Amazingly accessible avant-garde jazz Yimba Rudo – YIMBA RUDO: Kevin Norton’s vibraphone & percussion, Jim Pugilese’s drums & percussion and Steve LaSpina’s bass all work together to provide you fresh and an amazingly accessible avant-garde jazz session that you will will revisit often.
I didn’t see any live-action videos, but if you SUBSCRIBE to their YouTube channel, all the songs for the album are there… I would like to see their performances captured live; maybe for the next release?
My ears were immediately attracted to the cymbal work on the 6:33 “Moonstruck“, and have no doubt yours will be, too… what really stands out with the group’s playing is their ability to keep the pace going through the entire track – but without boring you to tears… truly one of the best songs I’ve listened to (yet) in 2019!
Somewhat shorter pieces like “Sacrifice Zone” (a Norton original), just NEED to be listened to (at least for the first round) with headphones… there is no “hurried” pace, and this (most assuredly) falls in the “mellow zone“.
Steve’s original, “Tearing Down Walls“, isn’t the frenetically-paced juggernaut you might expect from the title, but it’s definitely a piece that will garner MANY spins on jazz stations around the globe!
Of the thirteen splendid sonic adventures offered up, I found the 5:23 opener, “Reconcile the Classical View“, to be my favorite… flawlessly recorded, with intricate interplay, it is (without question) one of the most unique creations you’ll listen to this year.
I give Yimba Rudo a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this adventuresome release…. get more information on Kevin’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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