David Binney's Lost Tribe (Soulfish) lured me into the jazz world about twenty years ago. The mixture of jazz, rock and even metal was very appealing to me, I loved the grooves, and all solo's made sense. This album by Daniel Rosenboom is like a 2015 version of it to (with pretty much the same effect to me at least). Heavier, more energetic even, and danger is lurking in every corner. After hearing With Fire Eyes, I decided to buy all other albums on BC as well. Highly recommended.
Favorite track: With Fire Eyes.
Released as a 6-panel digipak covered in original painting by Eron Rauch, with a 10-page booklet of liner notes by at-large LA Weekly writer, Gary Fukushima, and the cover symbol embossed in spot-gloss overlay, this album is a beautiful collector's item, as well as a riveting listening experience.
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The Dan Rosenboom Quintet is an electrifying ensemble that brings together some of the Los Angeles creative music scene's most distinctive instrumental voices! Their debut album, Fire Keeper introduces a new brand of American music, unbound by genre or stylistic idiom. The quintet seamlessly blends elements of jazz, progressive and experimental rock, electronic music, blues, grunge, and contemporary classical music into an unprecedented sound that is fiery, grooving, intelligent and exciting. The band rocks hard, but flies with the freedom of inspired jazz. The sound is fresh yet grounded, and for all its brazen metal edge, this is joyous music!
****4 STARS**** from DownBeat Magazine
****4.5 STARS**** from Sydney Morning Herald
"There are few jazz records that seem suitable for a pyrotechnics show, but trumpeter-composer-producer Daniel Rosenboom has accomplished such a feat with the debut of his new album...a wholly modern and frequently intimidating assault brimming with ferocity...The quintet has a grinding meticulousness...and the band is extremely tight in their execution of Rosenboom's ideas. This is not background music. It's a panoramic assault soaked in aggression and fuzz, flinging jagged machismo in every direction. The listener has two options: Put down what they're doing and soak it up, or run screaming for the hills."
— Sean J. O'Connell, DownBeat Magazine
"Complex and exciting, Fire Keeper burns, lurches, and leaps with intelligent virtuosity and a breathtaking sense of ensemble cohesion. This might be where jazz is heading—so strap in and enjoy the ride."
— Robert Bush, All About Jazz
"Veering between knotty jazz, prog rock and metal, is a trumpeter determined to go his own way...the imagination on display generates plenty of heat."
— Chris Barton, LA Times
"A more innovative approach has been to place jazzy improvising within a rock aesthetic. The quintet, led by Los Angeles' trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, is at the pinnacle of this approach, as heard on the new Fire Keeper opus. Rosenboom's music filmically plays with moods, while reaching peaks of energy in which rhythmically complex compositions and arresting improvising sit atop the thundering drama of rock."
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
"We’ve firmly established a few things about Daniel Rosenboom from his Best of 2013 release Book of Omens: he’s a fearless composer, bandleader, and trumpet player who lunges headfirst into the frontiers of modern progressive jazz, making it his mission to craft something that’s both fresh and immediate. What we establish from his follow-up LP Fire Keeper is that his pursuit of what’s beyond that frontier doesn’t ever let up."
— S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
"Fire Keeper, marches forward with a certain kind of relentlessness. It's definitely the kind of rambunctious, inventive kind of music that would describe a Steve Coleman composition or the latest David Binney album...[an] exciting direction jazz has been taking lately is the intermingling of rock sounds into the jazz canon, especially when touches of free jazz rear their heads. It's rather challenging material, for the musicians involved and for the listener, but it's worth a listen."
— Anthony Dean-Harris, Nextbop
"The kinetic energy in the performances on this thing is m-a-s-s-i-v-e...the performances are just stellar throughout."
— The Needle Drop
"These guys aren’t afraid hit it hard, paying homage to rock and jazz often in the same track. The result is a complex, yet ultimately catchy, set of tunes. But be careful – you might break a few bones trying to move your body to Fire Keeper."
— Mike Borella, Avant Music News
"Fire Keeper, the debut album from the Daniel Rosenboom Quintet, exemplifies the vast possibilities for contemporary jazz artists."
— Mike Oppenheim, All About Jazz
From a review of The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet Live at The Loft @ UCSD on March 13, 2014:
"In his quintet, [Rosenboom] has fashioned something entirely new from wildly diverse precedents like the music of Ornette Coleman, Balkan-folk, heavy-metal, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra... At times the band reminded me of Ornette’s Prime Time playing at a Bulgarian rave. The liberal dosage of odd-meters and compound meters also evoked the spirit of Mahavishnu, but there was also a splash of (I swear to god) Black Sabbath tossed in for good measure... Rosenboom has a warm, gorgeous tone...imagine Freddie Hubbard gigging with Henry Threadgill in a Slavic mashup group, and you get the idea."
— Robert Bush, NBC San Diego
released March 18, 2014
Dan Rosenboom – Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet, and Flugelhorn
Gavin Templeton – Saxophones, Bass Clarinet, and Flute
Alexander Noice – Electric Guitar and FX
Kai Kurosawa – Bear Trax and FX
Dan Schnelle – Drums
Recorded September 10-13, 2013 at Kingsize Soundlabs, Los Angeles, CA
Sound Engineered by John Baffa
Mixed by John Baffa and Dan Rosenboom, TV Tray Studio, Simi Valley, CA
Mastered by Stephen Marsh and Fernando Lee, Marsh Mastering, Hollywood Hills, CA
Dan Rosenboom is a creative and prolific trumpet artist, composer, producer, Los Angeles studio musician, and founder of
Orenda Records. Described as a “phenomenon” by the Los Angeles Times, he has been featured on major stages around the world, from Madison Square Garden to the Hammersmith Apollo and the Hollywood Bowl....more
Marcus is one of the great young players in Modern Jazz. He, Ben Williams and E.J. Strickland combine and create a great album of modern jazz tunes. After repeated listenings, the music grows on you. Harvey