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jared burrows . guitar
clyde reed . bass
joe sorbara . drums, percussion

jared burrows . guitar (from a photo by Vincent Lim)    clyde reed . bass    joe sorbara . drums, percussion

Reliable Parts is an improvising trio featuring two Vancouver creative music veterans -- guitarist Jared Burrows and bassist Clyde Reed -- with Toronto drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara, currently on secondment to Van City. Shortly after Joe's arrival on the west coast in late 2017, the three began meeting weekly in Clyde's studio in East Van. As they worked to establish a distinctive approach to free play that would account for each of their peculiarities and eccentricities, a unique group sound began to emerge that they are now dedicated to explore.

In addition to their work as a trio, the three are often joined by like-minded musical adventurers such as the wonderfully quirky vocalist and multidisciplinary artist, Carol Sawyer, and luminary saxophonist, composer, improviser, Nikki Carter. The first documented snap-shot of their work together, though, is the trio outing, Reliable Parts, which came out on Oval Window Records in November 2018. You can hear the album's seven tracks using the embedded player, below...

...and a bonus track:

Jared Burrows

Jared Burrows is a guitarist and composer in Vancouver, Canada. His music draws on jazz, free improvisation, and from the traditional musics of India and West Africa. He leads the Jared Burrows Quartet, and Sextet, the Vancouver Improviser's Orchestra, and is involved with many other ensembles in the Vancouver area including: Thunder Lizard, Dave Robbins' Electric Band, Brad Muirhead 4, Colin MacDonald's Pocket Orchestra, Gare de Lyon, Len Aruliah Quintet, Michael Vlatkovich Quintet, and the Offering of Curtis Andrews. Jared's work includes many cross-cultural collaborations in performance, composition, and education, including long-term projects with Carnatic singer, Dr. Vidyasagar Vankayala, and Ghanaian drummer and educator, Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo. Recent performance highlights include concerts and recordings with mrdangam maestro, Sri Trichy Sankaran, and with legendary Los Angeles reed player, Vinny Golia.

Jared teaches improvisation, conducting, jazz pedagogy, and directs small and large ensembles at Capilano University. He holds a Ph.D. in Arts Education from Simon Fraser University and is actively engaged in writing and research work in the areas of social models of cognition related to free improvisation, community music, the teaching of improvisation, and Sufi and Taoist philosophy applied to performance practice.


Clyde Reed

Canadian bassist, Clyde Reed, is a long-standing member of the creative music scenes in Vancouver, Portland, and Seattle. A founding member of New Orchestra Workshop Society, he can be heard on many of their recordings, including those featuring guests Marilyn Crispell, Barry Guy, George Lewis, and Renee Lusier. He has also played and recorded frequently with Nikki Carter, Bruce Freedman, Rich Halley, and Paul Plimley. Reed is regularly invited to perform at international jazz festivals in North America and Europe including the Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago, Penofin (California), Bumbershoot (Seattle), Earshot (Seattle), Berlin, and Lisbon Jazz Festivals. His long-term collaborators include Bobby Bradford, Jared Burrows, Nikki Carter, Bruce Freedman, Vinny Golia, Rich Halley, George Lewis, Kenton Loewen, Paul Plimley, Claude Ranger, Dylan van der Schyff, Joe Sorbara, and Michael Vlatkovich.

“Clyde Reed fashions some of the fattest, funkiest, double bass riffs around ... dynamic, fluid and fun” -- All About Jazz

Joe Sorbara

Canadian drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara has spent nearly two decades developing a reputation as an imaginative and dedicated performer, composer, improviser, organizer, and educator throughout the extraordinary creative music communities in and around his home in Toronto. In the fall of 2017, Sorbara and his family made a somewhat-temporary move to Vancouver where he is currently getting to know many of the west coast’s most adventurous musicians including Meredith Bates, Jared Burrows, Nikki Carter, Bill Clark, François Houle, Bruno Hubert, Peggy Lee, James Meger, Clyde Reed, Ron Samworth, Carol Sawyer, Jeff Younger, and Josh Zubot. Sorbara is a highly inventive musician who has played and recorded with the AIMToronto Orchestra, Ken Aldcroft, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Allen Ravenstine, and Friendly Rich as well as with his own projects including The Imperative, Other Foot First, Remnants Trio, My Misshapen Ear, Mars People, and the Imaginary Percussion Ensemble. He is equally comfortable playing jazz, free improvised music, indie rock, and chamber music; but is most at home when playing them all at the same time.

Sorbara is a long-time student of master drummer Jim Blackley. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University in Toronto and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Guelph where his work focused on critical improvisation studies, literary and cultural theory, and pedagogy. Joe has worked extensively as a workshop facilitator and guest lecturer and began teaching in the Music Department at the University of Guelph in 2007.


h o m e

[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects

the imperative  

my misshapen ear  

reliable parts  

françois houle/ james meger/ joe sorbara  


the imaginary percussion ensemble  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  


other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  

[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact

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