Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells

Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells

 Riverton, New Jersey, USA
BandJazzAvant-garde

Twenty-first century electric bassist, bandleader and composer Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is a highly distinct voice on the international improvised music scene. Available as bandleader or solo performer, he has elated audiences on three continents.

Biography

Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is an American bassist, composer, programmer, conceptualist and record producer. Recently relocated to Chonburi Thailand, he is widely recognized as a highly individual voice on the electric bass guitar, Ashbory bass, NSD electric double bass and acoustic bass guitar. He has also distinguished himself as a clinician (demonstrating at the Frankfurt Musik Messe and the Los Angeles NAMM show for Hohner and Steinberger), programmer and synthesist developing with Max/MSP, Csound and Java. As a record producer and composer, he has collaborated with many prominent figures such as Reeves Gabrels, Jaron Lanier, Rhys Chatham, Iris Lord, John Sinclair, Olaf Rupp and many others. He is the recipient of commissions from prestigious institutions such as Stockholms Stadsteatern and New York's MEET THE COMPOSER. He is featured as leader on recordings from Red Toucan Records ("Steamroom Variations"), Ayler Records ("Meditations on Albert Ayler", "Broherly Love in Philadelphia") and MuWorks ("Coming Together").

He currently leads a number of bands which serve as platforms for his musical vision. His "The Sonic Liberation Orchestra" is an ensemble which performs both the compositions of Jair-Rohm Parker Wells and sets of free-form improvisation. The members of the group are:

Katt Hernandez - violin
Daniel Carter - reeds and trumpet
Peeter Uuskyla - drums
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells - basses and electronics

"The Jair-Rohm Parker Wells Trio" is a free-improvising unit that never ceases to amaze with its endless creativity and breadth. From Jazz to Rock to Funk and beyond. Check out their Ayler Records release "Brotherly Love in Philadelphia". The members are:

Elliott Levin - sax, flute and voice
Eric Slick - drums
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells - basses and electronics

"Ex Aequo" is another group led by Jair-Rohm Parker Wells which combines composition with improvisation. The group is a composing collective and, unlike the Sonic Liberation Orchestra, compositional duties are shared among the group's members.

Daniel Carter - reeds, trumpet
Burton Greene - piano
Klaus Kugel - drums
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells - basses

"Quartet" is the free-improvising quartet that features some of the most distinguished names in the post-Ayler progressive Jazz spectrum.

Daniel Carter - reeds and trumpet
Bern Nix - guitar
Marc Edwards - drums
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells - bass

Finally, a project which will debut on tour in the UK this June, "Song of Miriam - Reflections on the Music of Kurt Weill". This avant-garde Jazz "super group" showcases Jair-Rohm's arrangements of the songs Kurt Weill. The group features some of the most respected names on the British improvising scene:

Shabaka Hutchings - reeds
Tony Bianco - drums
Burton Greene - piano
Lene Lovich - vocals
Ian Smith - trumpet and flugelhorn
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells - basses and electronics
and special guests.

Raised in southern Germany, Jair-Rohm moved to New York in 1978. After touring the United States for a year with a top forty band he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. While at Tulane, he regularly performed with local jazz and rhythm and blues artists. He also performed as a member of Tulane University's Tulanians, met and studied with Richard Payne (the first person to record with the electric bass) and discovered the music of Harry Partch. He returned to the New York area in the fall of 1980 where he met and started work study under saxophonist/composer Ken Simon. During this period Jair-Rôhm also met Anthony Braxton and became involved in the study of his music. In 1982 Jair-Rôhm founded his own experimental music/ theater group GLASS THOUGHT THEATER ENSEMBLE. Between 1982 and 1983 he was composer in residence at the New York Theater Ensemble (New York, N.Y.) where he wrote and produced a trilogy of progressive"operas". He received a MEET THE COMPOSER grant in 1983. From 1984 - 1985 he was resident in New Jersey where he continued composing and playing the bass. He was a founding member of the New Brunswick Jazz Musician's Collective (New Brunswick, N.J.) for which he composed and performed many significant works for various ensembles. He is also one of the original members of the legendary New York improvising band Machine Gun.
Some of the artists Jair-Rohm Parker Wells has performed and /or recorded with include: Simone Weissenfels, Rhys Chatham, Tobias Schmitt, Jaron Lanier, Lost Boys, Daniel Carter, John Sinclair, Regina Belle, Max Martin, Jon Lord, Tony Scott, Marcus Heesch, Thomas Chapin, Elliott Sharpe, Janne Schaffer, James Gadson, Ken Simon, Embryo, Joachim Kühn, Karl Berger, Reeves Gabrels, Charles Brakeen, Jonas Hellborg, Peter Sonntag, Luther Thomas, John "Jab'O" Starks, Robert Musso and Steve Conte.

Lyrics

Kosher Klash

Written By: Elliott Levin, Eric Slick and Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

Taken from the Ayler Records release "Brotherly Love in Philadelphia" by the Jair-Rohm Parker Wells trio. This hard-hitting free improv session will sear your soul to its core.

au8 mix

Written By: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

Excerpt from a live solo performance at audiounit in Hamburg, Germany.

Resigned 2 Allow

Written By: Jair-Rohm Parker Wells

Basses, processing and voice. Selected by Twin London as "Twin Pick of the Week".

Discography

PARTIAL DISCOGRAPHY
Brotherly Love In Philadelphia with the Jair-Rohm Parker Wells Trio
Digital download Ayler Records
Sympathy for the Donkey with 3 Banditos
CD Klanggold
AMDG
CD Klanggold
Exquisite Noise
CD/digital download CDBaby
Inside of Outside with Cyndi Dawson
CD CDBaby
Steamroom Variations with Decision Dream
CD Red Toucan Records
Meditations on Albert Ayler
Digital download Ayler Records
Machine Gun
CD Musso Music
Active Resonance with Robert Musso
Digital download Musso Music
Open Fire with Machine Gun
Digital download Musso Music
Pass The Ammo with Machine Gun
Digital download Musso Music
Personal Nuclear Device with Doom Dogs
Digital download Musso Music
The Prostitution Of Meritocracy
CD/Digital download ZH27