Britt Robson

Britt Robson’s Contributions

Zhenyastrigalev_span3

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...

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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...

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07/26/16    Albums

Dancing on the Inside
Whirlpool

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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05/14/16    Albums

Ubatuba
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...

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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...

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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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04/08/16    Albums

The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam
Thundercat

Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, is a genuine artist. We know this because at a pivotal, spotlight moment in his career—right on the heels of his vital contributions to a trio of magnificent recordings by Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington—he...

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04/02/16    Albums

Back Home
Melissa Aldana

Melissa Aldana is going to be an influential tenor saxophonist in jazz for decades to come. At 24 she won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, and followed it up with Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio a year later. Raised in a musical family...

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03/02/16    Albums

More Than Meets the Ear
Robin Eubanks Mass Line Big Band

Robin Eubanks has cut an impressively wide swath as a trombonist and composer, and his largest impact in both realms has been as a galvanizing member of ensembles. Those groups range from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers to the early bands of the M-BASE collective...

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02/17/16    Albums

Ticonderoga
Joe McPhee/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Charles Downs

Ticonderoga has an irresistible backstory. Jamie Saft and Joe Morris discovered a mutual love for John Coltrane’s much-maligned 1966 album Live at the Village Vanguard Again! Proclaiming Alice Coltrane his favorite pianist, Saft wanted to make a record inspired...

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02/05/16    Albums

Zephyr
Michael Musillami

Zephyr successfully achieves its modest ambition. Pride , released in 2014, was a two-hour extravaganza that abetted guitarist Michael Musillami’s trio with rugged, notable guests (Kris Davis, Mark Feldman, Jimmy Greene), containing a live disc revitalizing...

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02/03/16    Albums

Oscalypso
Erik Friedlander

Erik Friedlander first honored Oscar Pettiford in 2008 with Broken Arm Trio , a collection of originals inspired by Pettiford’s rediscovery of the cello after his busted wing became an obstacle to performing on the larger bass. Oscalypso goes a step further...

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01/04/16    Albums

Homes
Gilad Hekselman

Homes is the most contemplative and tender of Gilad Hekselman’s five records to date, and the one that comes closest to the hushed, elegant dynamics the guitarist so obviously admires in the long-term piano trios of Ahmad Jamal and Bill Evans. For the first...

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About Britt Robson

Britt Robson joined the JazzTimes community on Oct 12, 2009