There aren’t many jazz musicians who’re cellists, and there aren’t many cellists like Hank Roberts. On Green, his return from semi-retirement, the Ithaca-based veteran of the Downtown music scene not only does what’s expected-that is, bow linear melodies-he also mimics the sound of guitar, sometimes plucking a folk revival chord or vamping on a blues lick. Throw in the occasional vocal and you’ve got a bandleader who barely needs a band. And yet he’s got a great one. Marc Ducret is the rare Metheny-style guitarist who can shred as convincingly as any headbanger. And Jim Black, who rounds out the trio, is one of the most musical drummers in jazz-one of the few, along with Joey Baron, to successfully incorporate the influence of underground rock.
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