Album Review

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

Thee Opinataur   9/11/2012   CD, Jazz

Commemorating the Lords of Outland’s 15 years together, a careful selection of 10 live recordings from 1994-2008 were assembled, most of them previously unreleased featuring John Tchicai, Kash Killion, James Zitro and many more. ??In addition a full length studio recording from 2009 consisting of the current crop of every changing musicians, with Rent Romus being the only constant over the years. Disc one is a fascinating chronological timeline to listen as original jazz morphs and contorts into improvisational noise. From sentimental to free jazz metal infusing multiple genres of music with the help of electronics. Constant rhythmic changes with occasional bars of melodica.Disc 2 is his current stock of improvisers CJ Borosque – no input petals, trumpet-Ray Schaeffer-6 string elec. bass-Philip Everett-drums, Autoharp, electronics. Romus is front and center most of the way on alto, soprano, c-melody sax, however each gets his/her turn to shine in own way. However what really carries this album is the Analog FX boxes of CJ Borosque. The no input design is a creation of sonic feedback & feedback sounds controlling the electrical signal with her gear. She is a unique artist as well as an accomplished “noisician”.

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