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Press

Image Galleries
Otherworld Cycle Gold Lion Arts
(Sacramento 2015) by Michael Zelner
Otherworld Cycle debut concert
(CMC San Francisco 2014) by Michael Zelner
Romus/Rankin-Parker/Pearce
(Vamp, Oakland 2014) by Michael Zelner

Benefit Concert for Arthur Blythe
(Berkeley Arts 2013)
by Michael Zelner

Interviews & Features
Aamulehti
(Performance Review Tampere Finland 2017) by Jussi Niemi

music player

(Interview with Jazzpastori Markku Salo Kerava Finland 2017)
Rytmimusiikkia
(Performance Review Tampere Finland 2017) by Jyrki Kallio
Hufvudstadsbladet
(Performance Review Kereva Jazz Festival Kereva Finland 2017) by Jan-Erik Holmberg
Memory Select
(Road to Aacheron Review 2016)
by Craig Matsumoto

Berkeleyside
(Road to Aacheron Preview 2016) by Andrew Gilbert
Experinautas
(On the San Francisco
Music Scene 2015)
by Diego Villaseñor de Cortina

Berkeleyside
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2015)
by Andrew Gilbert

Insight With Beth Ruyak
Capital Public Radio

(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2015)
by Beth Ruyak

Memory Select
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2014)
by Craig Matsumoto

Beyond Chron
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2014)
by E. Doc Smith

Examiner
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2014)
by Stephen Smoliar

New World Finn
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2014)
by Gerry Henkel

SFWeekly
(Otherworld Cycle Preview 2014)
by Andy Gilbert

Tokafi
(On Originality 2014)
by Tobias Fischer

Avant Music News
(Interview 2014)
by Mike in AMN Interviews

Picoas Project
(Interview 2014)
by Thollem McDonas

Taran's Jazz Hour
(Podcast 2009) by Taran
Tokafi
(CD Feature 2009)
by Tobias Fischer

SF Classical Voice
(Field Notes From the
Bleeding Edge 2009)
by Noel Veroza

Tokafi
(15 Questions 2006)
by Tobias Fischer

Stockton Record
(Top Pick December 2006)
by Ian Hill
Quotes

"Romus turned out to be, besides a very adept improviser, also a high quality composer. His songs were full of abundant ideas avoiding the easy clichéd “theme/solos/theme” formats." - Jussi Niemi, Tampere Aamulehti, Finland

"Alto saxophonist, one of the more consistently interesting figures of recent years..." - Tom Hull

"Romus has a bold sound, unmistakable sincerity and conviction." - Downbeat

"Romus' sax rekindles that flame egregiously, thematic sketches becoming instant excuses for the instruments to coalesce into a gruelling mass of Pollockian sonic painting that plumps on the brain and self-adjusts until your synapses are completely disjointed."
Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

"Sounds to me like what Charlie Parker should have sounded like if he was really as great as they say." - Tom Hull, The Best Jazz Albums of 2014

"Rent Romus and his Sax are the rudder, guiding the way....his frenzied summersaults lead the band ever upwards towards the sky."
Tobias Fischer, Tokafi

"...his (mostly) gentle phrasing underlining a potential, yet still non-existent rebellion while transmuting the predominant tides into deformed film-noirish soundtracks, with rain pouring down on the trash amassed in dark alleys."
Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes, Rome, Italy

"Rent remains a force for me, his restraint as powerful as his melodic attacks."
Thurston Hunger, KFJC 89.7 FM Los Altos, CA

“Swings like death and hell.”
Jack Lind, Det Fri Aktuelt, Copenhagen, Denmark

“...a ferocious improviser.”
San Francisco Weekly

“...dynamic, and monstrous.”
Sam Prestianni, Oakland Montclarion

“Overall, Romus’ performance was raw and full of musical vigor, which inspired a higher order and left the audience with a smitten effect.
Thorbjorn Sjogren, Politiken, Denmark

“Romus has been central to the creative music world of the West Coast for a number of years, and he keeps stretching the boundries of originality with each new release.” 
Frank Rubolino - onefinalnote.com/Cadence

"Rent Romus is certainly carving a distinctive musical niche for himself. 
Using a full fruity tone with a vibrato that's almost broader than Ayler's..." 
-Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly 

"Romus should by now be as well-known as David S. Ware or John Zorn, so catch up, comrades." 
Cactus, KUSF San Francisco 

“Romus and Tchicai ignite when pitted together and complement each other’s efforts. Romus’ tone is bold and audacious…on occasion you can hear Ayler’s ghost in his alto playing.”
Frank Rubolino – Cadence

"Romus' solos served to liberate the music from the group's comfort range . . . particularly noteworthy in Romus' playing is his apparent sense of the tradition of jazz." -- Robin L. Hammer, JazzNow Magazine