David Rogers: Oboo Ketua Nyom


Oboo Ketua Nyom


David Rogers (tenor sax)


The World is Not Your Home (Jumbie 0005)

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David Rogers (tenor sax),

Gerald Cleaver (drums), Mark Stone (gyil), Derek Bermel (gyil)


Composed by David Rogers


Recorded: Ann Arbor, Michigan, not date given (CD released in 2007)


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Tracks likes this make it worthwhile to dig into the unheralded indie label CDs that come out every week. Most up-and-coming tenor saxophonists show off what they have learned from Coltrane, Rollins, Lovano, Getz and other past masters. But Rogers dishes out tenor playing here that cuts through all the tired jazz clichés -- it is almost as if his music sprang up fully formed outside the jazz tradition, without any telltale licks to reveal his sources. Of course, Rogers's long stint in Ghana may have helped open his ears to sounds outside the bop-to-free coordinates that direct most of his peers. His composition "Oboo Ketua Nyom" is inspired by the music of the Dagara and Lobi peoples, and is supported by a drummer and two gyil (pronounced JEE-lee) players. The gyil is a Dagara xylophone, and Rogers builds his solos primarily from pentatonic lines that reflect the scale of this instrument. He moves through slow, fast and medium sections, but in a holistic way that few jazz works achieve. This is world fusion jazz at its finest.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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