"Aos," introduces clarinetist Andrew Bishop, the recording's only other musician and a familiar name to local jazz fans. "Aos" opens with a ten-second theme, a repeating four-note descending chromatic phrase, which is followed by fifty seconds of musical mayhem, all three musicians going virtuosically berserk-to hilarious effect-before the theme returns to close the track. Your phonograph needle, or ear buds, will get a workout.
The direction on the piano score for "Far and Away and It's OK (We Can Always Skype)" is "Open … Fluidly, Sometimes Epic." Which is a pretty good CliffsNotes description of Rush's music, ranging as it does from meditative to playful (he briefly uses a duck whistle to mimic hip-hop turntable scratching) and from non- or multi-metered to rhythmically insistent, sometimes poignant, even spiritual, and with touches of humor woven throughout.
Stephen Rush, Jeremy Edwards, and Andrew Bishop play music from Naked Dance! at Kerrytown Concert House on Friday, November 4. Jef Mallett will also be on hand to autograph his covers.
[Originally published in November, 2011.]