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Jason Robinson: The Two Faces of Janus

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Tenor saxophonist Jason Robinson marries intellect to sweat, brains to bawdiness, narrative to sidetrack, straight line to detour, familiarity to surprise-the dualities peppering this long, exciting disk go on.

The tunes shift meter, texture, and voice. Some feature Robinson solo; some pit him against peers/collaborators/alto saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and Marty Ehrlich (who also plays squonky bass clarinet) for more complex forays. Largely based in Greek and Roman mythology, with nods to Mexican lore, the nine tracks here roil, burn, involve. This is an album that continues to reveal. Even “The Twelfth Labor,” one of Robinson’s sweeter efforts, twists and turns, staying grounded along the way.

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