In the summer of 2010, composer and creative trumpet artist Daniel Rosenboom conceived a suite of music for progressive jazz septet, exploring the nature of self-discovery through introspection. Enlisting the expertise of some of Los Angeles’s most innovative musicians, Rosenboom created the Daniel Rosenboom Septet to record ‘Fallen Angeles’ in June of 2010.
The album opens with ‘Ideology,’ an exploration of the absurdity of rigid ideals. Through manic breakbeats, free-wheeling improvisation, quick transitions, numerology and stylistic caricature, ‘Ideology’ shakes the ears to attention with vigor and humor! Next, the album’s title track ‘Fallen Angeles’ is a brooding reflection on the underbelly of Rosenboom’s home city, Los Angeles. Using serialist techniques, he builds tension and texture and employs the bass clarinet wizardry of Brian Walsh to wail the ails of the disenfranchised citizens of the City of Angels.
The centerpiece of this album is a five-movement suite, conceived in a dream and focused on the process of meditative self-discovery. ‘Meditation’ opens the suite with a focal point – a single note, B, which gradually expands in to a swirling world of woodwind texture, from which emerges the beautiful and haunting alto flute of Vinny Golia. Building into a surging climax, ‘Meditation’ culminates with the same focal point but elevated and energized, poised to dive into ‘Confrontation.’ The moment of confrontation between conscious and subconscious is punctuated with bashing blows, blazing beats, and frenzied horns as Gavin Templeton’s ripping alto sax and Rosenboom’s raging trumpet do battle. This tense confrontation descends into ‘Fury,’ as we deal with the innermost rumblings of rage with ogre-like bass lines and oppressively beautiful horn melodies. Vinny Golia’s bellowing tubax churns toward revelation and segues into Rosenboom’s trumpet, surging toward charged catharsis. ‘Transformation’ occurs as Sam Minaie’s mysterious bass lures us into dreamlike piano waterfalls, misty train-track drums, and foggy flutes with overtones of Ellington ringing in the air. Brian Walsh’s bass clarinet soars through the scene and, with a wisp of cymbal, fades into the fog. As we emerge transformed, a heartfelt piano chorale played by Rosenboom’s father, David, leads into ‘Elation,’ and Caleb Dolister’s racing, heart-palpitating drum grooves whip the band into a whirlwind of joyous realization.
‘Espionage’ brings us back to gritty reality with a rocking groove, sly horn lines and the sheer alto sax virtuosity of Gavin Templeton. Finally, the album closes with an intimate love song, written in a moment of inspiration upon just before parting ways - ‘While She Slept.’
The Daniel Rosenboom Septet is:
Daniel Rosenboom – trumpet
Gavin Templeton – alto saxophone and flute
Brian Walsh – bass clarinet and baritone saxophone
Vinny Golia – tubax and alto flute
David Rosenboom – piano
Sam Minaie – bass
Caleb Dolister – drums
Recorded on June 30th, 2010 at Westlake Studios in West Hollywood, CA
Sound Engineered by John Baffa and Steve Rusch
Edited by Daniel Rosenboom
Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Rosenboom and John Baffa, TV Tray Studio
Art + Design by Kio Griffith