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William Roper: If I Ran the Circus

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William Roper makes an auspicious launch of his Tomato Sage Consortium Records with If I Ran the Circus, a collection of solos and small ensembles composed by Roper and featuring improvisations by veterans of the EAR Unit, the Terry sisters, Alex Cline, and of course Roper himself, among others. The compositions reflect the tuba player's unique sense of whimsy, drama, and spatial relations.

Playing out like a suite, “Three Guys on a Hilltop... features Roper, EAR Unit's Dorothy Stone on flute, and Alex Cline on percussion. The piece belongs to Stone, whose impassioned flutistry holds dominant voice. After ...

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Bobby Bradford/Francis Wong/William Roper: Purple Gums

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The San Francisco-based Asian Improv label continues to release remarkable sessions with Purple Gums, a wind trio with Bobby Bradford, William Roper, and Francis Wong. The resulting disc shows a band deeply attuned to each other's whims, and skillful in extending musical conversations.

"Baleen and Porpoises" begins with Roper's low notes on tuba. Bradford enters with a cornet fanfare, then Wong, and the two of them chase each other like pups. Roper's round smooth tone and fluency makes him an equal in these group improvisations. Wong introduces "Patois" with short bursts of notes, soon to be joined by Bradford playing ...

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William Roper with Judicanti Responsura & Zen Tsuba: Juneteenth

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California-based tubaist William Roper is among an elite few of virtuosi who are capable of extending their instruments range and capabilities to previously unvisited terrain. The artist is also known for his involvement with legendary new music/modern jazz icons Anthony Braxton and James Newton amid stints with other notables who generally alter or extend the tried and true into novel frameworks for improvisation/composition. With Juneteenth, his inaugural date as a leader, Roper injects his stunning technique into a series of pieces comprising elements of wit, whimsy and pathos.

Juneteenth denotes the date when the slaves of Eastern Texas were freed, ...

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William Roper with Judicanti Responsura & Zen Tsuba: Juneteenth

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California-based tubaist William Roper is among an elite few of virtuosi who are capable of extending their instruments range and capabilities to previously unvisited terrain. The artist is also known for his involvement with legendary new music/modern jazz icons Anthony Braxton and James Newton amid stints with other notables who generally alter or extend the tried and true into novel frameworks for improvisation/composition. With Juneteenth, his inaugural date as a leader, Roper injects his stunning technique into a series of pieces comprising elements of wit, whimsy and pathos.

Juneteenth denotes the date when the slaves of Eastern Texas were freed, ...

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William Roper, Francis Wong & Elliot Humberto Kavee: The Lament Of Absalom

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The tuba is an often-misunderstood instrument, especially within jazz circles. However, skilled artists such as William Roper and Howard Johnson to cite but a few, have made great strides incorporating this bulky and almost comical looking instrument into the jazz forefront. Roper has made quite a name for himself performing or recording with Yusef Lateef, Anthony Braxton, Dizzy Gillespie, Vinny Golia and numerous others. A true virtuoso who displays phenomenal technique, Roper along with fellow modern jazz explorers Francis Wong (woodwinds) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums, cello) entrench themselves in alluring dialogue and improvisation.

The stage is set on the ...



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