May 2007

Owen Howard
Drum Lore

Drummer Owen Howard juggles concepts of rhythm and space, both in the frequently shifting meters of his tunes and in the way he keeps time by inference, coloring in the spaces around the beat with a bubbling brew of fills and accents. His likeable, slightly angular compositions get compelling readings by the saxophone tag-team of John O’Gallagher and Andrew Rathbun, who trade off hot and cool solos, Gary Versace, whose sparkling piano playing seems prismatically refracted, and John Hebert, calm and thoughtful on bass.

Originally published in May 2007
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