Royston, Rudy

Greenleaf Music, 2020CD
Instrument: Drums

Issue: 26.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Bebop
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score: 83
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Drummer Rudy Royston has kept time for many jazz headliners including Amina Figarova, Jim Snidero and JD Allen. But he’s back in the leadership role for PaNOptic, his latest release. “bLUes” is a rather melodic piece. Royston adds enough spoken word on “defeRRed”, to illustrate his point, and more so with vocals on “I’m Coming Home”. PaNOptic is divided into three sections: poetic reflections, tributes and spirituals. All twenty-three selections are solo drum pieces and Royston uses dynamics and mature moderation to pull off an introspective collection that is far more encompassing than you’d imagine for a solo drum effort. All proceeds from the album are being donated to the MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund


Publicist: Two for the Show Media