Drummer-composer-bandleader Barry Romberg is playfully subversive. This latest installment from the man who heads up Canada’s Romhog label is full of surprises and good humor, along with a multitude of good grooves. From the off-kilter techno-funk of “Day 23” to the ethereal trio piece “Serenity Now,” from raucous free-form jams like “The Plastics” to the dramatic 10-minute Elvin Jones tribute “The Two Elvins,” Romberg displays quick hands, keen instincts and coloristic tendencies behind the kit, whether he’s playing with mallets, brushes or sticks. He also reveals adeptness at electronic percussion on the grooving “Easy Forward” and the hard-hitting “Good Morning Mr. Phelps,” both featuring some searing Scofield-influenced guitar work from Geoff Young.
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