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The second album after a 12 year hiatus, Truth Teller features trio and quartet performances of original jazz from saxophonist, composer and producer Rent Romus, as well as inspiration from luminaries such as Albert Ayler, Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Jean Sibelius. The group explores the influences and inspirations that make the art of jazz and improvisation timeless. They pay tribute as well as brings to light, reinvent, deconstruct, and breath life into the deeper realms of their collective body of memory. Radio station KFJC’s Thurston Hunger said of Romus, “Rent remains a force for me, his restraint as powerful as his melodic attacks."
Kim Cass- doublebass
Timothy Orr- drums/percussion
Markus Hunt – doublebass
Rent Romus - alto, soprano saxophones
Thollem Electric - Rhodes piano
"...bold sound, unmistakeable sincerity and conviction."
"What is most welcome about this recording is that each track, whether the source is an acknowledged influence or Romus’ own invention, has its own characteristic rhetoric. As a result, for those of us on the listening end, there is much in the “truth” part of the album’s title that has the power to set us free." - Stephen Smoliar
"The rough stuff is sharp, engaging, and the softer spots draw you in."
- Tom Hull
"Bassists Kim Cass and Markus Hunt lay down a thick low tandem, upon which drummer Timothy Orr spreads his percussive mastery and Rent blows his always stunning alto/soprano tones. Life's Blood damn well rock their Jazz."
- disaster amnesiac
"From the strange searing brilliance of Luggage Store Breakdown, to a version of Faceless Woman that will make Arthur Blythe proud, to the emotional nakedness of the swoop up to the high note at the beginning of the solo at 1:11 in Sydämestäni rakastan, this is seriously beautiful stuff." - Joe Lasqo
"Fresh innovative jazz...The expression is emotional but eloquent, smooth yet cerebral."
- abacus, KFJC 89,7 FM