Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

284

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

Ken Dryden By

Sign in to view read count
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 four different recording sessions over a thirteen-year period, utilizing different combinations of rhythm sections. One is so used to seeing Scott Robinson playing such a wide variety of saxophones that it is easy to forget that he also plays other instruments, including echo cornet, flugelhorn, French horn, C-flute and E flat-soprano flute, plus alto clarinet, all heard on this release.

Robinson's session with organist Mike LeDonne produces some of the most unusual sounds of the date. On several tracks, he plays bass sax, which produces surprising results in the lush ballad "To You," the peppy "Three and One" and the greasy "TNA Blues"; Robinson makes the ungainly horn sound very melodic, sounding inspired by the late baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams (also a Jones/Lewis alum). For the gorgeous ballad "A Child is Born" (easily one of Jones' best tunes), Robinson creatively combines theremin as the lead voice with overdubbed alto clarinet to construct a unique treatment of this jazz standard, assisted by pianist Richard Wyands. Thad Jones' elder brother Hank makes a special appearance in a warm rendition of "All My Yesterdays" with Robinson playing a rich vibrato-filled tenor sax à la Ben Webster. This is no mere novelty release, but a thoughtful series of arrangements in honor of one of the best jazz composers of the 20th century.

Track Listing: Quietude; To You; Interloper; Don

Personnel: Scott Robinson: C-flute; C-melody sax, F-mezzo-soprano sax, tenor sax, thundersheet, bass sax, Eb-soprano flute, contrabass sarrusophone, theremin, alto clarinet, bell, echo cornet, French horn, flugelhorn; Mike LeDonne: Hammond B-3 organ; Richard Wyands: piano: Hank Jones: piano; Pat O

Title: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Thad Jones: Forever Lasting | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Arbors Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Rain or Shine CD/LP/Track Review Rain or Shine
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Copenhagen Live 1964 CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Somewhere Glimmer CD/LP/Track Review Somewhere Glimmer
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 15, 2017
Read Lattice CD/LP/Track Review Lattice
by John Sharpe
Published: December 14, 2017
Read I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert CD/LP/Track Review I Think I’m Going To Eat Dessert
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 14, 2017
Read "I Try To Remember Where I Come From" CD/LP/Track Review I Try To Remember Where I Come From
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 17, 2017
Read "Float The Edge" CD/LP/Track Review Float The Edge
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 25, 2017
Read "Rekihndled" CD/LP/Track Review Rekihndled
by Doug Collette
Published: April 8, 2017
Read "Chicago II" CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 16, 2017
Read "Hesitantly Pleasant" CD/LP/Track Review Hesitantly Pleasant
by John Sharpe
Published: November 12, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!