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    Romus, Rent/Lords of Outland – “Thee Unhip” – [Edgetone Records]


    On the flip side of growing pains, you’ve got
    plain old pains growing. Rent lances them with
    blazing sax, and on this release the crisp use
    of electronics sets things in stark relief. But
    still the dislocation of listeners seems to tickle,
    taunt or torture Rent and his trumpette/partner in
    music and more CJ Borosque.?? Well, I surely hope
    they soldier on, this is a beautiful recording, the
    dark sweetening of noise on nearly every track is
    sure to stick to the earbuds of KFJC DJ’s. The
    opener “If Ornette Grew Cacti” is a heart-racer
    where Rent and bassist Ray Schaeffer chase drummer
    Philip Everett down a hill. “Temple of Dolphy”
    builds a re-bebop bridge.?? If you like electric bass,
    all throaty and scrappy, that track is for you.
    All other songs feature some sort of wire fritz
    trickery. The most prominent an extreme being the
    blizzard that is “Spaceway Transport.” Stellar unions
    include “Sledge of the Hedge”, where it feels like
    contact triggers are launched on drum strikes, but it
    ends up with a smoldering finish over static sparks.
    Rent drops his double-reed steps into the “Tropic of
    Quasimodo” which finds a flavor of funk and strut while
    CJ drips ripples of electronics over the top. Frequently
    the noise is used in that fashion to color the space of
    a track, but the closer features bursts channeled more
    like a solo, and Rent responds with a beautiful sax
    solo ending around 5:42, the track pushes on after that
    in a kind of Sun Ra/Krautrock coda complete with an
    outer space answering machine.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 11, 2012 at 11:55 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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