CALIFORNIA OUTSIDE MUSIC ASSOCIATES – C.O.M.A.

(Jazzheads / Edgetone)

Like a breath of fresh air in a torrid afternoon in that car graveyard which is jazz today, John Vaughn (sax) Brian Clark (bass) and Dax Compise (percussion) present a lively, limpid, linear specie of thrifty interplay that includes everything going from post-Coltranian prayers (“I love you”) to interesting mutations of kindly improvisations upon detached turnovers, going through mashed chamber music – just like in “Elevator to hell”, where the precious arco work by Clark offers its brotherhood to his comrades’ crosswinds. Themes and blowouts are well distant from sounding furibund, instead maintaining a perspiring porousness which is a major plus to my saturated-with-academic-formulas ears; it is not ultramundane stuff, yet it bears a strong element of sincerity and fun that makes me appreciate it no questions asked. Rent Romus plays his C-melody saxophone in “Tradition” and “Payin’ the Rent”, while “Shalom, Mickey” is my personal instant favourite.

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