210

Robert Sabin: Romero

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Robert Sabin: Romero New York bassist Robert Sabin's Romero continues to deliver music that jolts the ears and psyche, as first heard on the 2005 recording Killdozer . This time around the music draws inspiration from none other than horror film director George A. Romero, whose cult classics include Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978).

Nothing is quite like a jazz musician playing outside of the mainstream music (e.g. Miles Davis' later years). Sabin and the band (now with the addition of trumpeter Russ Johnson) are even tighter, bringing more idiosyncratic ideas replete with power rock, free jazz and some definite unpredictability—showing that there's more to these zombies than meets the eye.

Included in the tracks are dialog samples from some of Romero's classic horror movies introduced in "'No More Room In Hell, that segues into the rock-anthemic "Zombi (L'Alba Dei Morti Viventi), complete with muted trumpet, distorted guitar, and Jason Rigby's fleshy warm-toned sax sharing the spooky melody. But things quickly shift on "ZWKDD4", as Sabin's bass line pounds a groove outlined with spicy horn arrangements and a wicked serrated-edged guitar solo by Mark Stanley.

One thing's for certain: these guys are jazz musicians, playing music you won't hear from ordinary punk bands. Complexity and ingenuity are found in the light abstract of "God Left The Phone Off The Hook, the cinematically dark "Dog Shot, and the modality of "Helicopters, with a nice swinging drum solo by Brian Griffin.

Sabin and his crew deliver another memorable recording and, just like Romero's walking dead, they keep on coming. But if the recordings are like Romero, then let them.

Track Listing: Introduction (No More Room in Hell...); Zombi (L'Alba Dei Morti Viventi); ZWKDD4; God Left The Phone Off The Hook; Dog Shot; Is there food?; Monkey Farm; Flowers in the Graveyard; Helicopters.

Personnel: Robert Sabin: bass; Jason Rigby: saxophones; Mark Stanley: guitar; Brian Griffin: drums; Russ Johnson: trumpet.

Title: Romero | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Ranula Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Day After Day CD/LP/Track Review Day After Day
by John Eyles
Published: July 21, 2017
Read We Know Not What We Do CD/LP/Track Review We Know Not What We Do
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Slade Alive! CD/LP/Track Review Slade Alive!
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 21, 2017
Read Hope CD/LP/Track Review Hope
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 21, 2017
Read The Better Angels of Our Nature CD/LP/Track Review The Better Angels of Our Nature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 20, 2017
Read What Brought You Here? CD/LP/Track Review What Brought You Here?
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 20, 2017
Read "Argonautica" CD/LP/Track Review Argonautica
by Troy Collins
Published: November 14, 2016
Read "Z Octet" CD/LP/Track Review Z Octet
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Budd Kopman
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Invisible Hand" CD/LP/Track Review Invisible Hand
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 12, 2017
Read "Rise Of Orion" CD/LP/Track Review Rise Of Orion
by Karl Ackermann
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 17, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!