by Jim Santella
From Brooklyn, alto saxophonist Sammie Roberts interprets three jazz standards and two original compositions on this abbreviated program. His mellow tone and seamless phrasing pour delicately over the session, creating a clear atmosphere where swing rhythms and lyrical melodies unite. Preferring a no-nonsense instrumentation, Roberts works with double bass, piano and drums while including samba and bossa nova in the program for variety.
The saxophonist delivers Summertime" gracefully with a focus on its blues shadow and the song's ...read more