Spencer Barefield Quartet

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Spencer Barefield Quartet

When Dave Young crosses the border from Toronto to perform in the States with guitarist Barefield, sparks fly. Canada’s Junu award-winning bassist was a regular with the famed Oscar Peterson over a 30-year period; Young now performs and records with the Spencer Barefield Quartet. Rounding out this innovative ensemble are riveting saxophonist David McMurray and percussionist Djallo Djakate Keita.

Spencer Barefield Quartet leader

Guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield has received numerous awards for composition and performance from ArtServe Michigan-MCACA, Meet-the-Composer/NEA Commission USA, Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts, Arts Midwest and others. He recently was honored with a Kresge Foundation Arts Fellowship. He has toured and recorded in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, extensively as a leader of Spencer Barefield Quartet, soloist, and with legendary artists Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Davis and others. Barefield’s recordings “Live Detroit” and “Xenogenesis 2000” (CAC label), and his Sound Aspects (Germany) releases “After the End” and “Live at Leverkusen” have received rave international reviews and honors.

He is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Creative Arts Collective (CAC) — its concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and elsewhere earned CAC the Michigan’s Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and international recognition for its innovative presentations. More than a hundred of CAC’s concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio, and a new recording label, Geodesic Disques, is now releasing the historic recordings in a new series of CDs, “Beneath Detroit: CAC at the DIA.” Spencer Barefield Quartet's leader has taught guitar and improvisation at the University of Michigan School of Music and elsewhere.

Spencer Barefield Quartet members

Dave Young, the Spencer Barefield Quartet's bassist, is an internationally acclaimed bassist known for his recordings, work as a band leader and collaborator with many jazz greats, such as Oscar Peterson, Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Simms, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Rob McConnell, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyar , Gary Burton, Barney Kessel, Ed Bickert, Ranee Lee, Marcus Belgrave, Don Thompson, James Moody, and more. A number of his award-winning recordings are on the Justin Time label. As classical artist, he was the principal double bassist for a number of years with the Edmonton and Winnipeg Symphonies, as well as with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Young was honored at the 2003 National Jazz Awards as “Jazz Bassist of the Year.” The award was richly deserved, and is a tribute to Young’s chops, highly developed musical sensibility, versatility and life-long commitment to Jazz and Jazz education. Young and Barefield began their musical collaboration in the mid-1990s in a trio with Jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave. Young is featured on the Spencer Barefield Quartet’s “Soul Steppin’ Through the Fabulous Ruins” CD with McMurray and Keita.

The Spencer Barefield Quartet's xaxophonist David McMurray has released four CDs as a leader, the first on the Warner label, “The David McMurray Show” followed by “Piece of Mind,” “Afro Cubano Chant” and his latest release “Soul Searching” on the HipBop/Silva Screen label featuring Pam Wise, Marion Hayden, Wayne Gerard, Louis Resto and others. He has performed and recorded internationally with Geri Allen, Terrance Blanchard, Albert King, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Mark Ishan, Don Was, B52s, Bonny Raitt, Gladys Knight, Griot Galaxy, Kem, Was Not Was, the Rolling Stones, Kid Rock and others.

The drummer/percussionist of the Spencer Barefield Quartet Djallo Djakate Keita has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan with Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, appearing in concert and on television and radio. He has toured Africa with Kareem Baaqi and has performed with some of Detroit’s most acclaimed artists, including Harold McKinney, Marcus Belgrave, Charlie Gabriel, Teddy Harris, Wendell Harrison, Ralph Armstrong, Pamela Wise, Kenny Cox, Omawale African Dancers, Sun Drummers, Ras Kente, Taslimah Bey, Harvey Thompson, Faruq Z.

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