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Herb Robertson

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Herb Robertson is an avant-garde jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and music producer. He combines a thorough command of traditional and extended techniques with a prodigious imagination.

Born in New Jersey, he began to play trumpet in school during the fifth grade. He was introduced to jazz two years later by his junior high music teacher including Miles Davis. Robertson began collecting jazz records, listening to all styles from Louis Armstrong to the avant-garde and especially the era’s hard bop. In high school he led a quintet that played dances. During 1969-73 he attended the Berklee School Of Music as an instrumental performance major, a period in which his improvisational skills became highly developed

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Article: Album Review

Simon Nabatov 3 + 2: Verbs

Read "Verbs" reviewed by John Sharpe


What constitutes a composition? German-based Russian-born pianist Simon Nabatov makes a convincing case that a simple verbal instruction can suffice on Verbs. It is not a claim he makes himself, but the six supposed improvisations each mines such a distinctive seam that, although spontaneously conceived without melody or other formal arrangement, the initial proposition proves enough. ...

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From The Source

Label: Fundacja Słuchaj
Released: 2023
Track listing: Something From The Past; High Tech #1; From The Source; My Song; An Internal Look; No One There At All (Written For Honi Coles).

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator

Read "Phil Haynes: Drummer, Bandleader, Composer & Educator" reviewed by Doug Hall


Veteran drummer/composer Phillip Haynes is featured on more than 85 releases from numerous American and European record labels. His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin and Dave Liebman; trumpeters Thomas Heberer, Herb Robertson and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David ...

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Ernst Bier - Mack Goldsbury Quartet feat. Herb Robertson & Matthias Bätzel - "A-Live at the A-Trane"

Label: Konnex Records KCD 5113
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. Sorry....? - Goldsbury/Robertson/Bätzel/Bier 3:24 2. Flotasia - Herb Robertson 7:43 3. Intending Heart - Mack Goldsbury 6:25 4. Fat Boy Chicago (Ansage) - 5. Fat Boy Chicago - Lindsey Horner 11:48 6. Dukes Voice - Mack Goldsbury 6:53 7. Surgin - Mack Goldsbury 10:09 8. Sorry for what ?! - Goldsbury/Robertson/Bätzel/Bier 3:14

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A Silent Way

Label: Corner Store Jazz
Released: 2021
Track listing: Voyager; Search; Spirits; Consciousness; Questions; Stream; Clues; Path; Odyssey; Jungle; Nocturnal; A Silent Way; Possession; Meta; Shaman

Article: Album Review

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Undicesimo album per l'Orchestra New York di Satoko Fujii, qui composta di tredici elementi, dei quali ben nove già presenti nel primo lavoro, South Wind, risalente al lontano 1997. Il disco è registrato nel maggio del 2019 ed è uscito già lo scorso anno, ma merita egualmente grande attenzione, in quanto si tratta di un lavoro ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Satoko Fujii & Jim Yanda: Not So Silent In Their Ways

Read "Satoko Fujii & Jim Yanda: Not So Silent In Their Ways" reviewed by Doug Collette


If it's indeed true that free jazz is an acquired taste, the premise begs the question of whether it's an arbitrary choice or a preference that lies dormant in all musiclovers awaiting only that signal listening experience to pique the natural curiosity and, in turn, awaken an abiding interest to further pursue this arcane field of ...

Article: Album Review

Jim Yanda: A Silent Way

Read "A Silent Way" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Il titolo e i riferimenti evocati da questo album del chitarrista di avanguardia Jim Yanda, sono piuttosto scivolosi. Volutamente. Per fortuna John Cage ha già ampiamente chiarito che il silenzio non esiste in quanto tale e quindi il percorso silenzioso intrapreso da Yanda non ha punti in comune, se non nelle cose ovvie, con il percorso ...

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Article: Album Review

Ethan Iverson & Umbria Jazz Orchestra: Bud Powell in the 21st Century

Read "Bud Powell in the 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Da quando ha lasciato The Bad Plus l'attività di Ethan Iverson s'è sviluppata in più direzioni, passando da lavori strumentali in duo (con Mark Turner: Temporary Kings ECM 2018) o in quartetto (Common Practice ECM 2019) ad opere estese come il concerto per pianoforte con l'American Composers Orchestra (Concerto to Scale). Tra le altre cose ha ...


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