Chicagoan double bassist Jason Roebke has developed a distinct sound of his own, intensely physical, audacious and highly rhythmical. He leads and plays in bands on both sides of the Atlantic, including the trans-Atlantic The Whammies dedicated to the music of Steve Lacy, and drummer Mike Reed's People, Places and Things. Roebke's debut recording of his new quartet Combination introduces an alien sonic variable into the well-tested equation of the post-bop, free jazz trio. Roebke, who played before in the electro-acoustic trio Tigersmilk (with Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics) adds the modular synthesizer of Brian ...read more
Seemingly the most complicated music is really the most simple; complexity might stem only from the mindful choices the performers make when they play. Yet, when the vocabulary of each performer is so well attuned to the possibilities of an unusual instrumental setting, then the choices for improvising, even though they might sound oddly pressured, are instinctual. What the musicians give each other musically and how each responds, generates the music.
This concept holds true on Throw Down Your Hammer And Sing, featuring the trio of Nate Wooley on trumpet, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics and Jason Roebke on ...read more
Dudley Bayne's fledgling Luminescence label was formed to capture moments in time that may never repeat again. The pianist found the Chicago scene a whirlwind of activity, with soon-to-be famous musicians forming multiple groups, and he began recording their shows. His Luminescence Live releases are a series of limited edition discs documenting some very creative music making.
Klang, recorded in 2007, is a quartet begun by Falzone that favors a modern chamber jazz sound. The reeedman--heard here on clarinet alone--is also a member of the French folk music group Le Bon Vent and Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, and ...read more
There's a pervasive quality of life to this one. Trombonist Jeb Bishop in particular, proves himself to be full of that quality, his rapid fire articulation tempered by a joy in subverting the inherent nature of his instrument. When bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Harris Eisenstadt take an interest in fatback funk that's of similar depth to his the result is music that's antithetical to the coldly cerebral.
The opening Round Two" might be a joke in its placement but it's not at the expense of the listener. Bishop knows his Roswell Rudd, though not to the extent that he's ...read more
The abstraction of improvised music, and the additional distance that a recording (over a live performance) subjects a listener to, may be cause for concern. But listeners open to the conceptual and possibly transcendental experience that such music brings are often rewarded. Listening to this duo between Jason Roebke and Brian Labycz is one of those premium experiences.
Recorded for the new limited edition (this one is of 100 copies) label Peira, this is a handmade package and a numbered CD-R. Label chief and electronic performer Brian Labycz is the curator of Chicago's Myopic Improvised Music ...read more
In some contexts, Chicago bassist Jason Roebke plays the sort of quiet sputters of sound that somehow gets lumped into jazz. His project Art Union Humanscape with dancer Ayako Kato performed at the Joyce Soho in September with Chicago ex-pat percussionist Tim Barnes in a setting of beauteous sound and silence. With his trio, however, he plays the kind of adventurous music built purely from lingua jazz but still managing to eclipse expectations. It's a feat not so often accomplished: composing within the tradition yet not relying on it and not delving wholly into unscripted improvisation. Roebke ...read more
The Chicago jazz/improvised music scene is legendary, whether the topic concerns the AACM school or more recent experimenters. Drawing upon the inspiration the past and local legends like Fred Anderson, Hal Russell and more recently, Ken Vandermark, the second and third waves consist of an amazingly diverse and invigorating talent pool, now emerging as impressive musicians with a heap of potential.
The three musicians of Jason Roebke’s Rapid Croche are part of this vibrant scene and play in a variety of ensembles. For instance, bassist Jason Roebke plays in the eclectic Tigermilk, in Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Fred Katz ...read more