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Somebody's got a man crush on Lee Marvin. Star-spangled, wandering jazz of epic proportions.
This album represents and signifies a culmination of sorts for the composer. Rosenboom's ability to turn his visions and dreams into physical sights and sounds is now coinciding with the realization of his hope for a galvanized modern improvised community through Orenda Records. The label is celebrating its first year of existence with an ever-growing roster of outstanding musicians and an already-impressive catalogue of albums. As a composer who utilizes free improvisation in virtually all of his works, Rosenboom strikes a fine balance between writing highly organized melodic ideas while giving his musicians the freedom to express themselves in their most honest form. Rosenboom is able to apply this formula to both his bands and his record label, with similarly adventurous and provocative results. For these pieces Rosenboom enlisted fellow Orenda compatriots (and long-time collaborators and bandmates): alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton, tenor saxophonist Jon Armstrong, and guitarist Alexander Noice. In addition, Rosenboom reached outside his usual circle of trusted musicians and added virtuoso cellist Artyom Manukyan, and the brilliant rhythm section of Richard Giddens (bass), Gene Coye (drums), and Joshua White, the gifted young pianist from San Diego whose second-place finish in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition catapulted him into predominance.
March 9, 2015
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