Rob Brown

Round the Bend

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A New York City denizen, alto saxophonist Rob Brown leads this mighty trio through a wily set awash with powerful modern jazz grooves, free-form discourses, and much more. Here, acclaimed modern jazz acolytes bassist William Parker and drummer Warren Smith perpetuate a loosely based, polyrhythmic attack beneath Brown's soaring skyward approach. The band sustains a flexible disposition via fragmented rhythmic exercises and Brown's homogenous blend of soul-stirring choruses and verbose dialogues. They temper the flow in spots, amid the saxophonist and Parker's contrasting tonalities and cunning harmonic escapades. However, the musicians operate from within a variety of disparate angles. At times, Brown surges forward with Albert Ayler-like intensity to complement his emotive musical spirit, as the rhythm section pushes, prods, and mixes it up on several occasions. Heated soloing abounds, as this fine effort signifies an adventurous endeavor through a sequence of skewed peaks and gaping valleys. Serious musicians are at work here.

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