Britt Robson

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03/31/13    Albums

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Is there a better rivalry in jazz today than the friendly competition between Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa? For many years they performed as a duo at European festivals, regularly appeared on each other’s records, and were frequently linked and referenced...


03/21/13    Albums


For better and for worse, Hiromi plays like a prodigy, coloring the listener’s first and second impressions in neon with her dazzling technique. Dense arpeggios circle with a gale force, yet the pianist’s crisp intonation never turns them to porridge. Dynamic...


03/16/13    Albums

Special Edition
Jack DeJohnette

It’s easy to lose your bearings in the career of Jack DeJohnette. He has seemingly played everywhere with everyone—from the AACM, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Miles Davis to Bruce Hornsby, Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Frisell and Esperanza Spalding. None of those...


03/14/13    Albums

Family Life
Bill Carrothers

Early in his career, Bill Carrothers earned a decent living playing quality music in the jazz mecca of New York City for five years, but didn’t like the life he was building for himself and his family and decamped for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That...


02/28/13    Albums

The New Classic Trio
David Hazeltine

David Hazeltine is a consummate pro, meaning he plays with consistency, integrity and a creative faith in the wellspring of the mainstream. Fifteen years ago, the pianist put out the first of what would become three Classic Trio records featuring bassist...


02/24/13    Albums

Spun Tree
Michaël Attias

Michaël Attias is a saxophonist and composer who has worked with Anthony Braxton, which perhaps accounts for the allusive quality and segmented, Euro-classical tinge on what are still clearly jazz songs. Spun Tree is the debut of his quintet by the same...


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...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009