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Frank Rosaly: Cicada Music

Despite a vast number of projects that feature his insightful drumming, Frank Rosaly’s name has rarely appeared on the spines of albums. On those few occasions, it has been a solo percussion session or free-improv duets rather than a set of his compositions. Cicada Music corrects those shortcomings, featuring brief sketches written for a soundtrack and longer pieces that head in different directions. More than just a solid timekeeper or freeform propellant, the Chicago resident proves he’s in league with peers like Jason Adasiewicz and Keefe Jackson when it comes to composing.

Not surprisingly, both of those players appear on Cicada Music. Adasiewicz’s vibes add color, which works well during breakdowns between soloists. Jackson is one of three clarinetists on the frontline, playing both the bass and contrabass varieties, as well as tenor sax. James Falzone (B-flat clarinet) and Jason Stein (bass clarinet) also help create rich harmonies. Bassist Jason Roebke rounds out the group.

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