"RisE of Orion" (Greenleaf Music) is his second album as a leader; his debut, "303", featured his sextet plus second bassist Mimi Jones (his sister-in-law). "...Orion" is a trio date recorded on Leap Day 2016 with Jon Irabagon (tenor and soprano saxophones) and Yasushi Nakamura (bass). The 13-song program (5 tracks are under two minutes, all but one fading in and out) covers plenty of territory. The title track opens the album and might remind some of Sonny Rollins's "Freedom Suite", especially the more fiery sections. The performance has such great forward motion, pulling the listener into its flow.
The albums closes on "Belt", 57 seconds of improvisational fire that's not so much an afterthought as it is a reminder of how much fun the the trio is having, setting the stage for a follow-up. The Rudy Royston Trio makes music that is playful, powerful, soulful, and great listening. Add "RisE of Orion" to your collection and then go see the Trio live. It just might change your life.
For more information and the drummer, go to www.rudyroyston.com.
Here's the title track:
And a list of upcoming live gigs:
12.8-9 Denver, CO | Dazzle Jazz |
12.10 Santa Fe, NM | Gig Performance Space |
12.15 Tucson, AZ | Pastiche
12.13 Ann Arbor, MI | Kerrytown Concert House |
12.14 Akron, OH | Blu Jazz |
12.15 Chicago, IL | Constellation |
12.16 Old Lyme, CT | The Side Door |
12.17 New York, NY | The Cell
Since this post goes live on Thanksgiving Day, I wish you all a wonderful day and a Great Holoday Season. May peace be with you wherever you may be or plan to go.