Britt Robson

Britt Robson’s Contributions

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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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03/16/13    Albums

Special Edition
Jack DeJohnette

It’s easy to lose your bearings in the career of Jack DeJohnette. He has seemingly played everywhere with everyone—from the AACM, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Miles Davis to Bruce Hornsby, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell and Esperanza Spalding. None of those...

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03/14/13    Albums

Family Life
Bill Carrothers

Early in his career, Bill Carrothers earned a decent living playing quality music in the jazz mecca of New York City for five years, but didn’t like the life he was building for himself and his family and decamped for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That...

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02/28/13    Albums

The New Classic Trio
David Hazeltine

David Hazeltine is a consummate pro, meaning he plays with consistency, integrity and a creative faith in the wellspring of the mainstream. Fifteen years ago, the pianist put out the first of what would become three Classic Trio records featuring bassist...

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02/24/13    Albums

Spun Tree
Michaël Attias

Michaël Attias is a saxophonist and composer who has worked with Anthony Braxton, which perhaps accounts for the allusive quality and segmented, Euro-classical tinge on what are still clearly jazz songs. Spun Tree is the debut of his quintet by the same...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009