Rent Romus’ “Life’s Blood” Comes to Duende

by E. "Doc" Smith on September 13, 2013

Life’s Blood explores the influences and inspirations that make the art of jazz and improvisation timeless. The ensemble pays tribute as well as brings to light, reinvents, deconstructs, and breathes life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory. Initially created by Romus while on tour in Northern Europe in 1999, the group currently features bassists Kim Cass, Markus Hunt and drummer/percussionist Timothy Orr.

Truth Teller features trio and quartet performances of original jazz from saxophonist, composer and producer Rent Romus, as well as inspiration from luminaries such as Albert Ayler, Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Jean Sibelius. At Duende, the quartet will perform selections from Truth Teller with a heavy dose of free improvisation. KFJC’s Thurston Hunger said of Romus, “Rent remains a force for me, his restraint as powerful as his melodic attacks.”

Edgetone Records released Truth Teller by Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood on August 30th, the first recording by the band in 12 years. To celebrate the release, Life’s Blood will perform at the Oakland’s newest restaurant and nightspot, Duende, at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 25.

Rent Romus is a force spanning over 25 years of D.I.Y. music production curating over 80 shows a year for the new music avant garde and jazz communities as well as leading several groups from rolicking jazz to free abstract chamber music, to sounds tracks for film and dance.
Timothy Orr studied drums with Edward Blackwell from 1985-89 at Wesleyan University.

Timothy has played with musicians in many fields, including Josh Roseman, Stephen Schwartz, Marco Eneidi, Richard Hell, Adam Lane, and many more.
Kim Cass is one of the most promising jazz bass players to come out of the New England Conservatory in recent memory, possessing both a remarkably individual sound and a personal and virtuosic technique.

As a freelancer in New York City he played with Bill McHenry, George Garzone, Andrew D’Angelo and Ethan Iverson among others.
Markus Hunt began his study of double bass at Howard University under Chris Sloniger, and later with Chuck Sher, Glenn Richman (Bobby Hutcherson) and Clarence Stephens (Church of Coltrane). Borrowing from 20th century European classical and American avant-garde jazz forms, his approach is both spiritual and intellectual.

Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood
Wed September 25, 2013 9:00pm
Duende, Oakland CA
Tickets, $10
Info: (510) 893-0174

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