From the San Francisco poetry underground comes the voice of Robert Anbian, backed by electronic percussionist E. “Doc” Smith and Bay Area sax legend Charles Unger, plus keyboardist Sam Peoples and bassist Mike Shea. UFQ makes its own magic inspired by the music of Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Bobby Hutcherson, with infusions of Brian Eno, the Grateful Dead, and something else. Notes Anbian: “I call the post-fusion, world beat jazz these guys play ‘acid-bop’ – it’s got more possibilities for poetry than the typical verse-chorus cadences of popular music.”
Robert Anbian - voice, poetry
E. Doctor Smith - The Drummstick, samples
Charles Unger - tenor & soprano saxophones
Sam Peoples -acoustic & electric piano, samples
Mike Shea - acoustic & electric bass
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"Right from the very first note, terms like “hip” or “cool” suddenly start making sense again and the distinctly urban side of Jazz comes crash-landing in the 21st century on wings of smoothness and poetry. Anbian could make a metal filing cabinet in a tax agency feel sexy with his warm, deep and sonorous voice..." - Tobias Fischer, Tokafi
"His voice crackles with a midnight vibe that at times makes you wonder that if Kerouac or Burroughs were still alive, perhaps they would they be tapping into the same source of magic and energy."
- Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility
"Mere words can't even begin to describe how marvelous this sounds, and how whacked-out yet utterly brilliant Anbian's poetry is. Fans of poetry, spoken word, exotica, and jazz need to hear this."
- THE ONE TRUE DEAD ANGEL
"Anbian creates an impressionistic, dreamy ride through a typical cultural mecca at night, with love, politics and the aforementioned fetish in mind...Call this lounge music for the apocalypse..."
- Mike Wood, Music Emmissions