Britt Robson

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11/20/16    Albums

What Was Said
Tord Gustavsen

What Was Said is imbued with the pristine austerity and profound contemplation of a vintage ECM record. While the iconic German label has broadened its stylistic offerings considerably over the years, it has consistently opted for artists like the Norwegian...


11/19/16    Albums

Something Gold, Something Blue
Tom Harrell

From 2007 to 2011, trumpeter Tom Harrell delivered a magnificently consistent torrent of all-original material for his stable working quintet: four albums and 36 songs without a cover in the bunch. The five records since then have tinkered with the formula...


11/17/16    Albums

Strength & Power
Roswell Rudd/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi

Strength & Power shows how opting for brute force in a totally improvised context can yield the sort of explosively coherent free jazz that transcends noisemaker stereotypes. The trio of pianist Jamie Saft, acoustic bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs...


11/06/16    Albums

What We Bring
Ben Wendel

Ben Wendel’s mother sang opera professionally for nearly 25 years. The saxophonist has toured with Snoop Dogg, is a huge fan of electronica and is best known for his membership in Kneebody, an eclectic quintet that grooves forth with its own slanted and...


11/02/16    Albums

Music of Weather Report
Miroslav Vitous

The departure of founding Weather Report bassist Miroslav Vitous, after just three years in the early ’70s, is not widely lamented, since it eventually led the band to the godhead Jaco Pastorious (and, in between, the funky Alphonso Johnson). But Music of...


10/31/16    Albums

Cinema Spiral
Jason Roebke Octet

The Jason Roebke Octet is the gathering of a tribe, a robust contingent of Chicago-based bandleaders who came to prominence mostly during the aughts and frequently play on each other’s records. The group’s 2014 debut, High/Red/Center , was a bruising, squalling...


09/10/16    Albums

Luis Perdomo

The Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo is more than just a Latin-jazz titan (although much of his work with Miguel Zenón, and the Criss Cross label release The Infancia Project , is recommended in that vein). He’s also a postbopper who can burn, and a sensitive...


08/11/16    Albums

Never Group
Zhenya Strigalev

If nothing else, Zhenya Strigalev deserves credit for bringing together electric bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Eric Harland, a distinctively resourceful and forceful rhythm section that is allowed to define Never Group . Harland tautly battens down the...


08/10/16    Albums

San Jose Suite
Etienne Charles

In theory, San Jose Suite is pointedly geographical. Armed with a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation (via Chamber Music America), trumpeter-composer Etienne Charles sought out indigenous people in the cities of San Jose in both California and Costa Rica...


07/26/16    Albums

Dancing on the Inside

The intimate folkloric sophistication that was the métier of drummer-composer Paul Motian is a tricky beast, too easily prone to becoming precious or banal in the wrong hands. By seamlessly adding cornetist Ron Miles to their all-originals second disc, the...


07/23/16    Albums

Early Americans
Jane Ira Bloom

How in the world is this Jane Ira Bloom’s first trio record? Nearly 40 years and now 16 albums into her career, the soprano saxophonist has the pellucid tone and timbre that merit the sunlight and scrutiny of a spare ensemble. Yes, there are two duo recordings...


07/11/16    Albums

Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam!
David Fiuczynski

David “Fuze” Fiuczynski dedicates his latest opus, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian MicroJam! , to Olivier Messiaen and the late hip-hop innovator J Dilla. The opening song is called “Loon-Y Tunes.” This is one of the most disciplined, finely crafted records he’s ever...


05/16/16    Albums

Soul Tree
Ed Cherry

Although he’s barely into his 60s, guitarist Ed Cherry has long been an old soul, keenly calibrated to the virtues of restraint. He played with Dizzy Gillespie (in ensembles from quartet to big band) for 14 years, and with leaders as disparate as Henry Threadgill...


05/14/16    Albums

Ingrid Laubrock

With four weighty, gnarly horn stylists (and her husband Tom Rainey on drums), Ingrid Laubrock gives new meaning to the phrase “heavy breathing” on Ubatuba . Indeed, the lead track, “Any Breathing Organism,” opens with a series of long gusts through saxophones...


05/09/16    Albums

In Paris: The ORTF Recordings
Larry Young

These 1960s European sessions capture organist Larry Young in a fruitful mid-period of his tragically short career: beyond the overt Jimmy Smith influences of his early material for Prestige, but not yet in the cosmic avant-jazz-rock orbit he would later...


05/04/16    Albums

Azul Infinito
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

ou need a magnifying glass to get through the copious liner notes of Azul Infinito , but it’s an illuminating slog. First, the composer-trombonist Ryan Keberle explains how a native of the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest fell in with South American musicians...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009