New album from Daniel Rosenboom unreels with explosive imagination
(Published: November 04, 2011)
The Los Angeles that Daniel Rosenboom illustrates on his latest album, Fallen Angeles, is a ghost. They're portraits in spectral black and white, a collection of film noir images that unreel with barely contained vigor and explosive imagination.
There's a lot to absorb here, both sonically and intellectually. Rosenboom is uncompromising in his artistic vision, refusing to settle for commercial accessibility. But the payoff is there on a creative level as Rosenboom has composed a record that challenges and thrills the senses, earning a significantly longer shelf life.
The album kicks off - literally - with the stomping rhythms of "Ideology." Those who wrongly believe that jazz isn't capable of conjuring a windstorm as destructive as any rock band will be silenced by this cut alone. Rosenboom's wonderfully unruly trumpet, Sam Minaie's pulsating bass, and Gavin Templeton's soaring sax throw a party that refuses to slow down; it'll take your breath away. Rosenboom offers a respite from the muscle flexing with the title track immediately after it. A masterpiece of mood and visionary songwriting, it creeps into the subconscious. Rosenboom's cinematic playing is drenched in foggy atmospherics; the cut has a seedy, sullen feel to it that captures the ominous undertow of L.A. life.
Rosenboom never strikes a false note; there is no filler on the album. On "Confrontation," Rosenboom engages in a friendly gladiatorial bout with Templeton on his alto sax, and the sound is spectacular, especially with the breakbeat touches. Rosenboom saves the best for last with "While She Slept." There are no musical heroics here; rather, it's poetry as interpreted by Rosenboom's sweetly tuneful trumpet. Rosenboom leaps from one extreme to another, doing both with the effortless flair of someone who has mastered his craft and isn't shy to show it off.
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