Here, modern jazz saxophonist Rob Wagner aligns with a killer rhythm section for a set recorded in December of 2005 at the French Quarter's thoroughly hip Café' Brasil. And while many musicians have scurried about trying to make an earnest living outside the Crescent City, drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Nobu Ozaki trekked to New Orleans six months after Katrina caught everyone off-guard. In effect, Wagner and elder t Kidd Jordan have signified the Crescent City's modernist movement. Wagner delves into variable modal exercises amid mood-evoking passages and animated lyricism. On many of these works, the trio's groove-laden jaunts are designed upon bustling pulses and periods of introspection. Wagner is apt to soar skyward via fiery outbursts, where the rhythm section readily ventures into a certain groove or motif.
Rob Wagner is truly excellent and this album is highly recommended. Listen to : Desoparia Shock, Awe, Sham, Shame Freedumb (Aren't You Glad You Can Vote In America). Rob is one of a number of talented, creative players in New Orleans who don't get the recognition they deserve since they don't meet the expectations of what a New Orleans musician should be or should play now that New Orleans music has become a (minor) market category. Part of my goal in starting a label was to expose their talents and to give them more space within which to operate. Congratulations for your efforts!
Rob Wagner soprano and tenor sax, clarinet Hamid Drake drum kit and frame drum Nobu Ozaki bass. t Rob Wagner has lived in New Orleans for 15 years, performing and recording in varying styles, from funk to klezmer to the modal/free jazz he presents here. He’s joined by bassist Nobu Ozaki and drummer Hamid Drake. Wagner seems to take an overly deferent attitude regarding Drake, who seems to get a first-among-equals treatment, both in the mix and the music’s construction
Zoot Suite (1973, 2007, Highnote) '3007.
Audio CD, June 19, 2007.
Rob Wagner was a magazine writer, screenwriter, director and artist before founding the liberal magazine that focused its coverage on the film industry and California and national politics. Its leftist leanings attracted many of the best artists and writers during the Depression.
CreditsRob Wagner - Primary Artist
|3||Where Is Home||Rob Wagner||10:54|
|4||Shock, Awe, Sham, Shame||Rob Wagner||7:42|
|5||Childhood Memory||Rob Wagner||7:10|
|6||La Madrugada||Rob Wagner||7:00|