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 love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.