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Daniel Rosenboom: Book of Omens

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Daniel Rosenboom: Book of Omens Los Angeles-based trumpet player Daniel Rosenboom is quickly becoming a ubiquitous presence in the West Coast's creative jazz scene. His credits include a variety of endeavors, from challenging sideman work with venerated scene leader Vinny Golia to membership in the radical young Balkan ensemble PLOTZ! His 2006 solo debut, Bloodier, Mean Son (Nine Winds) established Rosenboom as a singularly creative voice whose unique aesthetic encompasses an array of idiosyncratic influences, from efx-laden horn soliloquies to elaborate progressive metal-influenced full-band arrangements.

Book of Omens, Rosenboom's eleventh release as a leader or co-leader, follows Fallen Angeles (Nine Winds, 2011), his stunning acoustic septet recording. Returning to the bold, amplified palette featured on many of his prior efforts, the mixed quintet's electro-acoustic instrumentation perfectly evokes the futuristic dread implied by the album's conceptual theme of cosmic destruction and renewal.

Joined on the frontline by multi-instrumentalist Golia, the intrepid pair matches the visceral shredding intensity of guitarist Jake Vossler and the thunderous rhythmic variations proffered by electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Matt Mayhall. Although the opening fanfare, "Prologue: The 12 Signs," unfolds with regal authority, the distinctive speed metal riffing that fuels the compounded time signatures of the following tune, "Playing With Fire," leaves little doubt as to its inspiration; to those raised on metal, Slayer's throttling attack is an obvious touchstone for Vossler's assaultive fretwork.

No stranger to sonically confrontational environments, Golia acquits himself spectacularly in this dynamic setting, whether unleashing stratospheric tenor salvos or, during more introspective passages, haunting alto flute ruminations. Keeping pace with Golia, Rosenboom's spirited cadences reveal a lyrical virtuoso with a commanding tone, whose expansive trumpet technique is saliently paralleled in his diverse writing. Despite the primal fervor of scorching numbers like "The Swarm" and the volatile "Supernova," a number of these vanguard compositions, including the impressionistic tone poem "Moth" and the hallucinatory Western noir of "The Pale One," exude a timeworn melancholy, further reinforcing the date's apocalyptic ambience.

More than most of his peers, Rosenboom has a composer's ear for the subtleties of genre; his tasteful incorporation of extroverted styles like fusion, metal and prog into an avant-garde jazz setting is far more organic than many similar efforts. Book of Omens, a dark, foreboding record whose myriad layers reward repeated spins, confirms Daniel Rosenboom as an artist on the rise.


Track Listing: Prologue: The 12 Signs; Playing With Fire; Moth; Panther; Blood Moon; Viper; The Swarm; Wolf in the Mist; The Last Regent; Eagle Eclipse; The Pale One; The Celestial Arrow; Supernova; Epilogue: Rebirth.

Personnel: Daniel Rosenboom: trumpet and flugelhorn; Vinny Golia: tenor saxophone, alto flute, and contralto clarinet; Jake Vossler: electric guitar; Tim Lefebvre: electric bass and FX; Matt Mayhall: drums.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Nine Winds Records | Style: Modern Jazz


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