Britt Robson

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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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04/05/13    Albums

Now Is
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten New York Quartet

An almost inevitable part of the process of collective improvisation is that period of motif-hatching uncertainty when the musicians are trying to sort out when they are trailblazing and when they are acknowledging common ground. Some free-jazz buffs want...

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04/03/13    Albums

Songs From This Season
Tim Green

Tim Green is a devout man, planful composer and adept alto saxophonist with noteworthy musical friends. These attributes comprise the raw materials for Songs From This Season , a debut of varied flavors yet consistent quality. Biblical scripture inspires...

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03/31/13    Albums

Gamak
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Is there a better rivalry in jazz today than the friendly competition between Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa? For many years they performed as a duo at European festivals, regularly appeared on each other’s records, and were frequently linked and referenced...

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03/21/13    Albums

Move
Hiromi

For better and for worse, Hiromi plays like a prodigy, coloring the listener’s first and second impressions in neon with her dazzling technique. Dense arpeggios circle with a gale force, yet the pianist’s crisp intonation never turns them to porridge. Dynamic...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009