Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper (2014)

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Daniel Rosenboom Quintet: Fire Keeper
"Fusion" has rarely been so bold. Drawing on the traditions of the original Mahavisnu Orchestra, and Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman
b.1930
sax, alto
's Prime Time, with liberal doses of Slavic folk-music and free-jazz, trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom
Daniel Rosenboom
Daniel Rosenboom
b.1982
trumpet
's Quintet is an experiment of nuclear proportions.

Featuring heavy electrical input from guitarist Alex Noice and "Bear-Trax" (hybrid-double-neck) bassist Kai Kurosawa, this orgy of odd meters really soars on the magic rhythm carpet laid down by drummer Dan Schnelle, whose traps bristle with a kinetic, Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
1945 - 1997
drums
kind of energy. Hovering above, in mostly acoustic identities, are the volcanic reeds of Gavin Templeton
Gavin Templeton
Gavin Templeton

sax, alto
and the leader—stirring a potent mix of textures.

This swirling mélange opens "Leaving Moscow," grounded by Scnelle's brutal cadence and the relentless jabs of Kurosawa, setting up an explosive melodic unison with offset commentary from Templeton's squiggly alto and the hot distorted legato of Noice.

On the nervous jangle of "Seven on Seventh," Templeton's serpentine lines punctuate with harsh screams and morph into a total squall fueled by Noice's ring-modulated caterwaul. The leader peppers "With Fire Eyes," with growling, burbling plunger mute commentary, followed by a Gothic theme that draws Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
Albert Ayler
1936 - 1970
sax, tenor
squeals from Templeton.

Impossibly tight unisons create a constant shock of tension, such as the Deep Purple meets Mahavishnu mashup of "Tadodaho," where Rosenboom's delayed trumpet preens and glistens—on other tracks, the flirtation with metal drives the sonic landscape—such as Noice's granular distortion on "Hush Money."

It all comes together on the episodic "The Fifteenth Hour," another disjointed, Ornette-ian challenge that Kurosawa splits apart with a solo that toggles between the sounds of 70s synthesizers and Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Jamaaladeen Tacuma
b.1956
bass
underwater. Not to be undone, Rosenboom gushes forth with fearsome alacrity, evoking the muscle of Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
and tone sculpture of Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
Wadada Leo Smith
b.1941
trumpet
, (with whom Rosenboom studied at Cal Arts.)

Complex and exciting, Fire Keeper burns, lurches, and leaps with intelligent virtuosity and a breathtaking sense of ensemble cohesion. This might be where jazz is heading—so strap in and enjoy the ride.

Track Listing: Leaving Moscow; Seven on Seventh; With Fire Eyes; Tadodaho; Hush Money; The Fifteenth Hour; Holiday Motel; Inspiration; Tendrils.

Personnel: Daniel Rosenboom: trumpet, piccolo trumpet; Alexander Noice: electric guitar; Gavin Templeton: saxophones, flute, bass clarinet; Kai Kurosawa: Bear Trax, ziggy, electronics; Dan Schnelle: drums.

Record Label: Orenda Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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