Britt Robson

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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...


12/18/14    Albums

The Great Lakes Suite
Wadada Leo Smith

Composer-trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has set an impossibly high bar for himself recently with a pair of politically trenchant, inventively knotty large ensemble projects, his magnum opus Ten Freedom Summers (2012) and Occupy the World (2013). The Great Lakes...


11/28/14    Albums

Kenny Werner

Kenny Werner suggests that Coalition be the name of this bass-less quintet as well as the title of their debut, and the often-roiling alliance of cultures at play here fortifies the moniker on both counts. In the liner notes, he says he built the group around...


11/24/14    Albums

Ali Jackson

Ali Jackson is a loyal acolyte of Wynton Marsalis. The trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center artistic director became something of a father figure to Jackson after his dad died, and he’s helped shepherd the drummer’s career right up through his current position...


11/14/14    Albums

A Touch of Radiance
Yelena Eckemoff Quintet

Proof that Russian pianist Yelena Eckemoff is an extraordinary composer is evident from the phenomenal musicians she was able to recruit for her first-ever collection of original music for quintet. The august rhythm tandem of drummer Billy Hart and bassist...


11/12/14    Albums

Love and Ghosts
Farmers By Nature

The abundance of talent, trust, self-confidence, patience and intuition required to collectively improvise at such a high level for more than an hour at a time is possessed by the three members of Farmers by Nature and precious few others. The trio’s third...


10/31/14    Albums

A Tribute to Wayne Shorter
Dave Liebman Big Band

The reputation of composer Wayne Shorter is a growth stock likely to continue to soar for decades on end. But unlike Duke Ellington or even Charles Mingus, Shorter has written relatively little for large ensembles. Still, his supple melodies, harmonic sophistication...


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...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009