THERE are no rough edges to Rollinson‘s second outing as leader after 1997’s Cause + Effect in a different trio plus guests. The founder of popular ’90s acid jazz band DIG (Directions In Groove) is joined by bassist Jonathan Zwartz and drummer Hamish Stuart, fresh from their work on dual Bell Award-winning album The Sea.
On seven originals, three by the trio and one standard, guitarist Rollinson uses distortion and other pedals to float smooth, fluid layers into an often busy mix including soft lyricism with a reflective feel, some bright, stabbing rock-infused riffs and harder, more emphatic musings. The opening Before is too brief, but closer After is a rich, thick gravy with some deliciously deep rumblings.
File between: Bill Frisell, Stephen Magnusson
Download: White Lion Brow, After
This review was published in the Sunday Herald Sun liftout Play on July 18, 2010