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Bruno Råberg, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner: The Urgency of Now

Read "The Urgency of Now" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Bruno Råberg, sessantaseienne bassista svedese, Jason Robinson, quarantacinquenne sassofonista e polistrumentista californiano, e il veterano Bob Weiner, già batterista di Harry Belafonte (fra gli altri), tutti anche apprezzati docenti, uniscono le loro forze in questo bell'album che salvo eccezioni (indicate) mette in scena un'improvvisazione collettiva giocata nel segno di un intuito, una predisposizione, per la forma assolutamente esemplare. Ciò è determinato ovviamente da una profonda conoscenza reciproca, ma anche dal condividere una certa idea di improvvisazione esterna ...

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Jason Robinson: Harmonic Constituent

Read "Harmonic Constituent" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you've ever visited Mendocino County you would have a head start to appreciate saxophonist Jason Robinson's Harmonic Constituent. His week-long retreat to this magnificent Northern California coast inspired this ambitious and diverse recording. Robinson, a musical omnivore previously recorded with the quartet Cosmologic, his Henry Threadgill inspired Janus Ensemble, in duos with Anthony Davis and Eric Hofbauer, and in electro-acoustic settings, to name just a few of his diverse interests. Robinson's quartet here includes pianist Joshua White ...

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Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry

Read "Tiresian Symmetry" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Immersed in the myths of ancient Greece, multi-reedman Jason Robinson underscores this major work based on the prophet Tiresias, who lived as both a man and woman. Nonetheless, Robinson has proven that change and risk-taking via the power of his pen and acute technical skills have become a de facto standard. From a jazz standpoint, he employs an impressive support structure to carry out his strategy. Robinson's nonet is postured to mimic the finesse of a big band or blow ...

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Jason Robinson: Tiresian Symmetry

Read "Tiresian Symmetry" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Composer and reed player Jason Robinson tends to weave his musical projects with multiple and overlapping narrative layers, and Tiresian Symmetry is no different. It is more ambitious than his previous large ensemble project, The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), but still draws inspiration from Greek mythology. This time he was inspired by the mythical story of ancient soothsayer Tiresias, who lived seven lifetimes and, after a fateful series of encounters with copulating snakes, switched genders and then back ...

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Live Review

Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011

Read "Jason Robinson Janus Ensemble: San Diego, CA, June 2, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush


Jason Robinson Janus EnsembleDizzy'sSan Diego, CA June 2, 2011 Saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson--whose dual release of The Two Faces Of Janus (Cuneiform, 2010), and Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed, 2010), put him on the map of wider recognition--finally made his impending departure from San Diego official with this farewell concert, held at Dizzy's. Robinson has spent the better part of 13 years in San Diego since arriving in 1998 to study with renowned ...

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Jason Robinson: The Two Faces of Janus

Read "The Two Faces of Janus" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


In Roman mythology, Janus signified the god of entryways and beginnings, amid two heads that looked to the past and future. On The Two Faces of Janus, however, saxophonist Jason Robinson revealsa multi-contextual and many-sided stance, while maximizing the talents of his estimable support system. Robinson soars to a zenith during his alliances with reed man Marty Ehrlich and alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa on select works. But with the core ensemble, Robinson scores a highly literate set of ...

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Jason Robinson: Cerberus Reigning

Read "Cerberus Reigning" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius' classic “3 Views of a Secret" could adequately describe saxophonist Jason Robinson's three incredibly distinct recordings. Concurrent 2010 releases include The Two Faces of Janus (Cuneiform), with a tremendous ensemble featuring Drew Gress, Liberty Ellman, George Schuller, Marty Ehrlich and Rudresh Mahanthappa; and the more intimate, but equally daring duo collaboration, Cerulean Landscape (Clean Feed), with pianist Anthony Davis. The final piece to the trifecta, Cerberus Reigning , is an electro-acoustic solo project, with Robinson's saxophones ...

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Radio

The Jazz Session #224: Jason Robinson

The Jazz Session #224: Jason Robinson

Source: AAJ Staff


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Recording

Jason Robinson - The Two Faces of Janus (2010)

Jason Robinson - The Two Faces of Janus (2010)

Source: Something Else!

By Pico I've always had a hard time distinguishing West Coast jazz from East Coast jazz by ear. I mean. I know it's supposed to be a more smoothed-out “cooler" variant of the vigorous, sometimes jarring jazz that comes out of NYC and I know that guys like Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker and Bud Shank are closely associated with it, but are the differences really that significant? Jason Robinson, for one, doesn't think so. The saxophonist, flautist and composer blurs ...

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Interview

Saxphonist Jason Robinson Interviewed at All About Jazz...and More!

Saxphonist Jason Robinson Interviewed at All About Jazz...and More!

Source: Braithwaite & Katz Communications

Saxophonist Jason Robinson is alert and ready to work his place in the scheme of things, from jazz itself and music at large, to the existential particulars of philosophy. A supple technician with a penchant for abstract thought, he splices together different strains of theory and logic with combinatory takes on period, school and style. A deeply ingrained reverence and sense for jazz history comes out in his carefully calibrated, often composed body of multivalent, multicolored music. Equally informed by ...

"Wildy spontaneous..." -Don Heckman Los Angeles Times

"Robinson shines... Provocative and rewarding, Tandem makes it clear that Robinson's artistic evolution should be most fruitful." -George Varga San Diego Union Tribune

"wildly creative" -AMG (All Music Guide)

Robinson "brings some humor into the traditionally dour world of experimental music" -Cadence Magazine

"stimulating" -The Wire

"sessions of scouring and mercilessly carcinogenic improvisation; speak softly, and carry a big sax" -Prem Lall, KUSF 90.3 San Francisco

"Robinson's special gift is an emotional intensity that keeps things at the boiling point." -Jazz Now Magazine

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Ancestral Numbers I

Playscape Recordings
2024

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Harmonic Constituent

Playscape Recordings
2020

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The Urgency of Now

Creative Nation Music
2020

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Tiresian Symmetry

Cuneiform Records
2012

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The Two Faces of Janus

Cuneiform Records
2012

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Tiresian Simmetry

Cuneiform Records
2012

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