260

David Aaron's Short Memory: Cynical Rat Bastard

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
David Aaron's Short Memory: Cynical Rat Bastard With a title like this, you might not know what to expect. But the music for the most part is jazz, with equal amounts of modernism and mood. A Toronto native and New York resident, saxophonist David Aaron has a firm handle on what he calls "aural voyeurism." His recording takes on a seductive and cinematic feel which isn't cliché, thanks to robust performances by each member of his quartet—players who know the languages of mainstream and experimentalism.

Things start off with a nice drum intro on "Landshark, which segues into the eclectic swing of "For Ever Green, with memorable guitar and bass solos that are just outside the typical mainstream fare. The first thing that grabs you is Aaron's brawny tenor, illuminated not by breakneck soloing but by elongated notes and deep phrases—like the repeating riff on the title selection, which could easily be part of a film score.

The group delves into an interesting Indian modality on "Schnerdle, but much of the music continues in the vein of abstract film noir. The tongue-in-cheek antics of "Soy Sauce Chicken on Rice are simply sophomoric, especially the band's bantering vocals, but things improve on "Corn Dog Hamper and the mellow closing "Sydney. Cynical Rat Bastard also includes a hidden track where Aaron's tenor sings with pronounced inflection and warmth.


Track Listing: Landshark; For Ever Green; Cynical Rat Bastard; Schnerdle; Nobbylocks; Ila's Furnace; Sophia's Diary; City Eyes; Soy Sauce Chicken On Rice; When I'm Alone, Chicks Go Wild; Dutch Courage; Corn Dog Hamper; Sydney.

Personnel: David Aaron: tenor saxophone; Rob Ritchie: guitar; Greg Ritchie: drums; Matt Wigton: bass.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "WANDERlust" CD/LP/Track Review WANDERlust
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "The Eighth Hour Of Amduat" CD/LP/Track Review The Eighth Hour Of Amduat
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 9, 2017
Read "Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom)" CD/LP/Track Review Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom)
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 25, 2016
Read "A Zoology of the Future" CD/LP/Track Review A Zoology of the Future
by John Sharpe
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "Need to Bring Out Love" CD/LP/Track Review Need to Bring Out Love
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Penumbra" CD/LP/Track Review Penumbra
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 10, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!