Friday, May 11, 2018

Rich Rosenthal / Jack DeSalvo / Tom Cabrera - Connoisseurs of Chaos (WOODSHED RECORDS 2018)

The innovative electric guitar of Rich Rosenthal ,somehow covering ground from Jimmy Lyons to a harmonically savvy Jerry Garcia, is joined by the unconventional cello of Jack DeSalvo (known primarily as a guitarist himself) and master percussionist Tom Cabrera on drums. The unexpected power and appeal in their music results from their ability to surprise each other with unanticipated twists and turns awhile relishing in the resulting sonic locales. Rich Rosenthal is a graduate of the world-renowned New School Jazz and Contemporary Music program.

He’s studied with Dave Moreno, Reggie Workman, Vic Juris, among others. Rosenthal has worked closely with Joe Giardullo, contributing to the saxophonist’s 2007 RogueArts release, Red Morocco. Rosenthal’s first album as leader is 2013’s Falling Up, featuring Giardullo. Rich released his next album, Live at Quinn's, on Unseen Rain. Jack DeSalvo, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, played with Ronald Shannon Jackson and D3. Guitarist DeSalvo, a highly regarded composer, also plays cello, mandolin and banjo. “banjo player Jack DeSalvo uncorks a salvo of twangs as if Earl Scruggs has pushed his way into a Count Basie jam.” – NYC Jazz Record.

He plays with his own band and with Julie Lyon, 12 Houses, Sumari etc. He is featured on many recordings as well as on Unseen Rain. In addition to being an incomparable jazz drummer, Cabrera is an adept world percussionist often adding to the proceedings instruments from all over the planet particularly the middle-east. A native of Long Island, NY, drummer and multi-percussionist Tom Cabrera began his career in local rock, folk rock and country bands but his love of jazz shifted his focus and studies strongly in that direction. A visual artist as well, he initially pursued a career as a photo-retoucher and spent 18 years in that field. His musical pursuits continued, however, and he became a mainstay in the Hudson Valley, NY jazz scene.

Cabrera relocated to Orlando, FL in 1995 but not before acquiring a frame drum, an event that proved to be auspicious to his future work. In Florida Tom gigged constantly establishing himself as one of the most respected players on the jazz scene. After meeting his future wife, vocalist Julie Lyon, they went on to form the Julie Lyon Quartet, a swinging ensemble and released two albums: Beginning to See the Light and Live: Between Then and Now. The quartet and Tom's own trio performed all over the state. Tom appears on almost 20 Unseen Rain recordings.

1. Piece 1 10:12
2. Piece 2 17:27
3. Piece 3 07:58
4. Piece 4 08:51
5. Piece 5 09:08

Rich Rosenthal - guitar
Jack DeSalvo - cello, bass ukelele
Tom Cabrera - drums, percussion

Recorded at Woodshed Studio, Westbury, NY by Christof Ziegenhirte
Edited and mastered at Hutter Studio, Orlando FL by Larry Hutter
Cover painting by Tom Cabrera
design by Qua's Eye Graphix
A Woodshed production

All music by Rich Rosenthal, Jack DeSalvo and Tom Cabrera ℗ © 2018 Woodshed Records