311

David Aaron's Short Memory: Cynical Rat Bastard

By

Sign in to view read count
There seems to be some external literary programme to this set, but ignoring everything but the music, I can only say this: what a very good and individual tenor saxophonist! David Aaron's done a wide variety of things, so I read. All I know is this one CD, and that's enough for the present context. I'm almost lulled into silence by satisfaction, beginning with a minute or so of a warm-up.

Aaron stays longer with the second track, unfolding enough of it to satisfy. Nephew of Sonny Rollins, nephew of Jim Hall, bass and drums? Seems like a fair comparison, since nephews don't as a rule replicate uncles, and sometimes they pick up on what the uncle didn't. A whole new range of contemporary references, no abandonment of duties...

"Schnerdle" edges into Klezmatics territory, with drumming of an ancient New Orleans sort and Jewish guitar. For a moment I thought "Nobbylocks" was opening with bowed bass, but the sound was soon revealed to be that of Aaron's unaccompanied tenor, whose normal post-Charlie Rouse buzz resumed soon enough, in a minute-long delicate duet with guitar. The following track has bass and drums in something like a meditative Mingus theme, Matt Wigton's strong bass carrying the still introverted tenor work from "Ila's Furnace" into "Sophia's Diary."

After the less than half-minute long "City Eyes"—nice these brief interludes, relaxed, like on a gig—there's some singing of the title of "Soy Sauce Chicken on Rice" by (the sleeve tells me) all but Aaron. Then come vocal interjections telling the chef to get some of the stuff ready, and a bit of singalong also after a Mingus fashion: as on Mingus's "Eat that Chicken." Perhaps this is one of those performances which explain what happened before the famous one. ("Order that chicken!")

"When I'm Alone, Chicks Go Wild!" is splendidly good-humoured and perfectly serious jazz. On this whole set Aaron's a tenorist more after the fashion of (very approximately) Booker Ervin than the Coltrane clone some always expect (ask the venerable critic Ira Gitler!). "When I'm Alone" lets Rob Ritchie show his guitar mettle in a straight-up solo, just as he does with manifestations of colour in accompaniment throughout.

On the listed closer, "Sydney," Aaron plays in a respectable ballad style which the guitarist at the very least emulates. Then there's about one minute's silence, followed by a theme statement in wonderful lower register tenor with just bass and drums, the tenor is back, but more in the alto register. Lovely blues playing, before the lower register theme statement again.

Fashionable? So what! The music is good nevertheless.


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, vocals; Greg Ritchie: drums, vocals; Matt Wigton: bass, vocals.

Title: Cynical Rat Bastard | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read The Princess CD/LP/Track Review The Princess
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Latin Lover CD/LP/Track Review Latin Lover
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Reclamation CD/LP/Track Review Reclamation
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Provenance CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960" CD/LP/Track Review Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 29, 2017
Read "Kalamazoo" CD/LP/Track Review Kalamazoo
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 2, 2017
Read "Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton" CD/LP/Track Review Clockwise / The Music of Cedar Walton
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 11, 2017
Read "Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn" CD/LP/Track Review Satin Doll – A Tribute to Billy Strayhorn
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 23, 2017
Read "True Love Collection" CD/LP/Track Review True Love Collection
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Find the Way" CD/LP/Track Review Find the Way
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 26, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor