There is a filmmaker lurking within the musical vision of Daniel Rosenboom. It's no coincidence that Rosenboom's newest album, Fallen Angeles
, is named after Los Angeles. After all, what city is more attached to the cinematic world than Hollywood, L.A.'s famous district? But the L.A. that Rosenboom sees isn't the sunlit, starry-struck paradise of people's imaginations. Rather, it's the darker side of L.A., an enigmatic town of broken souls, punctured dreams, and buried secrets. In other words, it's the L.A. that has fueled countless pulp fiction, and Rosenboom illustrates every sordid mile of it with the shadowy presence of his trumpet.
The title cut summarizes what Rosenboom is trying to achieve here, which is to create a movie for the mind, one with an unspoken narrative crawling through the forbidden back alleys of L.A. Caleb Dolister's spectral drums heighten the track's ominous vibe as Rosenboom's sullen trumpet sets the stage. There is a heaviness in the air despite the music being relatively quiet.
Rosenboom is keenly aware that being subtle and mysterious is often more effective than an in-your-face attack. However, when Rosenboom and his group do raise the volume level, it's like lighting fireworks. For example, on the opening tune, Ideology," Rosenboom and his band blow the roof from its foundations. Rosenboom's roaring trumpet, Sam Minaie's throbbing bass lines, and the blue smoke of Gavin Templeton's saxophone build a whirlpool of sound. A versatile trumpet player, While She Slept" unveils Rosenboom's hopeless romanticism, delivering a slow dance of incandescent beauty.
Currently on tour with Josh Groban
, Rosenboom's talents are now being exposed to massive crowds, but Fallen Angeles
gives listeners the opportunity to eye his own artistry in an intimate setting, one that illuminates a room when the lights are knocked out.