Frank Rosaly’s Cicada Music at the Hideout | Concert preview
One of the jazz scene’s busiest drummers celebrates his recorded debut as a bandleader.
Keeping up with Frank Rosaly’s myriad projects isn’t easy. In fact, tracking his non-stop schedule could be a full-time job in and of itself. The prolific percussionist has embedded himself in the local jazz scene by seemingly never saying no to a gig, and that try-anything attitude is paying off. This month Delmark releases Cicada Music, Rosaly’s debut as a bandleader, an impressive disc that speaks to his gifts not just behind the kit but as a composer.
The root of both the album and band of the same name lies in the 2010 documentary Scrappers, for which Rosaly wrote and performed a series of textured vignettes that are woven throughout the new set in addition to several ensemble pieces, for which he enlisted a crack team of local improvisers: vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and three reedists: James Falzone, Keefe Jackson and Jason Stein. Their dialogue is as fluid as you’d expect of a group of cohorts who play in one another’s bands week in and week out, and the dynamic tunes reflect the adventurous, avant-garde spirit guiding these players.
While Rosaly’s arrangements allow for plenty of skronk, cuts like “Wet Feet Splashing” and “Driven” revolve around tight figures where the horns coalesce effortlessly. The more cinematic interludes are just as entrancing. The insect-like patter running throughout “Adrian” and the spiraling buzz behind “Bedbugs” ensure that Rosaly’s album lives up to its name.