All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

33

Dylan Ryan / Sand: Circa

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Following up the well-received Sky Bleached (2012, Cuneiform Records), drummer Dylan Ryan and his trio continue their full-blown aerial assault on conventional power trio mechanisms. Think of spaced out jazz rock with asymmetrical doses of Black Sabbath, avant- garde breakouts, and brooding rhythmic tirades, culminated with the art of improvisation. Guitarist Timothy Young's (Wayne Horvitz, David Sylvian) sustain driven single note lines, howling plaintive cries and grizzly crunch chords ride atop Ryan and bassist Devon Hoff's forceful manifesto, modeled with pumping pulses and driving rock grooves.

Works such as "Visionary Fantasy" feature devastating thematic overtures, sketched out by Young's psycho wah-wah lines and thrusting fuzoid chord clusters. Yet this trio offers much more than your customary soloing extravaganzas, as Young uses volume control techniques to evoke variable atmospherics and dreamscapes. In other spots the musicians incorporate acid rock stylizations that are retrofitted for current, off-kilter extremist persuasions. Each piece stands on its own. For example, "Slow Sculpture" gets into high-gear via the drummer's profound Afrobeat and cowbell hits atop Hoff's thumping ostinato notes as Young's improvisational acumen comes to the forefront. Here, the guitarist leisurely tells a story by taking his time to develop a groove amid jazzy voicings and symmetrical rhythmic patterns.

On the final track "Raw Rattle," the trio is a blast furnace with a driving rock opus, where the old and the new enjoy a fruitful coexistence resulting in a heated haze of Young's zinging harmonics and psychedelics. Hence, Ryan's compositions interlink a pointer towards the glory days of rock guitar trios with an ultra- modern fabrication that yields gratifying outcomes.

Track Listing: Trees, Voices, Saturn; Possession; Sledge Tread; Visionary Fantasy; Pink Noir; Mortgage On My Soul; Slow Sculpture; Low Fell; Night Sea Journey; Raw Rattle.

Personnel: Dylan Ryan: drums; Timothy Young: guitar; Devin Hoff: bass

Title: Circa | Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Cuneiform Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Circa

Circa

Cuneiform Records
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Picture in Black and White CD/LP/Track Review
Picture in Black and White
by Victor L. Schermer
Published: October 15, 2018
Read Change In The Air CD/LP/Track Review
Change In The Air
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 15, 2018
Read I Ching CD/LP/Track Review
I Ching
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 15, 2018
Read Hidden Details CD/LP/Track Review
Hidden Details
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 15, 2018
Read We Are the Orchestra CD/LP/Track Review
We Are the Orchestra
by James Fleming
Published: October 14, 2018
Read Electric Miles CD/LP/Track Review
Electric Miles
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 14, 2018
Read "Permission" CD/LP/Track Review Permission
by Chris Mosey
Published: April 27, 2018
Read "Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need It" CD/LP/Track Review Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It If You Need...
by Doug Collette
Published: October 7, 2018
Read "Throw Tomatoes" CD/LP/Track Review Throw Tomatoes
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 26, 2018
Read "Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From The Floor" CD/LP/Track Review Loveplaydance: 8 Scenes From The Floor
by Chris May
Published: March 28, 2018
Read "Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery
by Jerome Wilson
Published: March 21, 2018
Read "#Office for the Day" CD/LP/Track Review #Office for the Day
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: December 1, 2017