Joe Robinson hails from the seaside town of Brighton, England. The rest of his bandmates are Englishmen as well, but you will be hard pressed to determine their home base when listening to While I'm Waiting. If you enjoy mainstream tunes, well crafted solos, and playing that remains primarily inside the changes, you will find this recording right up your alley. Four of Robinson's original compositions are on hand to help set the tone on the date.
There is no groundbreaking technique or trendsetting improvisation found here. Nevertheless, there is a good deal of polish and the ensemble sounds relaxed ...read more
Sitting on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, I won’t begin to expound on the politics of British jazz. All but ignored by Ken Burns’ Jazz series, you have to wonder if they have the equivalent of our Stanley Crouch and Wynton Marsalis show? Nonetheless, let us take this disc by the Joe Robinson Quartet free from US trends and fashion.
This six-track, forty-minute disc is a refreshing slice of post Dexter Gordon music making. Saxophonist Joe Robinson (b. 1963) has played everything from rock to Cuban to Thelonious Monk tributes. His breathy tone conjures both Dexter, ...read more