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Roebke studied under Roscoe Mitchell (perhaps the Chicagoan) and likely picked up some inside/ outside lessons there. But Rapid Croche isn't otherwise reminiscent of Mitchell's explorations. Roebke writes long and sinewy post-Ornette leads that dissolve naturally into slow, open improvisations. They snake around and sneak up; there's no taking it from the top here. Instead, his heads create only a vague feeling of having been here before when they return.
The melody lines, for the most part, are carried by Aram Shelton, who's good on alto saxophone and great on clarinet. Tim Daisy (who has played with Shelton in Dragons 1976 and was recently hired for Ken Vandermark's quintet) punctuates without pushing, slipping in and out of meter as easily as the songs themselves wander behind trees and through mist. Rapid Croche is the kind of challenge that doesn't demand attention, doesn't talk louder if it's not getting a response. It's a patient record, quietly interesting and ready to offer more if asked.