An amazing group of musicians came together to produce this gorgeous jazz album that pushes the envelope of what modern jazz sounds like. Led by bassist Christopher Dammann and featuring legendary drummer Avreeyal Ra (who has performed with Sun Ra Arkestra, Fontella Bass, Pharoah Sanders, and more) this semi-improvised, semi-composed album is a beautiful mix of traditional jazz, modern synthesizers, ring modulators, and abstract noise. –Dan Jarvis
Bassist Christopher Dammann may have spent the last eight years in Charlottesville, Virginia, but musically he’s a Chicagoan…The combo’s amalgamations of acoustic and electronic textures scratch the same itch as Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor’s Chicago Underground Duo without ever sounding like an imitation.
Between the constellations of Sun Ra and Miles Davis, Restroy has claimed a corner of the universe. On its self-titled debut album, the group explores the far-out possibilities of a sextet. placing electronics alongside acoustic instruments, and wrenching all the potential sounds from that combination.
When Chris Dammann was a kid growing up in Charlottesville, he spent a lot of time looking at his dad’s upright bass. “I wonder what that does, to be in that corner,” Dammann recalls thinking about the instrument. He decided to find out for himself at age 14, when he took the bass out of the corner and started plucking its fat strings…