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Rent Romus

Rent Romus is a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, music producer, and community leader hailed by Downbeat as having "...a bold sound, unmistakable sincerity and conviction". A third generation Finnish American born in the great north of Upper Michigan and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Romus' work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer jazz critic Frank Rubolino. From his very beginnings as a student of jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz he found himself drawn to the outer realms of Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, as well as Arthur Blythe, Derek Bailey and Merzbow. He runs the Lords of Outland a free jazz unit since 1994, the Life’s Blood Ensemble a contemporary original ensemble, and works with pianist Thollem McDonas in the Bloom Project, composer bandleader Heikki "Mike" Koskinen, the collective improvisation group The Ruminations and other various projects. Rent Romus has recorded music exploring improvisation and composition in a wide variety of musical settings both as a leader and sideman which have included Chico Freeman, John Tchicai, Vinny Golia, Thollem McDonas, Heikki "Mike" Koskinen, Stefan Pasborg, James Zitro, Kash Killion, and Jon Bridsong to name a few. He is the founder of Edgetone Records with over 30 years of independent music production, and performance experience as well as the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Outsound Presents under which curates the bi-weekly music series known as SIMM at the Musicians Union Hall, the weekly Luggage Store Gallery Creative Music Series, as well as annual Outsound New Music Summit, the Bay Area's creative music festival held every summer in San Francisco.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rent Romus' Lords of Outland: 25 years under the mountain

Read "25 years under the mountain" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This Northern California powerhouse unit led by multi-woodwind ace Rent Romus commemorates 25-years in the business with a hard-hitting acoustic-electric jaunt featuring the core rhythm section and new addition, guitarist and violaist, Alex Cohen. Over the years, the collective has enjoyed a refreshing progression of shifting personnel. However, this album is grounded in avant-garde jazz fusion ...

25 years under the mountain

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Grown out of Stone; Like Tears in Ice; Ape of God; A Glass Darky; Revenge of Trees; Systemic Fault; Dark Wind; Under the Mountain; Call from the Deep; Homeward Bound.

Rogue Star

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prelude to Departure; Space is Expanding; Rogue Star; Think!; Cassini; Past the Vale; Emotism; Kylä vuotti uutta kuuta (The village waited for the new moon); Slipstream.

Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Presencing; Skyboat Gliding; Hammer Forge; Shell Games; The Restless Seldom Get Weary; Simo- casting; Within the Time; The Dream Imagined; Margus Fargus.

Rising Colossus

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Prelude to Departure; Space is Expanding; Rogue Star; Think!; Cassini; Past the Vale; Emotism; Kylä vuotti uutta kuuta (The village waited for the new moon); Slipstream.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rent Romus' Life's Blood Ensemble: Rogue Star

Read "Rogue Star" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Experimental San Francisco Bay Area record label Edgetone Records states, this band “reflects the influences which make up their collective interest in storytelling, exploring expanded borders, and discovery." No doubt, this red hot ensemble doesn't stay content following a one-dimensional musical path, as they branch out on a recurring basis via these fluid and manifold works. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Rent Romus: Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1

Read "Deciduous/Midwestern Edition Vol. 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This West Coast USA experimental record label always spreads its wings. Part of the fun is anticipating what comes next. Here, label head and distinguished multi-reedman Rent Romus and musical associates pay homage to the avant-garde jazz spirit of the Midwest, citing the birthplace for AACM and innovators such as Albert Ayler, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and ...

The Expedition

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Dark Water 06:55; 2. Ninianne 01:42; 3. Stained Deep with Life's Blue 07:06; 4. Unrelenting Attraction 07:05; 5. Inanna 02:04; 6. Here to Go 08:04; 7. The Jewel is Only Obvious 06:16

Deciduous / Midwestern Edition Vol. 1

Label: Edgetone Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Presencing 03:58; 2. Skyboat Gliding 14:00; 3. Hammer Forge 06:34; 4. Shell Games 14:43; 5. The Restless Seldom Get Weary 10:16; 6. Simo-casting 11:45; 7. Within the Time 03:53; 8. The Dream Imagined 03:47; 9. Margus Fargus 08:08; 10. Roadside Attraction (bonus) 13:02


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