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The Fonda/Stevens Group: Forever Real

The perpetual outrage I felt in my youth about inequity in the jazz biz has faded over the years. Some stuff’s going to be popular. Other stuff isn’t. Some fine players win critics’ polls. Others don’t. That trumpeter Herb Robertson doesn’t is almost enough to reawaken my dormant idealism.

On Forever Real Robertson displays an abundant creativity and a comprehensive knowledge of his horn’s possibilities. He’s the complete jazz trumpeter, as able to mix it up on bassist Joe Fonda’s “Forever Real,” a loose, bossa-like modal tune, as on the many free-time episodes that dot the various tracks.

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