Romain, James, Nicholas Roth And Mark Engebretson / Howl
Album: Howl   Collection:General
Artist:Romain, James, Nicholas Roth And Mark Engebretson   Added:Aug 2012
Label:Innova Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-02-09 Pull Date: 2013-04-14 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Feb 17
Airplays: 2

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 16, 2013: Music Casserole
2. Feb 13, 2013: minimum entropy

Album Review
Carl M
Reviewed 2013-02-04
James Romain, Nicholas Roth, Mark Engebretson/Howl
Label: Innova Recordings
Reviewed by Carl M
Several contemporary pieces for piano, saxophone and computer. Very interesting collection of diverse works, with Asian, jazz, and modernist influences.

Favorites: Sonata (Larghetto), Secondary Impressions

1. (7:29) Howl - First half free form jazz improvisation with MIDI strings, saxophone, and percussion, then a fast pounding groove with uneasy sax melodies. One cool section where saxophone starts playing a bebop lick.
2. (3:54) Adagio – Moderato – Somber intro, then typical sonata first movement for saxophone and piano. Some Asian sounding harmony.
3. *(6:23) Larghetto – Somber saxophone melodies and interplay of piano. Very diverse, sporadic interesting music.
4. (5:12) Allegro – Very intense chromatic piano and saxophone melodies, pentatonic as well. End is very loud.
5. (11:29) SaxMax – Drone with saxophone, saxophone starts putting effects and looping on sound. Very out there.
Secondary Impressions
6. *(5:24) Cyclotronic Multi-faceted Spheroidal Reverberation – Relatively more melodic and pentatonic piece, but still frenetic, for saxophone and piano.
7. (4:51) Invertible Introspection – Slower melody in saxophone over repeating backgrounds in piano. Gets very loud and deep in saxophone.
8. *(8:42) Serenade (Under Glass) – Piano chords being plucked across the strings, very nice saxophone melody over it. Much more tonal.
9. *(4:00) Le compositeur englouti – Solemn chords, saxophone interplay. Saxophone eventually picks up melody, piano play larger interesting chords underneath.
10. (8:14) Energy Drink – Solo saxophone, basically showing off. Lots of chromatic runs, high register screams.

Track Listing
1. Howl   6. Secondary Impressions - I. Cyclotronic Multi-Faceted Spheroidal Reverberation
2. Horn Sonata - I. Adagio: Moderato   7. Secondary Impressions - Ii. Invertible Introspection
3. Horn Sonata - Ii. Larghetto   8. Secondary Impressions - Iii. Serenade (Under Glass)
4. Horn Sonata - Iii. Allegro   9. Secondary Impressions - Iv. Le Compositeur Englouti
5. Saxmax   10. Energy Drink I