Sam Decker – Shrove (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 39:10 minutes | 427 MB | Genre: Jazz
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There is a misconception that freely played music must be melee, a literal free for all. Of course, that needn’t be the case as there are ways to direct improvisers with clear intent. It also helps to build trusting relationships with those recruited to perform the music in such a communal spirit.

Saxophonist/composer Sam Decker has focused much of his energy into purely improvised music. The Illinois-bred, Brooklyn-based Decker focused the past six years on developing music that blended his fascination with folk-inflected sounds of composers like Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok and Dmitri Shostakovich with the color and power of improvised music. The outcome is his first release that fits squarely in the jazz realm of composition meeting improvisation, namely, Shrove.

Decker graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2010, whereupon he moved to Brooklyn and the burgeoning creative music scene. The next years held a diverse set of music projects and collaborations in the free improv scene as well as the indie/experimental pop scene. Influenced by all of these experiences, Decker was also beginning to write the material and build the ideas for this set of music which comes much closer to the jazz settings he spent so much time with earlier.


1. Sam Decker – Filles
2. Sam Decker – Stems
3. Sam Decker – ST
4. Sam Decker – What It Was All For
5. Sam Decker – Iron Swallow
6. Sam Decker – Falling Action
7. Sam Decker – Tableaux
8. Sam Decker – Parallel Floats