This project culminated from a series of live performances throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Expedition is a set of spontaneous intuitive explorations recorded in Oakland California in 2016 featuring saxophonist Rent Romus with drummer percussionist Rob Pumpelly and pianist Eli Wallace both of whom perform as the duo Dialectical Imagination.
Rob Pumpelly is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, theorist and educator residing in Oakland, CA. His compositional activities span a wide range of styles and platforms including works for classical and avant-garde chamber ensembles, vocal ensembles, percussion ensembles, jazz combos, rock groups, hardcore groups, and improv collectives. In the field of aesthetic theory, Rob advocates a Transcendental Realist approach to art encouraging ecstatic participation in the primary aesthetic experience offered through art.
Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, composer, and curator who calls Brooklyn, NY his home. A recent transplant from Oakland, CA, he has quickly become involved in the New York improvised and creative music scene and plays regularly with Dave Miller, Ben Cohen, Deric Dickens, Jake Leckie, and Javier Moreno. As a versatile and dexterous performer he has toured Europe and the Americas.
Rent Romus is a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, bandleader, music producer, and community leader hailed by Downbeat as having "...a bold sound, unmistakable sincerity and conviction". A third generation Finnish American born in the great north of upper Michigan and growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Romus' work on the saxophone has been dubbed “ferocious” by the San Francisco Weekly and “central to the creative music world of the West Coast” by writer jazz critic Frank Rubolino.
released December 13, 2017
Rob Pumpelly - drums/percussion
Rent Romus - alto, soprano, C-melody saxphone/flutes, bells
Eli Wallace - piano
Recorded in at House of Zoka Oakland California by Michael Zelner October 2016
Edgetone Records was founded by musician/producer, Rent Romus. The label took shape in 1991 to support his group’s original
jazz recordings. After being on a long hiatus Rent re-opened Edgetone in January 2000 and expanded it to support new music crossing the genre boundaries specifically for D.I.Y. (do it yourself) artists looking for a ground base and community label identity....more