Britt Robson

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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12/14/12    Undertones

Brooklyn Lines...Chicago Spaces
Klang

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...

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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...

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12/04/12    Undertones

Gratitude
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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11/30/12    Undertones

Leaf House
Jeff Davis

Drummer Jeff Davis is among the brigade of broadminded jazz composer-improvisers teeming out of Brooklyn. On his second outing as a leader, he cuts his ensemble down from six musicians to three and replaces his wife, Kris Davis, with Russ Lossing on piano...

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11/24/12    Undertones

Click Track Jazz: Slave to the Machine
Sean Wayland

Long established on the Sydney, Australia, jazz scene, keyboardist Sean Wayland, who has lived in New York since 2005, makes his biggest play for a heightened Stateside profile with this two-disc, 27-song collection. It’s instructive to know that he’s conservatory...

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11/21/12    Albums

Songs of Earth
Jessica Williams

If there were a lifetime achievement award for Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition, this veteran West Coast pianist would have it in her criminally modest trophy case. Her sixth disc for the Origin label supposedly differs from the others for its heavy...

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10/29/12    Albums

The Noguchi Sessions
Arturo O'Farrill

Give Arturo O’Farrill credit for guts. The 50-something leader-composer of splendid big bands and small ensembles chose to record the first solo piano record of his career in a single sitting. What’s more, he chose to record it inside a museum built by and...

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March 2011    Albums

The Far Side
Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory

A live recording from Germany’s Burghausen Festival in 2007, Far Side furthers Roscoe Mitchell’s distinctive mesh of brusque jazz and alert chamber music, spun by the double quartet of his Note Factory into a webbing of tensile strength and innovative textures...

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November 2009    Albums

Swinging, Singing, Playing
Count Basie Orchestra

This latest chapter in the Basie band legacy leads with a scintillating rendition of “Too Close for Comfort.” On that track, guest vocalist Nnenna Freelon swivels the singsong verses five different ways while the orchestra hews to its swinging template...

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Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009