Britt Robson

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01/06/14    Albums

Four Directions
Marc Cary Focus Trio

For an ensemble named Focus, Marc Cary’s trio sure does prefer a panoramic array of styles. The opening track on Four Directions , “Todi Blues,” is a burbling compound of classical Hindustani raga and Washington, D.C. go-go, with the tablas of Sameer Gupta...


01/02/14    Albums

The Oversoul Manual
Darius Jones

The Oversoul Manual is an ambitious and intrepid vocal opus by composer Darius Jones, who forsakes his alto saxophone and all other instruments aside from the four voices in the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit he has assembled for the project. Operating in all permutations...


12/26/13    Albums

Gathering Call
Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski

Gathering Call is much closer in spirit to the work of Matt Wilson’s other longstanding ensemble, the playful Arts & Crafts, than to his previous two Quartet discs, Humidity (2003) and That’s Gonna Leave a Mark! (2009). Part of that is due to the swapping...


12/23/13    Albums

Saturday Morning
Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal sounds like the luckiest man in the world on Saturday Morning . At 83, the pianist is able to express with magisterial power all the rhythms in his heart and moods in his soul. Perhaps it’s karmic payback for how underrated Jamal has been over...


12/20/13    Albums

Swing N' Dix
Jeff Lederer's Swing N' Dix

Depending on your distance from fifth-grade humor, the wordplay in the name of Jeff Lederer’s latest band is worthy of either a snicker or a cringe. But it also happens to be accurate: Swing n’ Dix is an irreverent but good-natured group that takes its cues...


12/06/13    Albums

Sabotage and Celebration
John Escreet

Because pianist John Escreet composes songs that are vivid and variegated in mood, tempo and complexity, he has been able to garner top-notch talent for the five albums he has released since 2008, two years after arriving in New York from his native England...


12/04/13    Albums

The Destructive Element
Harris Eisenstadt September Trio

Drummer-composer Harris Eisenstadt has a beguiling way of meshing simplicity and sophistication, a characteristic that seems most arresting in the context of his September Trio. It is the smallest of Eisenstadt’s regular ensembles, and features a pair of...


11/22/13    Albums

In This Life
Jamie Baum

Flutist-composer Jamie Baum’s previous albums included overt tributes to Bartók, Stravinsky, Ives and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, influences that form a nice approximation of the intricate chamber-jazz Baum put forth with her longstanding septet. On In This...


11/18/13    Albums

Just Listen
Joey Baron

A compelling case can be made for guitarist Bill Frisell as the most desirable duet partner in jazz—and for Joey Baron, now that Paul Motian has passed, as the most empathetic drummer to engage him. Having appeared on a dozen of each other’s records over...


10/28/13    Albums

Luis Perdomo

Links is a musical autobiography of sorts for Luis Perdomo. The Venezuelan pianist performs compositions by his classroom teachers from his native Caracas, the Manhattan School of Music and Queens College, as well as songs by his wife, a couple of hard-bop...


10/20/13    Albums

The Bones of Art
Steve Turre

Trombonist Steve Turre, a man of often-brusque opinions, has never disguised his distaste for the compromising frills some artists deploy to enhance their commercial appeal. By contrast, Turre’s own reputation has been boosted by his knack for coming up...


10/20/13    Albums

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...


10/18/13    Albums

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...


10/17/13    Albums

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...


10/12/13    Albums

From the Hip

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...


09/14/13    Albums

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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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009