- Kent Kessler
Kent Kessler is an American
jazz double-bassist, best known for his work in the Chicagojazz and avant garde musicscene from the 1980s into the 2000s.
Kessler grew up in
Cape Codand began playing tromboneat age ten. He and his family moved to Chicago when he was 13, and a few years later Kessler became intensely interested in jazz. He dropped out of high schooland began taking lessons in electric bass and jazz theory in the middle of the 1970s.Peter Margasak, [http://www.chicagoreader.com/TheMeter/030124.html Upright Citizen] . " Chicago Reader", January 24, 2003.] In 1977 he formed the ensemble Neutrino Orchestra with percussionist Michael Zerangand guitarists Dan Scanlanand Norbert Funk. He spent a year in Brazilin 1980-81 and spent time studying off and on at Roosevelt Universityin Chicago; he and Zerang also formed a group called Musica Menta, which played regularly at local Chicago venue Link's Hall.
Kessler began playing
double bassin the 1980s and it became his primary instrument when he was asked in 1985 to join the NRG Ensemble, who toured Europe and recorded for ECM Recordsunder the leadership of Hal Russelluntil his death in 1992. In 1991, he gigged with Zerang and guitarist Chris DeChiata; in need of a hornist, they called Ken Vandermark, who had been considering leaving the Chicago scene. Kessler and Vandermark would go on to collaborate extensively on free jazzand improvisational projects such as the Vandermark 5, the DKV Trioand the Steelwool Trio. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:wpfixq9hld0e~T1 Kent Kessler] at Allmusic] In the 1990s and afterwards he worked with leading Chicago musicians such as Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, and Joe McPhee, and also with European musicians such as Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Misha Mengelberg, and Luc Houtkamp.
In 2003, Kessler released a solo album, "Bull Fiddle", on
Okkadisk. Kessler performs alone on nine of the twelve tracks, and with Michael Zerang on three. [ [http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/661 Review of "Bull Fiddle"] . Dusted Magazine, April 2, 2003.]
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