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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Troy Collins

The widely acclaimed collaborative nature of the contemporary Chicago jazz scene is expertly demonstrated on Cinema Spiral, the sophomore effort by double bassist Jason Roebke's all-star Octet, which continues the creative in-roads made on the unit's celebrated 2014 Delmark Records debut, High/Red/Center. Starring eight of the Windy City's most intrepid improvisers, the ensemble features the muscular frontline of cornetist Josh Berman, trombonist Jeb Bishop, alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson, and bass clarinetist Jason Stein. Vibraphonist ...

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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If entropy is a scientific theory that describes how all things in nature tend towards a gradual decline and disorder, then Jason Roebke's Octet is the anti-entropy. His second octet release Cinema Spiral and the previous High/Red/Center (Delmark, 2014) make order out of the impression of chaos. Such is the enticement of jazz. It always has been. Ever since Louis Armstrong diverted from the sheet music, great jazz musicians, improvisers, leave the score behind, or use ...

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Jason Roebke Octet: Cinema Spiral

Read "Cinema Spiral" reviewed by John Sharpe

Bassists leading mid-size bands inevitably bring to mind the trail-blazing precedent established by Charles Mingus. Others like Dave Holland, Barry Guy and Adam Lane followed. To that roster can be added bassist Jason Roebke, one of the stalwarts of the productive Chicago scene. Cinema Spiral constitutes the sophomore effort by his Octet, following on from High/Red/Center (Delmark, 2014). He reunites the same raft of Windy City flair as on the debut outing for a continuous suite demarcated into seven parts ...

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Jason Roebke: Combination

Read "Combination" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Chicagoan double bassist Jason Roebke has developed a distinct sound of his own, intensely physical, audacious and highly rhythmical. He leads and plays in bands on both sides of the Atlantic, including the trans-Atlantic The Whammies dedicated to the music of Steve Lacy, and drummer Mike Reed's People, Places and Things. Roebke's debut recording of his new quartet Combination introduces an alien sonic variable into the well-tested equation of the post-bop, free jazz trio. Roebke, who ...

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Jason Roebke / Brian Labycz: Duo

Read "Duo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The abstraction of improvised music, and the additional distance that a recording (over a live performance) subjects a listener to, may be cause for concern. But listeners open to the conceptual and possibly transcendental experience that such music brings are often rewarded. Listening to this duo between Jason Roebke and Brian Labycz is one of those premium experiences.

Recorded for the new limited edition (this one is of 100 copies) label Peira, this is a handmade ...

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Jason Roebke: Rapid Croche

Read "Rapid Croche" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

In some contexts, Chicago bassist Jason Roebke plays the sort of quiet sputters of sound that somehow gets lumped into jazz. His project Art Union Humanscape with dancer Ayako Kato performed at the Joyce Soho in September with Chicago ex-pat percussionist Tim Barnes in a setting of beauteous sound and silence. With his trio, however, he plays the kind of adventurous music built purely from lingua jazz but still managing to eclipse expectations. It's a feat not so often accomplished: ...

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Jason Roebke: Rapid Croche

Read "Rapid Croche" reviewed by Jay Collins

The Chicago jazz/improvised music scene is legendary, whether the topic concerns the AACM school or more recent experimenters. Drawing upon the inspiration the past and local legends like Fred Anderson, Hal Russell and more recently, Ken Vandermark, the second and third waves consist of an amazingly diverse and invigorating talent pool, now emerging as impressive musicians with a heap of potential.

The three musicians of Jason Roebke’s Rapid Croche are part of this vibrant scene and play ...


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