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Bryn Roberts

Bryn Roberts is pianist, keyboardist and composer who is in demand in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has performed, toured and recorded extensively both as a leader and sideman, and is a mainstay at NYC jazz clubs like Smalls, Mezzrow, The Jazz Gallery, the 55 bar and Dizzy's. An acclaimed composer and bandleader, Roberts has four albums out featuring his own music: his debut “Present Tense”, “Ludlow” (featuring Seamus Blake, Drew Gress and Mark Ferber), “Fables” (featuring Seamus Blake, Orlando le Fleming and Johnathan Blake) and his most recent release, a duo album with guitarist Lage Lund called “Nightsong”


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Alan Ferber: Roots & Transitions

Read "Roots & Transitions" reviewed by Budd Kopman

The first thing that ought to be said about trombonist/composer/bandleader Alan Ferber's latest recording, Roots & Transitions, for his long-standing nonet is that the music holds up very well regardless of whether one knows the circumstances that surrounded its creation. However, this release marks an important milestone in Ferber's life--the birth of his first ...



Label: Nineteen Eight Records
Released: 2013
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Bryn Roberts: Fables

Read "Fables" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in Canada, pianist Bryn Roberts has enjoyed a prolific career as a session artist since moving to New York City in 2001. Snuggled within a modern mainstream vibe, his persuasive compositions pay homage to melodic content, often complemented by saxophonist Seamus Blake's burly delivery and fluid lines. Nonetheless, many of these works contain quite a ...


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Alan Ferber Nonet Plus Strings at Jazz Gallery on December 16, 2010

Read "Alan Ferber Nonet Plus Strings at Jazz Gallery on December 16, 2010" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Alan Ferber Nonet Plus StringsThe Jazz GalleryNew York City, USADecember 16, 2010 Despite having fewer members than an average big band, the concept of a nonet plus an eight-piece string section seems like a huge undertaking. Even the sight of violins and cellos in front of the large small group in ...



Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Ludlow; Indie; Fleure; Corrigan; Reruns; Eau De Vie; Dancing In The Dark; Hagamos Un Trato.


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Bryn Roberts: Ludlow

Read "Ludlow" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Ludlow is a showcase for the considerable gifts of the young Canadian pianist and composer Bryn Roberts. It's a sparkling, varied CD that gets better with each listen. The music is characterized by strong compositional frameworks and flowing improvisation. Pianist Roberts composed all the material on Ludlow except the standard “Dancing In The Dark." ...


Present Tense

Label: Disques BMR Records
Released: 2001


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Bryn Roberts: Present Tense

Read "Present Tense" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Young Montreal, Canada-based pianist, Bryn Roberts; a one time student of pianist extraordinaire Fred Hersch, exhibits complex compositional tendencies that perhaps skirt the fringes of both mainstream and modern jazz on his debut release, Present Tense. At twenty-four years of age, Roberts has already performed with legendary trumpeter/big-band leader Maynard Ferguson and here, garners sturdy support ...


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Bryn Roberts: Present Tense

Read "Present Tense" reviewed by James Nichols

“Spring is Here." A bittersweet notion says Bryn Roberts on his album Present Tense. The Rodgers and Hart chestnut receives a rather moody makeover that competes with the Bill Evans version in its gloom quotient. The group from Canada often resembles Keith Jarrett or any number of his label mates on ECM. The music skirts the ...


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