Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

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

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Circa

Circa

Cuneiform Records
2014

buy

Related Articles

Read Without You CD/LP/Track Review
Without You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Internal Combustion CD/LP/Track Review
Internal Combustion
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Chant Triptych II CD/LP/Track Review
Chant Triptych II
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Oasis CD/LP/Track Review
Oasis
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Les Oiseaux de Matisse CD/LP/Track Review
Les Oiseaux de Matisse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Drum Solos For Dancers Only CD/LP/Track Review
Drum Solos For Dancers Only
by David A. Orthmann
Published: December 18, 2018
Read "More Songs About Error And Shame" CD/LP/Track Review More Songs About Error And Shame
by Anya Wassenberg
Published: March 27, 2018
Read "Criss Cross" CD/LP/Track Review Criss Cross
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 22, 2018
Read "Smart Grid" CD/LP/Track Review Smart Grid
by Samuel Stroup
Published: September 13, 2018
Read "2" CD/LP/Track Review 2
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 19, 2017
Read "Tenderness is Silent" CD/LP/Track Review Tenderness is Silent
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 29, 2018
Read "Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)" CD/LP/Track Review Jazz for All (Jazz Forró)
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: May 15, 2018