Britt Robson

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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...


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...


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...


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...


06/24/15    Albums

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...


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...


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...


05/14/15    Albums

Fast Future
Donny McCaslin

For quite a few years now, Donny McCaslin has slowly but surely been cajoling straight-ahead jazz fans into his idiosyncratic redefinition of fusion. A tenor saxophonist whose brawny tone and acrobatic phrasing recall mainstream masters like Michael Brecker...


05/07/15    Albums

Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth

Epicenter is Chris Lightcap’s tribute to his adopted home of New York City, as seven of its eight songs are taken from his Lost and Found in New York , the result of a commission from Chamber Music America. The album begins with an homage to Lightcap’s former...


05/04/15    Albums

Wild Man Dance
Charles Lloyd

On the cusp of his 77th birthday, saxophonist Charles Lloyd is of an age and stature where people seek to fete and frame the spellbinding sprawl of his musical lifetime. There has been the documentary film Arrows Into Infinity , the unearthing of remarkable...


04/06/15    Albums

Going Home
Joey Calderazzo

Joey Calderazzo has carved out a sneaky-good career for himself. Probably best known for replacing Kenny Kirkland in the piano chair of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, he has released nine discs as a leader over the past 24 years. Although they routinely...


03/24/15    Albums

Circuit Rider
Ron Miles

Guitarist Bill Frisell is the foremost, if not founding, practitioner of Americana jazz. But the ambiance conjured by that subgenre is never more beguiling than when Frisell sidles into projects led by his longtime friend and cohort, cornetist-trumpeter...


03/16/15    Albums

The Now
Aaron Goldberg

The Now marks the fifth tersely titled disc in 16 years for pianist Aaron Goldberg’s trio with drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rogers. An obvious parallel to this persistent dedication to art and craft is the Brad Mehldau Trio, led by another pianist...


03/12/15    Albums

Songs for Quintet
Kenny Wheeler

Songs for Quintet is a surprisingly strong benediction upon the career of Kenny Wheeler, who passed away due to a long illness nine months after this December 2013 recording, his final session with other musicians. Wheeler, on flugelhorn, lacks the voluptuous...


03/08/15    Albums

Bird Calls
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Alto saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa has usually been most riveting when engaged in collaborative projects. While Raw Materials, his duo with pianist Vijay Iyer, is probably most renowned, Mahanthappa’s best creative partnerships have often...


02/10/15    Albums

City Folk
James Farm

On City Folk the heralded quartet James Farm indicates they are in it for the long haul. The song-based, ensemble-first aesthetic that guided their eponymous debut three years ago has only deepened, with the composers taking more liberties than the soloists...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009