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Jeff Cosgrove / Scott Robinson / Ken Filiano: Hunters & Scavengers

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In the 1980s, artist Jenny Holzer created short, pithy statements projected by LED lights in museums and onto Times Square. Her now famous “Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise" text sums up not only the #MeToo movement and the #BlackLivesMatter cry, but also to some extent, the music industry. The vertical construction of many jazz ensembles, like in corporations, gave us a leader with an often interchangeable rhythm section. This trend toward verticality began to be reversed in improvised ...

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Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson: Snakeheads & Ladybugs

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This may be a brand new release for 2015, but it's been thirty years in the making. Drummer Jack Mouse and man-of-many-horns Scott Robinson have been contemplating putting together an album of freely-improvised duets since the '80s, and now they've finally found the time and place to make it happen. Snakeheads & Ladybugs presents a dozen aural concoctions that mark these men as players with big ears and strong communicative skills. Mouse and Robinson relish the opportunity ...

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Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson: Snakeheads & Ladybugs

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Jack Mouse plays drums; Scott Robinson plays almost everything else. So even though the word “duets" is (properly) used to describe their two-part collaboration on Snakeheads & Ladybugs, the album's concept and resolution go far beyond that. For example, there are no written compositions here, simply perceptive and spontaneous improvisation between two inordinately accomplished musicians. Free jazz? That label would not be misused. There are, on the other hand, prescribed conventions and boundaries to which both participants adhere. Even in ...

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Scott Robinson: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Thad Jones: Forever Lasting

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Thad Jones was best known as an outstanding composer/arranger, in addition to his abilities as a trumpeter and bandleader (various small groups, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra, the latter following Basie's Death). Scott Robinson has long been an admirer of Jones and he may be one of the first to devote an entire CD to the late composer's works, which includes fourteen songs, several of which have been rarely recorded. This release compiles selections from ...

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Scott Robinson & the Emil Viklicky Trio: Summertime

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Scott Robinson has been affected a bit by the Roland Kirk syndrome. His interest in and ability to play just about every saxophone ever invented--and some that haven't--has obscured his talent to listeners more comfortable with musicians that can be identified by a single instrument, in spite of being very active recently both as a leader and member of Joe Lovano's Nonet.

Pianist Emil Viklicky is the best known jazz musician working in the Czech Republic today but ...

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Scott Robinson: Jazz Ambassador

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Looking at Scott Robinson, with his large glasses, high forehead and generally owlish countenance, you might take him for some sort of scientist. Interestingly enough, that's not far from the truth. In fact, one of the New Jersey resident's latest endeavors involves converting his two-car garage to what he hopes will be a “sonic laboratory" for rehearsals and various recording projects. “I've always, deep down thought of myself as a kind of mad scientist type, so I've ...