Date(s) - 02/18/2020
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
California Jazz Conservatory
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- Dan Rosenboom – cornet, trumpet, compositions
- Gavin Templeton – saxophone
- Jake Vossler – guitar
- Jerry Watts, Jr. – bass
- Gary Novak – drums
Absurd in the Anthropocene – out January 31, 2020 via Gearbox Records – is in line with Rosenboom’s abstract musicianship and virtuous experimentalism but, naturally, pushes the envelope. The record’s inspirations run the gamut from Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to Frank Zappa, Soundgarden, and Squarepusher, and its title refers to the complicated and often surreal times in which we live.
“This album is about responding to our modern world in a way that is reflectively critical yet frenetically joyous,” Rosenboom says. “Maelstrom and cognitive dissonance are everywhere, online and on the news. People cherry-pick what they want to believe and discount factual data. Inequity is rampant. In the face of such overwhelming chaos, turning toward our inner humanity is a powerful move. I want to take all that emotional fuel, and turn it into something creative, spontaneous, and beautiful.”
A musician dedicated to exploration and expression, regardless of anyone’s imagined boundaries.
– Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times
A singularly creative voice whose unique aesthetic encompasses an array of idiosyncratic influences…a lyrical virtuoso with a commanding tone, whose expansive trumpet technique is saliently paralleled in his diverse writing…an artist on the rise.
– Troy Collins, All About Jazz
IMAGE by Aubre Hill