Rathburn-Howard Quintet: Days Before and After (2005)
Among the best of the CD's nine songs are "The Whole Enchilada, named for a restaurant near Howard's apartment in Brooklyn and featuring great Latin rhythms, with the quintet taking the music out in the middle. "Nomad is a multilayered song that evokes a Middle Eastern feel; the guitars create interesting fields during the horn solo and the song is full of intriguing soundscapes. "Hiccup is a simple blues with a missing beat, hence the title, and it's a chance for the guitarists to launch into some funky solos.
Rathbun penned five tunes and Howard four, both contributing arrangements. On top of Rathbun and Howard's energy and obvious care, the CD was produced by saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, adding a further layer of excellence. Days Before and After is not only an exciting blend of moods and ideas, but also a successful example of the art of collaboration.
Track Listing: 1. Darkness Before Light; 2. Missing the Sea; 3. Forward Motian; 4. Life as Crystals; 5. The Whole Enchilada; 6. There Will Come Soft Rains; 7. Nomad; 8. Hiccup; 9. Hinge.
Personnel: Andrew Rathburn -- reeds; Owen Howard -- drums; John Hebert -- bass; Ben Monder -- electric guitar; Geoff Young -- acoustic, electric, and fretless guitar.
Record Label: Fresh Sound New Talent