Accidental Beef is the 12th release of Canadian drummer Barry Romberg's Random Access series. The Random Access project has generated a 2005-2006 National Jazz Award nomination for best electric group. Having been on the Canadian jazz scene for 34 years, Romberg continues to freelance on the drums and produce collaborations with some of Canada's leading musicians. He has been featured on 50 recordings.
With only five tracks, Accidental Beef, recorded live at The Rex Hotel in Toronto, features Canadian musicians Hugh Marsh, Kevin Turcotte, Kelly Jefferson, Blair Mackay, Geoff Young and Rich Brown. The listener will be exposed to different musical compositions, from opener "Whoa Nellie," which features Young on guitars, "Blair's Choice," which highlights trio Turcotte (who rocks on the trumpet), Marsh and Jefferson to "Live Evil," which pays tribute to the late great Miles Davis. The title track also includes stellar ensemble playing.
"Make Up Your Mind" includes everyone and just when one improvisation draws you in, another one kicks in. In the CD cover, Romberg said that "'Accidental Beef' 'Whoa Nellie' and 'Live Evil' have a rhythmic structure, but the boys get to pick their own pitches. 'Blair's Choice' and 'Make Up Your Mind' are complete improvisations that go wherever they want to go." Whether the recording was contrived beforehand or during the live session, the end result is superb.