One never knows whether reed men Jim Ryan and Rent Romus will take matters to the next level or slam conventional jazz applications through the meat-grinder. Respectively, the artists are known for skirting the outside through the mouthpiece of various ensemble configurations, straddling the avant-garde, and an array of mechanisms that often defy categorization.
Polytonal in scope, the quintet embeds ever-so-slight modern mainstream elements into a largely zestful session, spanning free-zone type introspective outlooks with hard and fast dialogues. The aptly titled "Float & Jolt" is a multi-timbral platform that transforms music into shock therapy formulations.
Toggling between avant-minimalism via pianist Scott R. Looney's succinct voicings and Eric Marshall's edgy bowed-bass lines, the overall muse combines a quietly expandable setting that segues into maniacal crash and burn tirades by Romus and Ryan. They give new meaning to descriptors such as highs, lows, peaks and valleys. And they continue along this path for four-and-a-half minutes, where temperate improvising gives way to a full-throttled airborne assault. It's a divergent set that occasionally swerves off the jazz radar, but offers more than just a few entertaining propositions.
Personnel: Jim Ryan: alto, tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet; Rent Romus; alto, soprano, and c-melody saxophones; Scott R. Looney: piano; Eric Marshall: double bass; Timothy Orr: drums, percussion.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.