Originally released in 1994 under the title In the Moment, Edgetone Records is now making this solid modern avant-jazz recording available once again, under the title Thundershine. Scorching sax player Rent Romus finally realized his dream to work with tenor/soprano sax legend Chico Freeman on this one, and the two trade plenty of ferocious lines and touching melodies throughout this adventurous CD. The duo are joined here by Jason Olaine on trumpet, pianist Stefano DeZerega, drummer Ben Leinbach, and Ravi Abcarian on bass. The results are often times intoxicating as well as challenging, as the band channels the best of both 50's bebob and the avant-garde of the 60's. The brooding & mystifying "Cameltrot" leads into the upbeat swing of "Dali Lawnd", a real workout for the rhythm team as well as featuring lots of squonking sax. Strongest cut though might be the menacing tone of the 13-minute epic "Moons of Neptune", a dark & haunting pot of dangerous jazz that is impossible to ignore. Romus & Freeman are in top form on this one, and add in the tasty piano vamps from DeZerega and you have one hell of an exciting slice of modern jazz.
If you have even the slightest interest in the jazz or avant-garde scene, this reissue should be high on your priority list.
1) Cameltrot 9:35
2) Dali Lawnd 6:58
3) Q'Cee 6:29
4) Thundershine 4:35
5) Moons of Neptune 13:07
6) Double Dig-bonus track 6:44
7) Dali Lawnd-bonus track 13:42