Charles Rumback, “In The New Year” (2015): Something Else! exclusive stream

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Trumpet great Ron Miles calls Charles Rumback “one of the most musical drummers on the scene right now,” a point made convincingly on the title cut from Rumback’s upcoming album In The New Year. We’re debuting his alluring song above, performed by a new quintet he’s leading full of Chicago’s best up-and-coming players from the town’s vibrant progressive jazz community.

With his brushes, Charles Rumback pushes along this gentle rhapsody with such finesse you don’t even notice he’s the one guy playing free. In the meantime, Jason Stein’s bass clarinet colors the melody in darker shade while alto saxophonist Caroline Davis offers a lighter shade and they blend their brands in a perfect partnership as this performance rises to its chorus.

With quiet comportment, Jeff Parker (guitar) and John Tate (bass) ground Rumback’s melancholy strain and set the stage for everyone else’s pared-down passion. And in less than three minutes, the song subsides without fanfare.

Look for Charles Rumback’s In The New Year disc (ears&eyes Records) to go on sale December 4th, 2015 with pre-orders commencing on November 6.

Visit Charles Rumback’s website for more details.

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
S. Victor Aaron
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