Britt Robson

Britt Robson’s Contributions

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10/20/13    Albums

Blessed
Scott Neumann Neu3 Trio

Drummer Scott Neumann has played Sun Ra tunes and fusion, toured and recorded with newgrass banjoist Tony Trischka and compiled a sideman résumé that ranges from Woody Herman to Joshua Redman to Maria Schneider. But on Blessed , his originals-heavy second...

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10/18/13    Albums

Border-Free
Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers

Border-Free is a companion piece and a doubling-down on Chucho Valdés’ magnificent Chucho’s Steps album from 2010. Valdés has retained most of his Afro-Cuban Messengers (although the drummer and bassist are new, the percussionist, vocalist/bata player and...

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10/17/13    Albums

Wolfgang
Warren Wolf

On the strength of his membership in ensembles led by Christian McBride and Aaron Diehl and his own auspicious Mack Avenue debut in 2011, Warren Wolf appears on a path to stardom as arguably the most exciting bop vibraphonist since Bobby Hutcherson. For...

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10/12/13    Albums

From the Hip
Kikoski/Carpenter/Novak/Sheppard

Pianist David Kikoski would have made a marvelous Jazz Messenger; his blend of block chords and stirring single-note runs are well suited for hard bop. But tutelage under a more variegated, just slightly less intense timekeeper-bandleader, Roy Haynes, helped...

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09/14/13    Albums

Bridges
David Ake

No one should ever accuse David Ake of bowing to commercial dictates. Bridges is just the pianist’s third recording in 15 years, yet he doesn’t hype the sterling sextet (he’s with trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Peter Epstein, bassist...

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09/02/13    Albums

Truth and Actuality
The Aperturistic Trio

Each member of this trio has excelled at the often-delicate task of supporting quirky, headstrong vocalists. Drummer Steve Williams spent years outlining the shadows of Shirley Horn’s capacious interpretations. Bassist Harvie S will always have his numerous...

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08/31/13    Albums

Blackside
Mark Gross

Mark Gross is not a composer and hadn’t headlined an album for many years before Blackside . But the saxophonist does possess ample and esteemed experience in both big bands and small ensembles, and was thus able to assemble a top-notch band for this project...

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08/08/13    Albums

Live Today
Derrick Hodge

Bassist Derrick Hodge was a palpable presence last year on Black Radio , Robert Glasper’s commercially successful mash-up of jazz, hip-hop and soul music. Hodge’s debut as a leader, Live Today , deploys many of the same core musicians and invokes a similar...

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08/01/13    Albums

Creole Soul
Etienne Charles

Extensive jazz scholarship can frequently result in music that is stuffy, stilted or just too precise. But in the case of Etienne Charles, it has helped him masterfully hone and integrate a project that could have easily been too arbitrary and unwieldy...

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07/25/13    Albums

Be Not So Long to Speak
Bobby Avey

At 28, Bobby Avey is already an auspicious artist. He won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition in 2011. He leveraged a Chamber Music America grant to travel to Haiti as research for his hour-long suite based on that country’s vodou...

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07/21/13    Albums

Firefly
Eri Yamamoto Trio

On the surface, Japanese pianist Eri Yamamoto may be the most conventional artist on the intrepid AUM Fidelity label. Yet there are virtues in Yamamoto’s music that are rarely heard elsewhere. One is the depth of her rapport with a rhythm section that has...

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06/24/13    Albums

Evoke
Stan Killian

Stan Killian is reminiscent of Jimmy Heath in that his compositions and tenor saxophone work make each other better, and reflect a stubbornly abstruse but still amiable sensibility. He’s a mainstream postbopper but favors layered riffs that don’t necessarily...

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06/23/13    Albums

Odean's Three
Odean Pope

udging from the similarities in their titles, packaging designs and mix of songs, Odean’s Three is meant as a pared-down sequel to Odean’s List from 2010. While the earlier album featured a five-horn frontline and a pianist, Odean’s Three puts Pope’s brawny...

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05/26/13    Albums

Cinema, Circus & Spaghetti (Sexmob Plays Fellini: The Music of Nino Rota)
Sexmob

For Sexmob’s first studio recording in eight years, leader Steven Bernstein chose to sample from five different soundtracks composed by Nino Rota for the films of Italian auteur Federico Fellini. After playing the arrangements on tour for an entire year...

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05/03/13    Albums

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
In a World of Mallets

In a World of Mallets highlights the growth of Jason Marsalis as a full-fledged vibraphonist. Sure, he worked on the instrument for years before releasing his first vibes album, Music Update , in 2009, but he hedged his bets with a handful of overdubbed...

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04/29/13    Albums

Elvin
Chico Freeman

Saxophonist Chico Freeman credits the innovative drummer Elvin Jones for taking him on his initial tours of Europe and the major jazz clubs of the U.S., and for procuring and appearing on his first recording as a leader, Beyond the Rain , in 1978. It’s a...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009