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A glancing blow from Kristo Rodzevski's trilogy-concluding The Rabbit and the Fallen Sycamore will bring to mind a Matthew Sweet on mushrooms crossed with Morrissey in a good, if silly, mood. Preceded by Batania (Self Produced, 2015) and Bitter Almonds (Self Produced, 2017), The Rabbit completes Rodzevski's evolution into a musician capable of drawing consonance out of dissonance and aural order out of seeming chaos.
Because this is what Rodzevski specializes in: pop songs composed retrograde, populated with ill-behaved chords strummed garage-style behind abstract lyrics...and that is just the opener, "Polyester Suit." "Out of Key" redefines punk-blues with a Weimar Berlin edge with hints of R.E.M. and Nirvana. Rodzevski accomplishes this sound by stirring in jazz elements provided by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, trombonist Brian Drye, and guitarist Mary Halvorson. "The gray area between nostalgia and expectation" pretty well describes the environment of the songs contained on The Rabbit, coming full circle as Rodzevski completes his impressive trilogy.
Track Listing: Polyester Suit; Bucharest, 1913; Your Name; Madadayo; Octopus;
Meet Me Online; Out of Key; Wire; Varanasi; The Rabbit and the
Personnel: Kristo Rodzevski: vocals, guitar; Mary Halvorson: guitar; Kris David:
piano; Ingrid Laubrock; tenor saxophone; Brian Drye: trombone;
Michael Blanco: bass; Tomas Fujiwara: drums.
I love jazz because of its ability to evoke such tremendous emotion... primarily joy!
I was first exposed to jazz by my grandparents.
The first jazz record I bought was Jim Beard's Song of the Sun or maybe Steely Dan's Aja.
My advice to new listeners: remain varied in your listening habits, and of course keep listening, keep listening, keep listening!
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