Rent Romus – alto & sop. saxophones | Jason “Jay O” Olaine – trumpet | Vytas “Brock Lee” Nagisetty – bass | Andrew Borger -drums
Executive Producer: The Cat Man Produced by: The Lords of Outland Marketing and sales by Jazzheads Inc. Recorded live using natural sound effects at Blondies Jazz Bar San Francisco, Ca 2/9/95. Remote Chief Engineer: Cal Cramer. Mastered at Cal Cramer Productions P.O. Box 291, Boulder Creek, Ca 95006 408-338-0704. Manufactured by Olde West, San Francisco. Photos: James Radke. Cover art design: Vincent Rezini. ©BGert’Rude Records, 1995. All songs ©Rent Romus.
Tracklist: 1. Muddled Fruit (romus) [9:16] 2. A call for all demons (sun ra) [13:54] 3. Blade (romus) [10:24] 4. As I See (romus) [6:13] 5. Lonely man with cat (romus) [10:45] 6. If Ornette grew cacti (romus) [8:57] 7. What’s your Archetype? (romus) [8:41]
This raw, gut level, on the edge recording
places the listener smack dab in the middle of Blondie’s Jazz Bar in San Francisco on a cold night in February 1995. YOU’LL NEVER BE THE SAME is a musical journey combining a prima sense of groove and improvisation with Romus’ “X” generation angst. This seven-cut release pushes the envelope with Romus’ original compositions, which follows a gut level groove, and then builds upon that structure with free form improvisation. The music takes the attitude of the grunge music movement, and incorporates it into an acoustic, improvised setting. Through this concept of strange bedfellows the music appeals to the hard core jazz fan as well as the alternative music fan.
In 1993 Rent Romus was tired. Tired of being Mr.” New Age” of the neo traditional jazz rat race created by certain individuals trying to find the so-called root of jazz. The root of jazz, in the mine of Rent, is the legacy of constant change. This phenomenon is as clear as the fact that we all die OR, just look at the lives of Parker, Miles, Mingus, Monk, Ellington, Ornette, Dolphy, and Ayler AND SO……….. Here are the LORDS OF OUTLAND. A group of four guys named “Moe” moving on to another chapter in alternative improvised music based on the inspiratior of those who came before.
A little story
Once upon a time in a land almost forgotten there was a man searching for enlightenment. He traveled long and far. One fine day he came upon an old peasant walking slowly carrying a large pack on his back. The man stopped the old peasant and asked, “Excuse me sir, do you know whai enlightenment is?” The old peasant looked up at him with a tired glazed look, dropped his pack looked up, and stretched with an over sized smile on his face. Then he picked up the pack and slowly walked away.
1. Take one part media hyped generation “X” grunge concept.
2. Shave briskly with a sharp knive.
3. Slam into an improvised jazz setting.
4. Shake, stir, whip, beat, yell at, and mix until frothy.
5. Bake in a dark stinky little club until crisp. Serves as many as you can handle.
One dimensional gut, multidimensional groove.
Evil In A Good Way
This is a crazy record, and one that listeners with open ears toward the music of Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk (among others) should enjoy…highly emotional music. – Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
Romus’ quartet recorded live in San Francisco plays like an aggressive version of the Ornette tribute band Old And New Dreams. When so few are making strong statements in music today, You’ll Never Be The Same! Shouts. – Mark Corroto – SOS Jazz
The expansive arrangements of their largely modal and groove-oriented compositions provide Romus with plenty of room to strut his swaggering dynamic and fat vibrato. – Sam Prestianni, BAM Magazine -R.I.P.
Romus’ solos served to liberate the music from the group’s comfort range… Particularly noteworthy in Romus’ playing is his apparent sense of the tradition of jazz. – Robin L. Hammer
Romus sports a broad tone and a record collector’s wit.” – David Strauss, San Francisco Weekly
is a force spanning over twenty years of D.I.Y. music production, performance, and curation. He is heavily involved in stretching past the confines of standard music forms performing his original compositions and improvisations in a wide variety of musical settings. He is also focused in presenting and supporting the local experimental and avant-garde community at large with his grass-root philanthropic vision for total artistic self expression and freedom from generic branding. From his very beginnings as a student of Jazz while being exposed to the twilight tutelage of Stan Getz and the young vibrant jazz theory of Bruce Foreman he found himself drawn to the outer realms of music. In 1986 he founded the progressive jazz sextet Jazz On the Line that served as a vehicle for his original compositions until 1994. Romus produced his first album Dark Wind in 1988 (which also served as the first album for then thirteen year old drummer Steve Rossi), and his second recording entitled no boundaries in 1990. In 1992 he recorded and produced In the Moment, reissued in 2008 as Thundershine with Chico Freeman.
In 1995 he formed the collective entity The Lords of Outland with whom two years later he recorded Adapt…or DIE! with The Lords, which featured tenor sax master John Tchicai a contemporary of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. During the mid to late nineties the Lords featured James Zitro, Kash Killion, Andrew Borger, Jason Olaine, Jon Birdsong, Dave Mihaly, Bill Noertker, and Toyoji Tomita to name a few.
In 1995 and 96 Romus self-produced two overseas tours of Denmark which featured some Rent Romus photo by Peter B Kaarsof Copenhagen’s young improvisers pianist Jonas Müller , and drummer Stefan Pasborg who now enjoys world wide recognition as one of the top young jazz drummers of Europe. In 1999 Romus released Blood Motions with Pasborg and bassist Jonas Westergaard. In 2001 Romus released four CDs; Avatar In the Field, PKD Vortex, The Metal Quan Yin, and Guinea Pig Live at the Hotel Utah that reflected his love for interweaving science fiction, horror literature, improvisation, Finno-Ugric traditions, socio-political themes, and the inspiration of Albert Ayler in his music.
In 2003 he along side guitarist Ernesto Diaz-Infante created The Abstractions, who released three recordings during their time together that included an all star cast of experimental musicians and singers from California including Jesse Quattro, Scott R Looney, Bob Marsh, and Philip Everett.
In 2005 he continued his free improvisational experimentation with the creation of Bloom Project with perpetual touring master pianist Thollem Mcdonas releasing the self titled Bloom in 2006, Prismatic Season in 2007 and Sudden Aurora in 2009. In addition to his ongoing adventures with Bloom Project his group The Lords of Outland found a new sonic base mixing harsh noise and jazz improvisation releasing Culture of Pain in 2006 and most recently in 2008; You can sleep when you’re dead! The core group consists of drummer Philip Everett, bassist Ray Schaeffer, and noise pedal artist C.J Borosque.
As a producer and artist business activist Rent Romus founded Edgetone Records a label for all forms of music improvisation and experimentation in 1991. During his early years from 1988 – 1998 as a concert producer he was appointed Executive Director of Jazz in Flight in 1996. From 2002-04 he was the Director of Promotion for the SFAlt Festival, and at the turn of the new century in 2000 he founded Outsound Presents under which he is the Executive Director and a curator of The SIMM Music Series at the Musicians Union Hall as well as the long standing Luggage Store Gallery New Music Series both in San Francisco. In 2002 he started The Outsound New Music Summit (formerly the edgetone new music summit), a national experimental music festival held in the greater San Francisco Bay Area every summer now produced under the Outsound Presents banner which continues at the present.
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