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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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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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Jason Robinson / Anthony Davis: Cerulean Landscape

Read "Cerulean Landscape" reviewed by Troy Collins

"If Ellington were to collaborate with science fiction author Samuel R. Delany, one might encounter a cerulean landscape." This evocative quote from the liner notes to Cerulean Landscape, multi-reedist Jason Robinson's long-awaited duo album with legendary pianist Anthony Davis, paints a vivid picture of their mutual admiration for the work of Duke Ellington and his colorful interpretations of the blues--in all its forms.Robinson has been performing live with Davis (his former professor) since 1998, subsequently recording their first ...


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