Britt Robson

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10/30/14    Albums

The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite
Anthony Branker & Wordplay

Anthony Branker has released an album on the Origin label every year since 2009, honing a hybrid of freewheeling postbop and social commentary, abetted by judicious dollops of funk, fusion, spoken word, clave and polyrhythmic percussion. That’s a heady stew...


06/28/14    Albums

Gathering Light
Oran Etkin

Oran Etkin, a native Israeli clarinetist-saxophonist and ardent proponent of melded cultures, sows gratitude for his world travels throughout Gathering Light . Indeed, his song called “Gratitude” initiated these sessions, prompting a display of effusive...


06/27/14    Albums

Leave the Door Open
Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar Multiplicity

To say an artist “is challenging himself” is a tired cliché, so let’s simply note that guitarist-composer Joel Harrison exhibits uncommon curiosity and endurance in his search for different ways to make his music beautiful and visceral. On Leave the Door...


06/26/14    Albums

Outside the Line
Peter Brendler

Peter Brendler’s recent projects include an austere collection of duets with guitarist John Abercrombie and a couple of wild and wooly albums with intrepid saxophonist Jon Irabagon. That broad spectrum made it difficult to guess how the young bassist would...


06/21/14    Albums

Rhapsody In Gershwin
Ted Rosenthal Trio

Whether or not you endorse the finished product, it is hard to argue against Ted Rosenthal being at the helm of a piano-trio rendition of George Gershwin’s opus, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Rosenthal has played the piece solo and with symphonies. As a former Thelonious...


05/22/14    Albums


The prolific, serpentine discography of Dave Douglas continues. On Riverside the intrepid trumpeter-composer teams up with Montreal reed player Chet Doxas for a band paying creative tribute to Jimmy Giuffre, with former Giuffre cohort Steve Swallow on electric...


05/05/14    Albums

Sackbut Stomp
Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut

People of all ages and persuasions can’t help but be charmed by Big Sackbut on first listen. Like sumo wrestlers in action, this trombone-trio-plus-tuba immediately compels with its striking blend of largesse, brute strength and surprising grace and dexterity...


05/02/14    Albums

New Ammo
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Good luck coming up with a category for New Ammo , the first record for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in five years. The buffed-up octet tosses together the driving grooves of Phish-like jam bands, the itchy spasticity of Downtowners like the Lounge Lizards...


04/24/14    Albums

Parlor Series
John Clayton with Gerald Clayton

For years now, eminent bassist John Clayton has been pursuing what he calls a longstanding dream: asking pianists he admires to record duets in a manner so relaxed and intimate it’s as if they are playing in the parlor of his home. The now-deceased pianists...


03/30/14    Albums

Massive Threads
Kris Davis

Kris Davis clearly communicates abstract concepts, a talent that endears her work to intellectual listeners. The imagery that comes out of her piano can be vividly cinematic, but her compositional style ensures that the sonic movie will likely be of the...


02/25/14    Albums

Arc Trio
Mario Pavone

In planning his first live album after dozens of studio recordings as a leader or co-leader, septuagenarian bassist Mario Pavone wanted the music to capture some of what he heard on trio records fronted by idiosyncratic, genre-spanning pianists during the...


01/21/14    Albums

Plays the Max Roach Songbook
The Willie Jones III Sextet

Drummer Willie Jones III has put together a very idiosyncratic songbook to honor the seminal bop artist and activist Max Roach. Only two of the seven compositions are Roach originals. Just one track, Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You,” can be traced...


01/19/14    Albums

Roberto Fonseca

Yo is both a wry and accurate title, for keyboardist Roberto Fonseca has melded a scintillating and deeply affecting collection of Afro-Cuban jazz, folk and idiomatic street rhythms that warrants your attention. He goes headhunting for vintage Herbie Hancock...


01/19/14    Albums

Ted Nash Big Band

Ted Nash knows his way around big bands. The son and nephew of working musicians, before he had exited his teens Nash had already played regular gigs with large ensembles led by Quincy Jones, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Don Ellis and Gerry Mulligan. In his 20s he...


01/14/14    Albums

Sun Pictures
Linda Oh

The title of bassist-composer Linda Oh’s third CD refers to the oldest remaining outdoor movie theater, located in her former home country of Australia. But Sun Pictures is also an apt description of her seven original songs, which are gently upbeat and...


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...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009