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Scott Robinson: Plays C-Melody Saxophone: Melody from the Sky

Scott Robinson is a multiple reeds player whose musical collaborations range from Ruby Braff to Anthony Braxton. With this unusual album, he illustrates the versatility of the C-melody saxophone, an instrument that disappeared after brief glory in the 1920s when Frankie Trumbauer worked with trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke.

Robinson applies Trumbauer’s feathery sweetness to three of Bix’s hits: “Davenport Blues,” “Singin’ the Blues” and “For No Reason at All in C.” Adding heat to the sweet, Robinson burns through three originals: “C Here” suggests a John Coltrane/Elvin Jones coalition; “Ups and Downs” adds a trumpet groove; and “Yardville” goes bebop. The 16 tracks also include the contrast of Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan” and the classical “Le Cygne (The Swan).”

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