The Fully Celebrated: Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones (2009)
The opening "Moose and Grizzly Bear's Ville" sounds as if Hobbs is paying homage to Ornette in both his phrasing and tone, while the skronky "Reptoid Alliance" conjures up a pared-down acoustic Prime Time. Elsewhere Hobbs reproduces the tonality of an erhu (two-stringed Chinese violin) on the pentatonic scales of "Brothers of Heliopolis," then mimics the cadences of a blues singer on "Pearl's Blues (Your What Hurts?)." On "Conotocarius" he channels folky bagpipes before loosening up for some squalling power play over freeform tumult, while the closing "Dew of May" combines a melancholic folk ballad ambience with a more joyful release. While for some this Catholicism may evoke pastiche, it doesn't quite mask a serious intent and makes for an irreverent ride.
Track Listing: Moose and Grizzly Bear's Ville; Reptoid Alliance; Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones; Brothers of Heliopolis; Enemy of Both Sides; Pearl's Blues; Conotocarius; Dew of May.
Personnel: Jim Hobbs: alto saxophone; Timo Shanko: bass; Django Carranza: drums.
Record Label: AUM Fidelity
Style: Modern Jazz