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Romero

by Robert Sabin

Gothic Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Introduction No More Room in Hell...
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2. Zombi (L'Alba Dei Morti Viventi)
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3. ZWKDD
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4. God Left The Phone Off The Hook
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5. Dog Shot
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6. Is there food?
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7. Monkey Farm
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8. Flowers in the Graveyard
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9. Helicopters
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This recording represents a year of watching and re-watching exclusively the films of George A. Romero.

Having been familiar with most of his work from an early age (a local video store let me rent Creepshow when I was 9), I became re-obsessed with Romero’s work in 2005 when I discovered the director’s commentary track to Day of the Dead. The insights provided by Mr. Romero and Mr. Savini illuminated central characteristics of Mr. Romero’s work; the appetite necessary when undertaking of a piece of art, the joy of independent creativity, the ability to be central to a project while allowing for other individuals to fill in essential elements of it’s structure, flying without a net, and the fearless spirit and joy in this process. These seemed as important in the end as the work itself.

This fundamental focus on process drew an immediate parallel to personal musical influences, whose process was often as essential and provocative as the music itself.

Furthermore, the beauty and depth of Mr. Romero’s work in his Living Dead films were the direct inspiration for this music. In Romero’s world, zombie’s are not the main characters in the films, but the backdrop for the true horror of his stories; Man’s inability to work with one another despite an apocalyptic crisis, and the ugliness of the human condition in the face of his own demise. The terror is the transformation displayed of the few moral characters in the films, the ones that still display the dimming light of humanity’s promise in the midst of a ravenous community of jackals. Indeed, by the later films the undead we’re becoming recognizable as more human than their non flesh-eating counterparts.

The visceral elements of the genre, the profanity and virtuosic goregasms supplied by Tom Savini were but the relief and the respite for the viewer of these tales. Stories where destructive impulses, ignorance, and mistrust are manifested in the slow ever-present ghouls, and even more so in the evils of those not yet devoured. The undead do not need to run in this place where even helicopters cannot fly you far enough away to a to find a happy ending.

The band:

Robert Sabin bass
Mark Stanley guitar
Brian Griffin drums
Russ Johnson trumpet
Jason Rigby tenor and soprano saxophones

Produced by Robert Sabin


Recorded October 15th, 2006 at Mountain Rest Studio, New Paltz New York
Engineered and recorded by Jay Anderson
Mixed by Jay Anderson

Additional Mixing and Mastering by Mark Stanley


Compositions by Robert Sabin Ranula Music (ASCAP) except “Zombi” composed by Goblin for the film Dawn of the Dead Obo Bixio Music Group, BMG Songs Inc.


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Victor Rikowski

love it
this makes a great change from traditional jazz but without straying too far from the genre. its a rare thing when jazz makes you imagine visions of gritty and dark houses, graphite in back alleys, freaky vampires and broken glass whilst sustaining intelligent composition and craftsmanship. love it.

Trevin Russell

Great Album
I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a jazz fusion album with a unique composition style. While "Romero" does have its creepy free-form songs like "Dog Shot" and "Zombi", it mostly contains mellow tracks like "Helicopters". It even has a psychedelic rock song with "Monkey Farm" where Mark Stanley's guitar playing sounds like Hendrix. Overall, it is a great album which I would recommend to people who aren't even fans of jazz.

Radioindy.com (Xavier P.)

Innovative jazz CD
“Romero” by Robert Sabin puts a unique spin on what we know as jazz. Innovative compositions are brought to life by Robert’s skilled musicianship. These free-flowing structures vary widely in mood, from very dark and somber to mysterious. “Helicopters” and “ZWKDD” both exhibit great brass arrangements, and assume a form closest to traditional jazz. “Dog Shot” radiates a very thick theatrical atmosphere of dread and mystery. Moreover, “Monkey Farm” takes on a nice rock edge with its lead electric guitar melodies. All in all, “Romero” is an outstanding instrumental jazz collection finished with brilliant production! Fans of jazz will be both intrigued and amazed by this collection!