Britt Robson

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02/12/13    Albums

Respect Vol. 1
Roy Assaf

The “respect” of the title refers to Roy Assaf’s forebears on jazz piano; he honors 10 of them, in chronological order, from Count Basie to Danilo Pérez, before closing out with a pair of originals. His song choices are unconventional—sometimes to a fault...


02/10/13    Albums

Live in Paris
Ted Curson

There is a solid list of reasons why Live in Paris is a valuable keepsake. It’s the last non-posthumous release from trumpeter Ted Curson, who passed in November from heart failure at the age of 77. It features the music of Charles Mingus, Curson’s best...


02/07/13    Albums

The Gathering
Clayton Brothers and Friends

Foremost among their many attributes, the Clayton Brothers are the snazzy stewards of a timeless brand of funky hard bop that won’t go out of style so long as any of us have a hedonistic bone in our bodies. While they’ve set an unremittingly high standard...


02/05/13    Albums

Wires & Moss
Angelica Sanchez Quintet

Blending through-composition and group improvisation is an increasingly common but still stubbornly tricky enterprise, like managing the aesthetics of a kite in flight. The composer labors to concoct this skeletal contraption, starts running with it, then...


02/04/13    Albums

Long Way
Albare iTD

The Australian guitarist Albert Dadon (a.k.a. Albare) has assembled a top-notch band for this project, including Antonio Sanchez (drums), George Garzone (tenor sax) and Leo Genovese (piano). Unfortunately, the stylistic mesh doesn’t maximize their formidable...


01/24/13    Albums

Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.
Harold Mabern

Brisk, buoyant and gimmick-free, this straightahead quartet date is as unpretentiously satisfying as that first swig of cold beer after a hard day’s work. In the liner notes to Mr. Lucky , pianist Harold Mabern proclaims Sammy Davis Jr. to be “the greatest...


01/18/13    Albums

Life Carries Me This Way
Myra Melford

Partaking in Life Carries Me This Way reinforces the meaning of the word “delightful.” For the first solo piano album of her career, Myra Melford interprets 11 paintings loaned to her by a late, dear friend, the artist Don Reich. Hearing the music while...


01/12/13    Albums

William Parker Orchestra
Essence of Ellington: Live

You know that an orchestra organized by William Parker to pay tribute to Duke Ellington is going to result in something sprawling and stupendous, and Essence of Ellington doesn’t disappoint. At 60, Parker is taking evident satisfaction in being a free-jazz...


01/06/13    Albums

Live in Hollywood
Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band

The Latin jazz of Poncho Sanchez rolls on like a well-oiled machine, showcasing the verities that have made him North America’s (if not the world’s) most popular conguero-bandleader. Unlike last year’s Chano y Dizzy! with trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Live...


01/04/13    Albums

Listen Both Ways
George Schuller's Circle Wide

Drummer-composer George Schuller makes no secret of his preference for thorough circumspection. He named this quintet Circle Wide, entitled this record Listen Both Ways , and has the first, longest and probably best song on it pose the question “Could This...


01/02/13    Albums

Sky Road Songs
Elliott Sharp's Terraplane

Terraplane is the vehicle by which Downtown NYC guitarist-composer Elliott Sharp plumbs the blues. It’s not a casual flirtation: From the first Terraplane disc in 1994 up through this sixth recording, Sharp has demonstrated an authentic affinity for the...


12/20/12    Albums

And So We Carry On
Clifton Anderson

For approximately half his life and the lion’s share of his career, 55-year-old trombonist Clifton Anderson has suffered by comparison as the only other horn player onstage in a band with his uncle, the incomparable improviser Sonny Rollins. But Anderson’s...


12/19/12    Undertones

Anvil of the Lord
Ben Holmes Quartet

Ben Holmes is a trumpeter-composer who blends his investigations of Eastern European music with a patient, open-ended swirl of Euro-classical composition and jazz improvisation. This follow-up to his critically praised trio debut adds trombonist Curtis Hasselbring...


12/14/12    Undertones

Brooklyn Lines...Chicago Spaces

This fourth recording from the stable quartet assembled and led by Windy City clarinetist James Falzone is a charming yet still cerebral collection. Falzone keeps it simple, focused and lighthearted, composing every tune save for two spacious AACM-oriented...


12/08/12    Undertones

A Gambler's Hand
Sean Noonan

Sean Noonan is never boring. His last few records can accurately be described as Afro-Celtic punk-jazz with a fixation on boxing. A Gambler’s Hand is a concept album about an Irish gambler entombed behind a wall, and it features a string quartet and Noonan’s...


12/04/12    Undertones

Brandi Disterheft

Bassist Brandi Disterheft’s third record presents her first star-studded ensemble, with trumpeter Sean Jones and alto saxophonist Vincent Herring as lead horns (Anne Drummond is the flutist) and a rhythm section of drummer Gregory Hutchinson and pianist...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009