“Rusted Man” is Russell Stedman, a musician and songwriter, originally from Christchurch, New Zealand. He and his family lived in his wife’s hometown of Penang, Malaysia from 1998 to 2014, and recently returned to Christchurch.
“Living Thing” consists of 11 songs in the jazz-rock genre. RM’s tastes (see faves) include Donald Fagan, Steely Dan, Sting, Seal, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny. Does the album reflect their superlative qualities? Dimly, perhaps. You be the judge.
This album has been gestating for over 20 years, distracted by a career in accounting and project management. Groove, rather than time, is of the essence.
But the time has come. And groove it does.
[3 November 2014]