Jewish drummer Joey Baron (1955), who played with Bill Frisell (1988), Tim Berne (1989) and John Zorn (1989), debuted as a leader on
Tongue in Groove (may 1991) and
Raised Pleasure Dot (february 1993), both
in a bizarre trio
trombonist Steve Swell and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin performing sets
of brief unpredictable sketches.
Having proven how little he cared for the conventions of rhythm, Baron proceeded
to form Down Home, a much more orthodox quartet with
alto saxophonist Arthur Blythe, guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Ron Carter
whose Down Home (april 1997) featured longer pieces such as
Little Boy, Wide Load and What
that straddled the border between free jazz and rhythm'n'blues.
In the meantime, Barondown also changed format, delivering two lengthy and
convoluted skits, Games On A Train and Sittin' On A Cornflake
on Crackshot (august 1995).
Down Home, instead, crafted We'll Soon Find Out (april 2000), in an even
more conventional vein (either a postmodernist take on bebop or a melodic
Just Listen (november 2008) documents live duets between Joey Baron on
drums and Bill Frisell on guitar.
Baron also played in a trio with John Medeski and Marc Ribot.
Baron also formed Killer Joey, featuring guitarists Steve Cardenas and Brad Shepik as well as Tony Scherr on bass.
Dinosaur Dances (march 2003) documents a collaboration between Joey Baron and percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky.
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