Britt Robson

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12/17/15    Albums

Time River
Miho Hazama

It makes sense that composer-arranger Miho Hazama would cite Maria Schneider and her Manhattan School of Music teacher Jim McNeely as the two most influential figures in her creative development. Time River , much like Hazama’s debut, Journey to Journey...

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12/09/15    Albums

Machine Language
Animation

In the wake of musician-composer Bob Belden’s sudden passing by heart attack at 58 last May, we are at least left with the satisfaction that his swan song is this eminently fascinating “cyberpunk opera,” a glorious twining of Philip K. Dick and electric...

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11/20/15    Albums

R&B
Adam Rogers/David Binney

Both Adam Rogers and David Binney are known for composing and playing ambitious originals that spring from postbop into a wealth of other genres and cultural hybrids. But on R&B , the two musicians are intent on crystallizing their longstanding familiarity...

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11/04/15    Albums

The Epic Botanical Beat Suite
Hu Vibrational

The Epic Botanical Beat Suite aims to blow your mind. Its songs are named after the resin of cannabis (“Charas”), and hallucinogens that you eat (the cactus “Hikuli”) and rub into your scalp (“Kwa-shi”). Its liner notes feature a quote from Tommy Chong...

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09/02/15    Albums

Viewpoint
Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition

Steve Smith and Vital Information are renowned, successful commodities. Smith has been named one of the top 25 drummers of all time by Modern Drummer magazine, and Vital Information, the ensemble Smith began in 1983 when he was still in Journey, has for...

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08/24/15    Albums

Intercambio
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet

Wayne Wallace is a fine trombonist but a better bandleader, and an exceptional conceptualist. His ingenious knack for re-contextualizing bop standards using Latin idioms, or simply splicing cultures guided by his instincts and imagination, turns the song...

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08/22/15    Albums

Open Road
Walt Weiskopf

If you love a top-notch tenor saxophonist playing at full throttle, Open Road will make you giddy. A stalwart veteran in his mid-50s, Walt Weiskopf does not have the notoriety his combustible talent deserves. He started as an adjunct, toiling in large ensembles...

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08/19/15    Albums

2nd Avenue: The Return of the Cello-Quartet
Joshua Breakstone

For decades, guitarist Joshua Breakstone has been a reliable purveyor of light, elegant bebop. On his last two albums for the Capri label, including this new offering, 2nd Avenue , he has successfully experimented with a cello quartet that expands his métier...

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08/18/15    Albums

The Melody
Kenny Werner

The Pirouet label out of Germany has established itself as a haven for pianists of staunch scholarship possessing an exquisite touch. Few fit that description better than Kenny Werner, who literally wrote the book on creativity— Effortless Mastery is his...

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08/03/15    Albums

High Risk
Dave Douglas

There is a resonance of Miles Davis on “Molten Sunset,” the lead song from High Risk by trumpeter Dave Douglas. The tone is brawny but bruised and forlorn. The attendant musicians beneath the clarion horn are in a cavernous mesh, a Miles touchstone from...

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07/31/15    Albums

Save Your Breath
Kris Davis Underground

The octet Infrasound is named for a low-frequency tone that is felt as much as heard. A phalanx of bass clarinetists—Oscar Noriega, Ben Goldberg, Andrew Bishop and Joachim Badenhorst—are the primary messengers of this mellifluous rumble, and are at the heart...

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07/23/15    Albums

In for a Penny, In for a Pound
Henry Threadgill Zooid

Saxophonist/flutist Henry Threadgill has deployed Zooid as his ensemble vehicle for 14 years now, longer than his marvelous, indelible tenures with Air and Very Very Circus. This group is the most schematic and controlled of the three, yet it continues to...

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07/11/15    Albums

Synovial Joints
Steve Coleman

Here’s a radical notion: The music of Steve Coleman is frequently fun to hear. As Coleman gathers prestigious grants like so many pelts—a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 2014 alone—and unfurls...

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06/24/15    Albums

Horizons
Lisa Hilton

Cynics can once again have a field day with Lisa Hilton, a composer-pianist who does not regard “easy listening” as dirty words. Hilton writes originals that unabashedly favor catchy melodic riffs and lyrical flow. This latest collection on her Ruby Slippers...

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06/06/15    Albums

Lake Effect
David Ake

Pianist David Ake’s Bridges was one of the best jazz outings of 2013, featuring a gentle kaleidoscope of taut yet off-kilter compositions for a sextet consisting of his fellow California Institute of the Arts alumni and associates, including Ravi Coltrane...

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05/27/15    Albums

Monk: The Lost Files
Clarence Penn & Penn Station

It is a testament to how singular and beloved the music of Thelonious Monk is that the slightest changes to it can be unsettling. Almost from the moment drummer Clarence Penn and his quartet Penn Station launch into “Well, You Needn’t,” Monk devotees will...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009