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Jason Robinson and Anthony Davis: Cerulean Landscape

Before multi-instrumentalist Jason Robinson became one of the most respected soloists and bandleaders in jazz’s experimental wing, one of his professors was Anthony Davis, the composer and pianist who has established himself in jazz, classical and avant-garde circles. He and Robinson began working together in 1998, and Cerulean Landscape reunites them for the first time since 2001. It’s also one of the few sessions in recent years where Davis has been an active participant instrumentally as well as conceptually.

This is clearly a collaborative venture. Robinson and Davis each wrote three pieces, with a seventh by Jason Sherbundy. The roles continually alternate between soloist and accompanist, though many times that distinction becomes meaningless due to the large amount of unison/collective segments.

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