162

Katy Roberts: Katy Roberts Quintet Live a L'Archipel

By

Sign in to view read count
The real challenge when doing a jazz album is achieving a perfect mix of energy, group interaction and musicality. Katy Roberts' album Live A l'Archipel is a perfect case in point. Roberts succeeded to gather around her musicians with different strong personalities that contribute to the force in her statement. She has been living in Paris for fourteen years now. After studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, she performed for about twenty years, especially with saxophonist Franck Lacy, in the US and Europe.

Recorded live in Paris on July 2003 by sound engineer Alain Gandolfi, Live A l'Archipel consists of some well chosen standards ("Zoltan," "You Are Too Beautiful," "Lush Life," "Moontrune") and two Roberts compositions—"Carol's Caprice" and "Oliver Missed The Spring," which Roberts wrote in memory of drummer Oliver Johnson. These compositions display Roberts' strong grounding in the styles of pianists such as McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and other innovative players.



Roberts displays advanced pianistic techniques and develops well-knit solos on "Moontrune" and "Zoltan," backed up by a creative tight rhythm section. Woodwind player Salim Washington and trumpeter Rasul Siddik develop typically energetic bebop solos on these tunes. The piano and saxophone duet on "You Are Too Beautiful" and "Lush Life" installs a warm ambience reinforced by Roberts' fine touch and musical sensitivity. Siddik plays the head to "Oliver Missed The Spring" on muted trumpet, punctuated by some sparse flute phrases which lead to a mournfully complete flute solo. The outcome is very charged emotionally.



The album closes with Lee Morgan's "Gigolo," on which the trumpet and sax weave very interesting countermelodies on the head, followed by a trumpet solo backed by Roberts' Tyner-esque harmonic and rhythmic comping. The drummer gives unity to the whole thing and supports the energy which emanates from the other musicians.



I have to say that Roberts' music gone through an obvious evolution since her earlier CD Katy Roberts Sextet recorded in May of 2002. The sound is fresh and overall, Live A l'Archipel is an innovative rendition of the tradition of bebop, hard bop, mainstream and some free jazz elements. I am waiting for more.



Visit Katy Roberts on the web.


Track Listing: Zoltan, Carol's Caprice, You Are Too Beautiful, Lush Life, Shade Of Jade, Moontrune, Oliver Missed The Spring, Horace T, Gigolo

Personnel: Katy Roberts: Piano; Salim Washington: Tenor Sax, Flute and Oboe; Rasul Siddik: Trumput, Flugelhorn; Brian Willson: Drums; Dominique Lemerle: Bass.

Title: Katy Roberts Quintet Live a L'Archipel | Year Released: 2004


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read ON Tour CD/LP/Track Review ON Tour
by John Kelman
Published: October 22, 2017
Read On a Distant Shore CD/LP/Track Review On a Distant Shore
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets CD/LP/Track Review Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 22, 2017
Read Signal 9 CD/LP/Track Review Signal 9
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 22, 2017
Read For the Love of You CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read Recent Developments CD/LP/Track Review Recent Developments
by John Sharpe
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by John Sharpe
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Triple Exposure" CD/LP/Track Review Triple Exposure
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "Endemic Ensemble: Tangled" CD/LP/Track Review Endemic Ensemble: Tangled
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review The Frequency Modulators Orchestra, Vol. 1
by Jim Olin
Published: October 17, 2017
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.