48

Rick Drumm and Fatty Necroses: Return From the Unknown

Ian Patterson By

Sign in to view read count
Rick Drumm and Fatty Necroses: Return From the Unknown Music has figured large throughout drum industry veteran Rick Drumm's life. From drumming in a 60-piece Youth Band as a teenager to the US Air Force Band, and through various circus bands—including over 1000 performances across the USA in the Barnum and Bailey Circus—to President of world-renowned string manufacturers D'Addario & Company, it's been quite a ride. In 2009, Drumm was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and had to undergo chemotherapy. Drumm's friends got together to play a house gig to raise his spirits, but things developed a momentum, as it seems they do in Drumm's world, and the result is this rather excellent slice of guitar-centric jazz.

Inspired by '70s jazz-fusion/jazz-rock and funk, the music is retro in places, but there's no escaping the sheer energy, the compositional strength and the first rate musicianship which make this one of the most appealing jazz-fusion CDs of the year. Guitarists Fred Hamilton and Corey Christiansen wrote the music and fully exploit the possibilities of the octet with astute arrangements; the pair also plays up a storm. The episodic "Fatty Necrosis Sings the Blues" has a hint of trumpeter Miles Davis circa late '60s, with its insistent rhythmic pulse and Cuban keyboardist Axel Tosca Laugart's dreamy electric piano underpinning everything. Trombonist Mike Brumbaugh and trumpeter Pete Grimaldi state the main melody in singing unison, a role they fulfill to great effect throughout the recording.

The leader's sotto voce rumbling drums lie at the core of the ruminative "Gentle Spirit," a delicate tone poem that features lazy trombone and finishes unexpectedly with drums alone. "Indi Funk" possesses the same drive-cum-melodic DNA as guitarist Jimmy Herring's writing and is over all too soon. Bassist John Benitez' brief but deeply lyrical intro sets the tone for the aching, slow-burning blues of "Not Whatever." Frank Catalano's emotionally loaded tenor phrasing in turn paves the way for Christiansen's epic guitar solo, which crowns the piece. By contrast, "Detours" hits its stride early, and features incendiary solos from Hamilton, Catalano and, especially, Christiansen.

Guitar and bass cut a James Brown strut on "Pulled Pork Sandwich," an instantly appealing, fiercely grooving number which also owes a debt to The Meters. Drumm's infectious New Orleans rhythms are kindling to Garibaldi, Catalano and Benitez, who are all particularly inspired on this joyful group workout. There are plenty of teeth, too, in the playing on "Just a Drop," with Laugart giving his liveliest intervention of the set on piano, and another blistering solo from the impressive Christiansen. Joe Zawinul's "In A Silent Way" might have provided the blueprint for the minor epic "Out the Door," with its unerring rhythmic pulse, Hamilton's John McLaughlin-esque lines, and muted trumpet; there is, however, more muscle in Drumm's ensemble, typified by Catalano's ripping tenor lines.

Empathetically buoyed by Drumm, Catalano's searing, heartfelt cry on the poignant "Return" puts a fittingly emotional seal on a consistently absorbing set. It would be a shame if this were to be a one-off adventure, as there is chemistry at play here which suggests there are even greater things to come.

25% of the profits from this recording will go to Strike a Chord , a non-profit organization which uses music to help seriously ill and disadvantaged children.


Track Listing: Fatty Necrosis Sings the Blues; Gentle Spirit; Indi Funk; Not Whatever; Detours; Pulled Pork Sandwich; Out the Door; Just a Drop; Return.

Personnel: Rick Drumm: drums; Fred Hamilton: guitar; Corey Christiansen: guitar; Mike Brumbaugh: trombone; Frank Catalano: tenor saxophone; Axel Tosca Laugart: electric piano, piano; Pete Grimaldi: trumpet; John Benitez: bass.

Year Released: 2012 | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Still Happy" CD/LP/Track Review Still Happy
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute" CD/LP/Track Review Legacy: A Coltrane Tribute
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 13, 2016
Read "Cinema Spiral" CD/LP/Track Review Cinema Spiral
by Troy Collins
Published: October 22, 2016
Read "Otterville" CD/LP/Track Review Otterville
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 11, 2016
Read "When You Wish Upon a Star" CD/LP/Track Review When You Wish Upon a Star
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: March 3, 2016

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!