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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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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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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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The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Neuroplasticity pt. 1; Neuroplasticity pt. 2; Neuroplasticity pt. 3; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 13; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 1; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 2; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 4; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 1; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 2; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 3; Crossing The Threshold pt. 1; Crossing The Threshold pt. 2; Crossing The Threshold pt. 3; Crossing The Threshold pt. 4; Crossing The Threshold pt. 5; No Planet B pt. 1; No Planet B pt. 2.

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Plain

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Plain; Copy That; Cry From Hell; Break; Ramblin’ On; Slow Thinker; House Party Starting.

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Simon Nabatov: Plain

Read "Plain" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Dopo aver riallacciato proficui rapporti con l'ambiente musicale di New York (e il precedente album per la Clean Feed, Last Minute Theory lo dimostra), il pianista Simon Nabatov coinvolge altri notevoli esponenti del jazz più innovativo, in equilibrio tra mainstream avanzato e post-free. Nomi d'alto rilievo come il sassofonista Chris Speed, il trombettista Herb Robertson, il ...

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The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC

Read "The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC" reviewed by John Sharpe


The Complete Night presents forward looking trumpeters Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou in a series of long form improvisations from NYC venue The Stone in 2007, in a foursome with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey. The first set was previously issued as Each Part A Whole on Robertson's Ruby Flower imprint, but in its ...

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Article: Radio

John Zorn and The Downtown Scene (1983 - 1995)

Read "John Zorn and The Downtown Scene (1983 - 1995)" reviewed by Russell Perry


Never far from the pulse of jazz innovation, New York in the 1980s incubated what has become known as the “downtown scene." Radically multi-stylistic, the resulting music was unabashedly eclectic, celebrating influences from bebop to punk rock to cartoon music and eventually klezmer and Balkan music “From the shrill, colorful legacy of noise music and new ...

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Simon Nabatov with Chris Speed, Herb Robertson, John Hébert, Tom Rainey: Plain

Read "Plain" reviewed by Mark Corroto


How fitting is the comparison between the music of Simon Nabatov and a Matryoshka doll? The Russian-born American's music is a nesting of not dolls but musical genres, placed one inside the other. Classically trained as a child, he can often be found in the free jazz wilds, moving easily between European and American brands of ...

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Article: Album Review

The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC

Read "The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Listening to The MacroQuarktet calls to mind comedians Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. Did they warm up before an evening of improvisational comedy? Once on stage or a TV talk show, instantaneously they were 'on,' firing a superabundance of thoughts, jokes, impressions, etc at their audience. It is the same for the two improvised music sets ...


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