Art Lande, Rubisa Patrol, Mark Isham, Bill Douglass, Glenn Cronkhite – Rubisa Patrol
Rubisa Patrol Review
by Michael G. Nastos
This recording, with the short-lived ensemble Rubisa Patrol, may someday be considered as one of the classic ECM recordings of all time. Some stunning compositions are present within a restrained, melodic concept, but please don't term it new age. While there is a spiritual quality present, it is not overbearing. Four of the pieces are written by acoustic pianist Art Lande, with the standout track "Corinthian Melodies" a thing of sheer opulent beauty. Trumpeter Mark Isham and Lande are the principal voices in this quartet, and the textures they conjure would set a precedent for what Isham would do for the bulk of his career in scoring for films. Bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Glenn Cronkhite are as sensitive a lower dynamic rhythmic team as can be. This is contemporary improvised music nonpareil, a relaxed, well-paced program that is here to soothe and reassure you.
ORIGIN : Japan
LABEL : ECM Records
CONDITION OF COVER & INSERT : EX-
CONDITION OF RECORD : EX+
RECORD GRADING DEFINITIONS
MINT: Never opened, still in original shrink wrap.
NM: Opened, appears unplayed.
EX: A few very light surface hair-line marks with no major deterioration to the sound quality.
VG: A few light scratches and/or scuffs creating audible background noise. There is no skipping or jumping on this record unless indicated in the condition description.
A plus or minus (+ or -) denotes slightly better or slightly less than a grade, eg. VG+.
Each record has been cleaned and played to ensure the accuracy of the following grading