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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 west coast creative music veterans -- guitarist Jared Burrows and bassist Clyde Reed -- with Toronto drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara.

Sorbara spent two years on secondment to the Vancouver scene beginning in late 2017 and the three fast friends began meeting for weekly sessions in Clyde's East Van studio almost immediately. As they worked to seek out a distinctive approach to free play that would account for each of their peculiarities and eccentricities, a unique group sound began to emerge that continues to inspire.

In addition to their work as a trio, the three are often joined by like-minded musical adventurers such as luminary saxophonist, composer, improviser, Nikki Carter and the wonderfully quirky vocalist and multidisciplinary artist, Carol Sawyer. The first documented snap-shot of their work together, though, is the eponymous 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...

...as well as 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, Canada. Joe and his family recently made a temporary move west to Vancouver where he spent two years getting to know many of the west coast’s most adventurous musicians. Sorbara is a highly inventive musician who has played and recorded with the AIMToronto Orchestra, Ken Aldcroft, Jared Burrows, Anthony Braxton, François Houle, Evan Parker, Allen Ravenstine, Clyde Reed, and Friendly Rich as well as with his own projects including The Imperative, Other Foot First, Reliable Parts, 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 taught for twelve years in the Music Department at the University of Guelph.


h o m e

[ i ] bio

[ ii ] events

[ iii ] projects

never was  

françois houle & joe sorbara

alien radio
(houle/ meger/ sorbara)

the imperative  


imaginary percussion ensemble  

reliable parts  

paul dutton & joe sorbara  


my misshapen ear  

other foot first  

remnants trio  

squash recipe  

[ iv ] discography

[ v ] gallery

[ vi ] contact

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