Paul Rogers (bass player)

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Paul Rogers (born April 27, 1956 in Chester ) is a British bassist of free and creative jazz .


Paul Rogers began playing the guitar at the age of twelve, the bass guitar was added two years later, and in 1973 he acquired the first double bass. In 1974 he came to London, first played in pubs and finally met the saxophonist Mike Osborne , through whom he was introduced to the free jazz scene of the time and then soon with musicians such as Elton Dean , Keith Tippett , John Stevens , Howard Riley , Stan Tracey , Ken Hyder , Alan Skidmore , Evan Parker , Tony Marsh , Kenny Wheeler, and John Etheridge . During this time, Rogers often changed formations and tried to play with as many musicians as possible. In 1984 he became a member of a trio formation with drummer Tony Levin and alternating with Alan Skidmore or Paul Dunmall . In 1988 the Dunmall / Rogers / Levin Trio merged with the Mujician Ensemble , which worked with pianist Keith Tippett.

In 1987, Rogers moved to the United States, lived in the New York City borough of Bronx for a year and a half, and played with musicians such as Gerry Hemingway , Don Byron , Myra Melford , Mark Dresser , Tom Cora and Tim Berne . After his return to Europe, Pip Pyle engaged him in the newly formed jazz quartet Equip'Out. Elton Dean and Sophia Domancich joined this formation, which had only a few appearances and only recorded one album, Up!

The musical and personal relationship with Sophia Domancich continued after the group ended; Rogers played in their trio, with Bruno Tocanne on drums, who was soon replaced by Tony Levin. This formation existed until 1999 and recorded several albums. Rogers then settled in France and worked there with Michel Doneda , Daunik Lazro and Ramón López , but also played with musicians such as Andrew Cyrille , John Zorn , Derek Bailey , Lol Coxhill , Barry Guy , Joachim Kühn , Alexander von Schlippenbach and Uwe Oberg .

Rogers is also a composer; several formations have played his compositions, such as 7 RPM and the Paul Rogers Sextet (which toured Great Britain in 1990 with its suite Anglo-American Sketches ). He has also received several composition commissions from the Arts Council of Great Britain . Under his own name he recorded a quartet album with Paul Dunmall, Sophia Domancich and Tony Levin, later three more solo albums, 1989 Listen, 1995 Heron Moon and 2007 Being.

Discographic notes

  • 1989 - Listen (Emanem) solo
  • 1995 - Heron Moon (Rare Music) solo
  • 2007 - Being (Amor Fati) solo
  • 2007 - Two Loose (FMR), with Edward Perraud
  • 2018 - Paul Rogers & Emil Gross: Bag of Screams


Web links / sources

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