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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Humanity Part II, the oracular title of bassist Robert Sabin's new album, may summon images of a Mel Brooks parody (Part I must have slipped past us), the music itself is decidedly serious. In the liner notes, wherein he references Albert Camus, Ennio Morricone, John Carpenter, Ingmar Bergman, Maurice Ravel and Dario Argento, Sabin makes it quite clear that he and his tentet are scanning a road map that traverses musical pathways visibly (and audibly) removed from customary ports ...

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Robert Sabin: Humanity Part II

Read "Humanity Part II" reviewed by Troy Collins

Robert Sabin has a dark side. Although the New York-based bassist regularly serves as a sideman to such luminaries as Oliver Lake and Luis Bonilla, Sabin has revealed an abiding fascination with horror throughout his career, as documented on his 2005 Ranula Music debut Killdozer, based on Marvin Heemeyer's infamous armored bulldozer rampage in Colorado the previous year, and his 2007 sophomore follow-up Romero, an ode to George Romero's apocalyptic zombie films. Humanity Part II continues Sabin's investigation ...

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Robert Sabin: Romero

Read "Romero" reviewed by Troy Collins

Romero, bassist Robert Sabin's rousing and contemplative tribute to director George Romero's famous zombie films, yields an unusual, effective combination of two seemingly disparate disciplines, jazz and horror movies. Drawing inspiration from the classic trilogy of Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985), Sabin uses Romero's ripe cinematic metaphors assessing the frailty of the human condition as a thematic framework. Like Romero's films, his sophisticated compositions reveal a ...

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Robert Sabin: Romero

Read "Romero" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

New York bassist Robert Sabin's Romero continues to deliver music that jolts the ears and psyche, as first heard on the 2005 recording Killdozer . This time around the music draws inspiration from none other than horror film director George A. Romero, whose cult classics include Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978).Nothing is quite like a jazz musician playing outside of the mainstream music (e.g. Miles Davis' later years). Sabin and the ...

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Robert Sabin: Killdozer

Read "Killdozer" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Killdozer is the collision of a warped (in a good way) jazz bassist with a free saxophonist and a purple-hazed hot guitarist. For those who already know bassist and educator Robert Sabin, this will come as no surprise. He's been involved in many projects in the New York music scene with Brain Spray, Spirit Gang and his own “avant goth electric neo jazz group, featured on this eponymous 2005 release. Name your poison--jazz rock or punk jazz--but ...