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The Awakening

by Jim Ryan's Forward Energy

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    "Cognizant of more than the Free Jazz tradition, the Forward Energy five tweak the concept enough to prove that unbridled improvising remains a viable musical option."
    -Ken Waxman, Jazzword

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The Opening 05:41
Awakening 03:59
Float & Jolt 04:36
Freestyle 12:55
talk talk 06:47


The current formation of Forward represented on “The Awakening” has played monthly throughout 2011 in various venues. It includes founder Jim Ryan (who played on Steve Lacy’s weekly jam sessions in Paris during the early 70’s) on flute, saxes, and trumpet, and original member Scott R. Looney on piano. Scott received his BA in music from Coe College, Iowa and an MFA from Cal Arts. He has been a pillar of the experimental music community since the late 90’s. The group also includes Rent Romus on alto, soprano, and c-melody saxophones. He studied with Stan Getz and is a power both on his horn and as an organizer and promoter of the Bay Area experimental music community. Eric Marshall is a regular bassist with Eddie Gale’s groups and he works in all genres of the jazz idiom. Percussionist Timothy Orr studied with Ed Blackwell and plays all styles from zydeco to free jazz.


released January 24, 2012

Jim Ryan - alto/tenor saxophones, flute, trumpet
Rent Romus – alto/soprano/c-melody saxophones
Scott R. Looney - piano
Eric Marshall – double bass
Timothy Orr – drums, percussion


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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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