Rob Mazurek: As If An Angel Fell From The Sky


As If An Angel Fell From The Sky


Rob Mazurek (cornet, piano)


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Rob Mazurek (cornet, piano), John Herndon (drums, percussion, tenori-on), Matthew Lux (bass), Josh Abrams (acoustic bass, piano), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone).

Composed by Rob Mazurek


Recorded: Universal Studio, Chicago, October 24, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Once upon a time (I swear, that's the first time I've ever written those four words in sequence), I worked at a company that gave me my own office. I was allowed to have speakers attached to my computer. Oh yes, music listening via wiggling air molecules instead of having those earbud thingies jammed in tight.

If, by chance, I happened to be playing music on the order of the Rob Mazurek Quintet, the afternoon would be full of little visitations – people sticking their heads in my door asking, “Uh, what the heck is that?!”

The thing is, most people can't handle music like this. It at first seems directionless, with a swooping synth drone in the background, and vibes in the fore – seeming to be completely disconnected. But my ear parts, with their penchant for oddball connections, hear something different. The vibes are the thoughts of a person making it through a long, difficult winter. The synth drone IS the winter. As time passes, the vibes and percussion strain against the bonds of the season (and just who doesn't feel down in January?) but finally resolve to be more accepting. And then spring arrives.

No, that is not a scotch bottle in my desk drawer!

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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  • 1 Lucas Gillan // Apr 16, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    "The Star Splitter" from that same CD is a really remarkable track. "As If An Angel..." is good, too, but didn't stand out to me as much.