Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker
Little Common Twist
It’s as if whenever they have a gap in their schedules – and are seeking new creative space to explore – Charles Rumback (drums) and Ryley Walker (guitar) come together to make something interesting built from the parts of folk, free jazz and the spaces (wide open spaces) in-between. Walker we know from his own albums which have a Van Morrison pictorialness about them. Rumback is a Jim White-esque free-jazzer; painter of textures and spaces with a different set of brushes.
Here on Little Common Twist they cut some new shapes into old vintage sounds – exploring territories covered previously by Sandy Bull, Richard Thompson and all points that might intersect.
There’s a dreamy, late-night quality to much of this (And You, These Sang) but there’s also great moments of post-rock (Menebhi), Malian guitar (Ill Fitting/No Sickness) and slow-burn noisy jazz-rock (Worn and Held).
They’ve worked together previously and it held well – the bond seems even stronger this time around.
There’s something so stately, pastoral, calming about the way this album opens (Half Joking) with Walker and Rumback both exploring space, cutting their own path to reach the same destination. It’s the sort of music you could believe was recorded a half-century ago and left to ruminate, or dashed off over a few nights a month or two ago. In fact they met a few times over the last couple of years to put this together. It has a timeless feel. In fact it feels like the antidote, the secret for whatever is ailing you.
It’s like an acoustic, calmed version of The Dirty Three at their most exploratory. It’s perfect I think.