Charles Rumback & Ryley Walker

About

Charles Rumback and Ryley Walker are both known for their creativity and curious spirits. Rumback is a drummer in high demand in Chicago’s free-jazz circles, and a pillar of the second wave of improvisers in a scene first shaped by the legendary players like Sun Ra and the AACM. Walker draws deeply on other distinctly American styles, bringing a strong sense of folk tradition to his playing that is as arresting as his freewheeling performance style. Walker’s musical explorations are not limited to his own songwriting: the guitarist regularly collaborates in Chicago and now New York with innovators of every genre. Together, Rumback and Walker find common ground in their kinetic, intuitive playing and yearning creative outlook. Little Common Twist, their sophomore release as a duo, finds both players at their most adventurous. It compiles instrumental pieces that convey a striking range of emotions, at once introspective and expansive, with a delicate interplay that delights as they move with ease across a spectrum of styles. The recording has a pastoral quality that recalls Van Morrison’s classic album Veedon Fleece, and captures a remarkably dexterous performance by both Charles and Ryley that make this album so expansive and fresh.

Little Common Twist was recorded over several sessions throughout 2017 and 2018 with producer John Hughes, capturing the duo playing in the moment with minimal overdubs. The guitar and drums duo eschewed each instrument’s traditional roles of rhythm and melody, experimenting with texture and rhythm. Rumback and Walker remarkably paint in both broad, gestural strokes and intricate melodic details. “Half Joking” and “Self Blind Sun” are warm, deep songs that draw on structures from the American primitive guitar songbook. “Idiot Parade” (featuring Nick Macri on bass) leaps into more explorative territory, Rumback setting an urgent, rolling cymbal groove while Walker paints melodic sonic vapour trails across the sky. “Menehbi” experiments further with abstract forms, atomising guitar and drums into an ambient haze where loose flourishes from Rumback hint at rhythm and structure, while a steady electronic pulse provides an anchor amidst the fog.

Little Common Twist is the culmination of a creative partnership that has seen Rumback and Walker constantly challenging each other. In stretching the bounds of their interplay even further than before, the duo created their most evocative and expansive work to date, conjuring the afterglow of sun-scorched landscapes and ethereal after-hours ambience.

Tour Dates

    Rainbo Chicago, IL * Charles Rumback in Black Duck w/ Doug McCombs & Bill McKay
    Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    The Casbah San Diego, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Valley Bar Phoenix, AZ *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Sister Albuquerque, NM *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Elysium Austin, TX *Ryley Walker solo w/ Pink Mountaintops
    Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Black Cat Washington, DC *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    The Bowery Ballroom New York City, NY *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Lee's Palace Toronto, ON *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Rum Runners Music Hall London, ON *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Headliners Music Hall Louisville, KY *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Grey Eagle Asheville, NC *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Terminal West Atlanta, GA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Blueberry Hill University City, MD *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Hungry Brain * Charles Rumback trio
    Slowdown Omaha, NE *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Bluebird Theater Denver, CO *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Visual Arts Collective Garden City, ID *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Bunkhouse Saloon Las Vegas, NV *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    The Independent San Francisco, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    G Livelab Helsinki, FI Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Hotel Cecil Copenhagen, DK Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Northern Winter Beat Festival Aalborg, DK Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Celtic Connections @ CCA Glasgow, UK Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Cafe Oto London, UK Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Vooruit Gent, BE Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Bronson Ravenna, IT Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Teatro delle Logge Montecosaro, IT Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Germi Milan, IT Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Roter Salon Berlin, DE Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets
    Paradiso Noord Amsterdam, NL Ryley Walker solo acoustic show Tickets

Tour Dates

    Rainbo Chicago, IL * Charles Rumback in Black Duck w/ Doug McCombs & Bill McKay
    Teragram Ballroom Los Angeles, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain
    The Casbah San Diego, CA *Ryley Walker solo w/ Black Mountain

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Tracklist

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    Little Common Twist

  • 1 Half Joking
  • 2 Self Blind Sun
  • 3 Idiot Parade
  • 4 And You, These Sang
  • 5 Menebhi
  • 6 Ill-Fitting / No Sickness
  • 7 If You're Around And Down
  • 8 Worn And Held
  • Tracks

Discography