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This is a live recording from some time in 2008. I don't know the specific date because for some reason I lost the original files and had to take these MP3's from my iPod. But anyway, I think this is some pretty fucking good free jazz with Chicago's own artist/drummer Jerome Bryerton, Vienna-based saxophonist Marco Eneidi, and Forbes/Young. This was recorded on the Zoom H4.

Live @ Brown Rice (Chicago, IL 2008)

Jerome Bryerton - drums
Marco Eneidi - alto sax
Mike Forbes - tenor sax
Andrew Scott Young - bass


Forbes/Young/Gonzalez Trio

This was the first band in which Mike Forbes and I played together regularly. It was a sax, bass, and drum trio with Stefan Gonzalez (of Yells at Eels and Akkolyte). We played a few times and have some rough recordings from jamming at Mike's house but probably the best recorded material we have is a tape release that happened in a small run (I don't know how many) on Paper Stain Records (Denton, TX). The recordings were made by Dennis Gonzalez at his home studio. The tracks I'm posting aren't the tape version exactly but the original unmastered studio versions that Dennis put on a CD-R for us the day we recorded them. They are labeled in the same order as on the tape. So here you go:

Forbes/Young/Gonzalez Trio (2006)

1. 01 (11:54)

2. 02 (11:28)

3. 03 (7:35)

4. 04 (10:31)

Here are all of the early recordings I have of Forbes/Young/Gonzalez in chronological order. All of these were recorded in September of 2006 on a 4-track tape recorder in Mike Forbes' living room in Denton, TX except for Trios 5 & 6 which were recorded live at the Secret Headquarters (also in Denton). Trio 1 was released on a split with Violent Squid as "Event 1". You should download that split here. The Violent Squid side is killer.

Forbes/Young/Gonzalez September 2006 (1)

1. Trio 1

2. Trio 2

3. Trio 3

4. Trio 4

Forbes/Young/Gonzalez September 2006 (2)

1. Trio 5 (Live @ SHQ)

2. Trio 6 (Live @ SHQ)

3. Trio 7


Forbes/Young Duet

Mike Forbes and I have been playing together in a duet and various groups since we met in Denton, Texas in 2005. Chronology was one of the first recording projects we tried with specific compositional ideas adding at least some degree of predetermined structure to the improvisations. The first four tracks are supposed to be a tribute of sorts to some pairs of saxophonists and bassists who tended to collaborate together regularly. These were recorded at the Marietta house in Denton, Texas on a Yamaha 4-track cassette recorder. And for all our Chicago friends who haven't really heard what we were playing around this time, prepare to be JAZZ'D!!!

Chronology (2006, self-released/never released?)

Mike Forbes - sax
Andrew Scott Young - bass

1. Part 1 - for Ornette Coleman & Charlie Haden (5:52)

2. Part 2 - for Albert Ayler & Henry Grimes (4:12)

3. Part 3 - for Evan Parker & Barry Guy (5:40)

4. Part 4 - For Peter Brötzmann & Evan Parker (4:39)

5. Part 5 (6:24)

And though I can't say all these jams are awesome, if anyone was interested in getting a better understanding of how we have evolved as improvisers since moving to Chicago, here are all the duet recordings I have of us from 2007-08. Most of them were recorded on the zoom h4 in our living room. Some of them are alternate takes from the sax/bass duet in Six Hands, Five Voices recorded at Depaul. Since most of these are improv jams we did, none of them have names. I labeled them by date and broke the mp3's up into three .zip files because I have an upload limit. So deal with it.

Mike Forbes - sax, vocals
Andrew Scott Young - bass, lap steel, mic/percussion

FYD 07/08 1

1. 9/12/07 (18:59)

2. 9/21/07 (1) (24:19)

3. 9/21/07 (2) (14:21)

4. 9/25/07 (1) (16:13)

5. 9/25/07 (2) (3:06)

FYD 07/08 2

1. 10/1/07 (15:23)

2. 11/16/07 (1) (10:39)

3. 11/16/07 (2) (9:33)

4.-8. lap steel/sax duets 11/19/07

9. 2/2/08 (4:57)

10. 3/20/08 (7:48)

11. 3/29/08 (9:51)

12.-13. microphone/percussion/sax 11/16/07

FYD 07/08 3

1. 4/5/08 (1) (22:20)

2. 4/5/08 (2) (18:12)

3. 4/15/08 (1) (1:37)

4. 4/15/08 (2) (1:36)

5. 4/15/08 (3) (1:36)

6. 4/30/08 (8:25)

7. 5/2/08 (9:01)

8. 6/5/08 (7:21)

9. "A Drunken Reading of Drunken Writing" by Mike Forbes, vox/bass (2:01)


ASY Trio

ASY Trio - Six Hands, Five Voices 2008, self-released

Mike Forbes and I moved to Chicago in the summer of 2007. We moved in with the infamous avant garde multi-instrumentalist Andrew "fuck you, man" Bell and started playing in a trio. We only played a few shows (under ASY Trio) and mostly jammed in our living room. This is from a self-released CD-R. Originally released in a paper sleeve with stamps in black ink. All the tracks were recorded on my zoom H4 in a room in the Depaul music building. It was available at Reckless Records for a while. Why didn't you buy it?

Six Hands, Five Voices (2008 self-released)

Andrew Bell - violin/piano
Mike Forbes - sax
Andrew Scott Young - cello/bass

1. I - sax/bass

2. II - violin/cello

3. III - sax/piano

4. IV - violin/sax/cello/piano/bass

the kill-bot factory

the kill-bot factory is an attempt (by myself and Andrew Bell) at a harsh, improvised, acoustic string duet. this is from a CD-R that was self-released in an edition of 15 and given away for free at our first show (we only ever played three). The recordings were made with a Zoom H4 recorder in the living room of our apartment. All of the recordings I have from this time occasionally have the sound of a brown line train going by out our window. White CD-R with "TKBF" stamped in black ink, wrapped in a paper towel and tied with twine.

"TKBF" 2008, self-released

Andrew Bell- violin
Andrew Scott Young- cello

1. yourfrontporch (5:10)

2. myfrontseat (3:22)

3. thedoorisopen (4:52)

4. buttherideaintfree (1:23)

for the avid TKBF collector, here's more! Also recorded in the living room at various times in 2008.


1. "oh fuck!" (6:20)

2. cameahighecho (5:33)

3. mikeiswatchingtelevision (8:35)

4. cello/violin duet (8:14)

5. untitled 1, Feb 13 2008 (4:37)

6. untitled 2, Feb 13 2008 (3:02)

7. untitled 3, Feb 13 2008 (6:59)

8. untitled 2008 (6:45)

9. untitled 2008 (7:15)

10. untitled 1, Feb 6 2008 (5:47)

11. untitled 2, Feb 6 2008 (13:27)

the kill-bot factory did some collaborations:

TKBF w/Primordial Mornings & Al Niente

1. tkbf w/al niente (30:22)

2. tkbf w/primordial mornings take 1 (31:24)

3. tkbf w/primordial mornings take 2 (18:25)

just so you can say you have the complete kill-bot factory, here are some alternate takes from Six Hands, Five Voices. These were all recorded in a room in the basement of the Depaul music building.

TKBF from Six Hands, Five Voices