Britt Robson

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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...


02/05/15    Albums

10--10th Anniversary: Best of-Live at the SFJAZZ Center
SFJAZZ Collective

The founding template for the SFJAZZ Collective, devised by saxophonist Joshua Redman and executive artistic director Randall Kline in 2004, was a stroke of genius. Recruit a stellar octet of musician-composers and underwrite a residency, tour and recording...


01/30/15    Albums

I Remember Cedar
David Hazeltine

I Remember Cedar represents the passing of a baton, with a lingering grip. Pianist Cedar Walton had a profound influence on the musical artistry of David Hazeltine. For his part, Walton once called Hazeltine “for sure the brightest star on the jazz piano...


01/06/15    Albums

Jason Jackson

Inspiration can’t really be classified as a vanity project, since its impresario, Jason Jackson, is neither a household name nor particularly interested in becoming one. But Jackson composed five of its 10 songs, arranged six of them, performed trombone...


01/05/15    Albums

Somos Agua
Tony Malaby Tamarindo

Tamarindo is a power trio that takes its time, conserving space and making sagacious use of its outsized collective talent. Tony Malaby sustains oblong notes and deploys silence as well as any saxophonist this side of Roscoe Mitchell, and is fond of building...


12/31/14    Albums

Dark Nights
Avishai Cohen's Triveni

For the third Triveni album, trumpeter Avishai Cohen departs from the norm by adding electronic overdubs and/or guest artists on four of the 10 songs. He also promotes concentrated spontaneity by presenting the material to his triomates Omer Avital (bass...


12/22/14    Albums

Fire on the Nile
Dean Magraw & Eric Kamau Gravatt

Dean Magraw and Eric Kamau Gravatt have been honing their approach to improvised guitar-percussion duets on a fairly regular basis for a couple of years now at night spots and festivals in and around the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Magraw playfully calls his...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009