The Record Collection

Art Lande: Rubisa Patrol (1976) 2008

Rubisa Patrol

Track list:

01. Celestial Guests / Many Chinas
02. Jaimi’s Birthday Song
03. Romany
04. Bulgarian Folk Tune
05. Corinthian Melodies
06. For Nancy
07. Jaimi’s Birthday Song
08. A Monk In His Simple Room


Art Lande – piano;
Mark Isham – trumpet, flugelhorn, soprano sax;
Bill Douglass – bass, flute, bamboo flute (Ti-Tzu);
Glenn Cronkhite – drums, percussion

Recorded: Talent Studio, Oslo, Norway; May 1976
Released: 1976
Label: ECM

Producer: Manfred Eicher
Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug

Cover photography: Franco Fontana
Layout: Sascha Kleia

This recording, with the short lived ensemble Rubisa Patrol, may someday be considered as one of the classic ECM recordings of all time – if the company evers sees fit to issue it on CD.

Some stunning compositions are present within a restrained, melodic concept, but please don’t term it new age.

While there is a spiritual quality present, it is not overbearing.

Four of the pieces are written by acoustic pianist Art Lande, with the standout track “Corinthian Melodies” a thing of sheer opulent beauty.

Trumpeter Mark Isham and Lande are the principal voices in this quartet, and the textures they conjure would set a precedent for what Isham would do for the bulk of his career in scoring for films.

Bassist Bill Douglass and drummer Glenn Cronkhite are as sensitive a lower dynamic rhyhmic team as can be.

This is contemporary improvised music non pariel, a relaxed, well-paced program that is here to soothe and reassure you.
~Michael G. Nastos


Art Lande biography:

An adventurous yet subtle improviser, Art Lande has long been one of the top jazz pianists based in Colorado, which accounts for his regional fame but general lack of notoriety despite his talents and originality.

He started having classical lessons when he was four, studied at Williams College, and moved to San Francisco in 1969.

Lande, who occasionally played electric piano in the 1970s, has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further.

In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson and in the mid-’70s had started his own jazz school.

In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol, which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983.

After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande moved to Boulder, CO, in 1987.

As a leader, Lande has recorded for ECM (four albums during 1973, 1976, 1977, and 1981), 1750 Arch (1977-1978), and the Great American Music Hall label (two sets during 1987-1988).
~Scott Yanow[]