Jay Rosen |
The set begins with a triumphant drum fanfare, melodic and rhythmic material bouncing from drum to drum. The sections remain dynamic and highly charged rhythmically through the early material. Around "Part 5", tempos slow and that track is pushed forward by a slow drag beat. It would be fool hearty to read too much into this material but Rosen gives us a clue regarding "Part 6", a meditation on the last days of his father's life. It's all ominous, low rumbling drums, clicking hi-hat, cymbal washes and the sound of Rosen blowing through two organ pipes.
All elements are played off each other and are united by Rosen's mastery of polyrhythms. It's an erie yet effective piece of music. Rosen is among the subtlest of drummers and this disc has a wide dynamic range. One feels Rosen is painting his father's canvas of life using all effective means at his disposal