David Aaron's Short Memory: Cynical Rat Bastard (2006)
Things start off with a nice drum intro on "Landshark, which segues into the eclectic swing of "For Ever Green, with memorable guitar and bass solos that are just outside the typical mainstream fare. The first thing that grabs you is Aaron's brawny tenor, illuminated not by breakneck soloing but by elongated notes and deep phraseslike the repeating riff on the title selection, which could easily be part of a film score.
The group delves into an interesting Indian modality on "Schnerdle, but much of the music continues in the vein of abstract film noir. The tongue-in-cheek antics of "Soy Sauce Chicken on Rice are simply sophomoric, especially the band's bantering vocals, but things improve on "Corn Dog Hamper and the mellow closing "Sydney. Cynical Rat Bastard also includes a hidden track where Aaron's tenor sings with pronounced inflection and warmth.
Track Listing: Landshark; For Ever Green; Cynical Rat Bastard; Schnerdle; Nobbylocks; Ila's Furnace; Sophia's Diary; City Eyes; Soy Sauce Chicken On Rice; When I'm Alone, Chicks Go Wild; Dutch Courage; Corn Dog Hamper; Sydney.
Personnel: David Aaron: tenor saxophone; Rob Ritchie: guitar; Greg Ritchie: drums; Matt Wigton: bass.
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz