy Eulau (bass), and Kevin Norton (drums, glockenspiel, percussion). Includes Airegin, Duke Ellington's Sound of Love, Someday My Prince Will Come and more.

"...one of the best CDs of 2000."
       Downbeat

"Braxton has so much to say...he continues to state new case law with fresh concepts filled with originality."
       Frank Rubolino, Cadence

"Whatever the prevailing definitions of jazz, Braxton's music conforms majestically: rhythmic, virtuosic, powerfully emotive, constantly reinventing itself"
       The Peguin Guide to Jazz on Compact Disc
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  Kevin Norton Quintet: Change Dance
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Kevin Norton Quintet
Change Dance / Troubled Energy

Barking Hoop BKH005
Recorded in June 2001, featuring Dave Ballou (trumpet, cornet), Mark Dresser (bass), Steve Lehman (alto/sopranino saxophones), Rachel Telesmanick (alto/baritone saxophones) and Kevin Norton (drums, percussion).

"...one of America's most versatile and creative percussionist-composers"
       Graham Lock, Jazzwise
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  Norton+Min Play the Music of Anthony Braxton
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Kevin Norton & Haewon Min
Play the Music of Anthony Braxton

Barking Hoop BKH006
Five compositions of Anthony Braxton, recorded live at Roulette in New York City in 2001. With Kevin Norton (marimba, vibraphone, percussion) and Haewon Min (piano).

"Composer/percussionist Kevin Norton has spent a lot of quality time with the estimable saxophonist/composer, Anthony Braxton...the artist's spin on Braxton's music yields bountiful dividends. Recommended."
       Glenn Astarita, allaboutjazz.com
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  In Context/Out of Context
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Kevin Norton Context Trio
In Context/Out of Context

Barking Hoop BKH002
"In Context/Out of Context" is a piece in multiple sections for virtuoso musicians. Recorded live at the (now defunct) Context in New York City on October 1, 1999, featuring Kevin Norton (composition, drums, vibraphone and percussion), David Bindman (soprano/tenor saxophone and flute), and Bob DeBellis (soprano/tenor saxophone and flute).

"Kevin Norton's drumming is nothing short of remarkable"
     Percussive Arts Journal

"...amazing..." Cadence

"Norton's awareness of musical history is what makes him such an exciting player. He never sounds as if he is playing pastiche post-bop or New Thing, but it is always clear where his roots lie. It's an ancestry he has investigated with impressive thoroughness and genuine understanding."
       Brian Morton, Jazz Review
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  For Guy Debord, featuring Anthony Braxton
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Kevin Norton Ensemble
featuring Anthony Braxton
For Guy Debord (in Nine Events)

Barking Hoop BKH001
Recorded live at the Tri-Centric Festival in New York City on September 24, 1998, "For Guy Debord" is composed by Kevin Norton and features special guest Anthony Braxton along with ensemble members Bob Debellis, David Bindman (reeds), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Joe Fonda (bass), and Kevin Norton (drums and percussion).

"In his writing and playing Norton displays much subtlety, imagination and originality." Harvey Pekar, Jazz Times

"Norton's arranging skills are formidable... this is a meaty and enjoyable work of art." Walter Horn, Cadence

"...one of the best CDs of 2000" Cadence and Jazz Times
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  Kevin Norton Ensemble: Knots
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Kevin Norton Ensemble
featuring David Krakauer
Knots

Music & Arts CD1033
Music composed by Kevin Norton and featuring special guest David Krakauer along with ensemble members Bob Debellis, David Bindman (reeds), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Joe Fonda (bass), and Kevin Norton (drums and percussion). Recorded in New York, Sept/Oct 1997.
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  Kevin Norton Trio: Integrated Variables
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Kevin Norton Trio
featuring Mark Dresser and George Cartwright
Integrated Variables

CIMP 121
Kevin Norton (drums, marimba), George Cartwright (saxophone), Mark Dresser (bass). Recorded 1996.
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