|This raw, gut level, on the edge recording places the listener smack dab in the middle of Blondie's Jazz Bar in San Francisco on a cold night in February 1995.
YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME is a musical journey combining a prima sense of groove and improvisation with Romus' "X" generation angst. This seven-cut release pushes the envelope with Romus' original compositions, which follows a gut level groove, and then builds upon that structure with free form improvisation. The music takes the attitude of the grunge music movement, and incorporates it into an acoustic, improvised setting. Through this concept of strange bedfellows the music appeals to the hard core jazz fan as well as the alternative music fan.
“This is a crazy record, and one that listeners with
open ears toward the music of Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman and Rahsaan Roland Kirk (among others)
should enjoy…highly emotional music.”
- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
“Romus’ quartet recorded live in San Francisco plays
like an aggressive version of the Ornette tribute band
Old And New Dreams. When so few are making strong statements in music today, You’ll Never Be The Same! Shouts.”
-Mark Corroto – SOS Jazz