Britt Robson

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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...


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...


08/31/13    Albums

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...


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...


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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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009