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"Spectral moments surface throughout as a bit of other-worldliness emerging from brassy cacophony. Raucous, delicately haunting, and most definitely coy, the album has a kind of nonchalant majesty to it." - Elise Mills, White Crate

The debut album from Actual/Actual showcases improvised music with a blues music orientation at the core while keeping to a broad outlook towards “spontaneous composition”. Their wide swath takes in swing, Latin music, fusion, doom rock, reggae, punk, and many other musical elements. It's all “grist for the mill” as they create a new context for these elements where improbable connections are made and things happen when you least expect them to.
Romus originally hails from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has made it a point to engage and collaborate with musicians from the region. This band represents recent “talent reconnaissance” and is truly a multi-generational affair.


released June 28, 2022

Josh Strange- trumpet and vibraphone
Troy Kunkler- drums and percussion
Rent Romus- alto and soprano saxophones
Gerard Cox- piano, Rhodes, key bass

Recorded mixed & mastered by Bill Heingartner
Mus-i-col Recording Studio Columbus Ohio April 2022
All music by Actual/Actual
Cover art photo & design by Gerard Cox, inside art Collette McCaslinBack cover photo by Bill Heingartner, Layout design by Gert Rude MusicPoem "The Lockless Door" by Robert Frost, Special thanks to Scott Biggs


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Edgetone Records San Francisco, California

Edgetone Records is place for new music crossing the genre boundaries. Founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus, the label took shape in 1991. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity. ... more

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