We all enjoy hearing a band with vision and pizzazz, especially during this sometimes, saturated post-bop laden jazz era. Hence, this sextet combines a striking persona amid laudable technical faculties for a set consisting of majestic melodies, along with nods to classical music and more. At times, tenor saxophonist Rob Armus and trumpeter John Korsrud provoke memories of classic Blue Note Records style fare. Add to that, violinist Anne Wood and a piano-based rhythm section, and you have an ensemble that draws upon diverse influences and genres. Overall, they seamlessly meld a unique and exciting group led methodology, whether they intertwine tango, chamber-jazz or complexly woven unison choruses. One of the all-encompassing aspects to this ensemble’s makeover is how they blend fiery jazz type solos, along with a folksy outlook. But this facet signifies just one of many integral components. They abide by an organic sound, fused with soaring movements and changeable metrics. Essentially, this production looms as one heck of a phantasmagoric episode for the mind’s eye.
Artist / Group Name:Aros
CD Title:Train Song
Musicians:Rob Armus (tenor sax), Marion von Tilzer (piano), John Korsrud (trumpet), Anne Wood (violing), Sven Schuster (contrabass), Alan Purves (percussion)