jueves, 30 de abril de 2015

Junior Cook Quartet - On A Misty Night (1990)

An expert hard bop tenor who tended to be overshadowed by more innovative contemporaries, Junior Cook was always a solid improviser. After playing with Dizzy Gillespie in 1958, Cook gained some fame for his longtime membership in the Horace Silver Quintet (1958-1964); when he and Blue Mitchell left the popular band, Cook played in Mitchell's quintet (1964-1969). Later associations included Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Louis Hayes (1975-1976), Bill Hardman (1979-1981), and the McCoy Tyner big band. In addition to many appearances as a sideman, Junior Cook recorded as a leader for Jazzland (1961), Catalyst (1977), Muse, and SteepleChase.

1. On a Misty Night
2. Innocent One
3. Wabash
4. You Know Who
5. Make the Girl Love Me
6. My Sweet Pumpkin
7. Nothing Ever Changes
8. I'll Go My Way by Myself

Leroy Williams - Drums
Walter Booker - Bass
Junior Cook - Tenor Sax
Mickey Tucker - Piano

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Junior Cook Quartet - The Place To Be (1989)

Original Release Date: January 1, 1989
Release Date: January 1, 1989
Label: SteepleChase
Copyright: (c) 1989 SteepleChase Productions ApS
Total Length: 1:00:52

Bass – Wayne Dockery
Drums – Leroy Williams
Piano – Mickey Tucker
Tenor Saxophone – Junior Cook

1. Cedar's Blues
2. I Should Have Known
3. Are You Real?
4. She Rote
5. Gnid
6. This Is The Place To Be
7. Over The Rainbow
8. Cup Bearer

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins


Troy Roberts - Secret Rhymes (2015)

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and 2 consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal for his performance on Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician”, and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the US extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans, Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa and Robby Ameen to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet comprised of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at NYC’s UN General Assembly Hall. More recently he was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held at Osaka Castle Park, Japan, sharing the stage with jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Roy Hargrove, Esperanza Spaulding, Sheila E, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Troy is based in New York City, continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe, and is currently celebrating his 6th record as a leader, Secret Rhymes (2015).

“The music of ‘Nu-Jive 5’ is an eclectic concoction of soul, R&B, electronica, gospel, and even glimpses of the 19th century romantic period – all musically glued together by each musician’s great sense of Jazz etiquette. However, the main concept behind the group is to serve as the meeting place of five great musical minds.” –Troy Roberts

“While jazz is so strongly identified as swing, it is nice to see the next gen carving out their sound and ideas. Roberts, along with his well-equipped ensemble, is certainly up to the task – creating a jazz record that employs great playing and abundant ideas. Roberts though young in age, certainly has an arsenal of abilities under his belt, and has the makings and foundation of a lasting great saxophonist. Versatile in style, with a strong grasp of yesterday and today, he is a force to be reckoned with no matter the setting. He is more than one to watch, he is one to follow closely.” – JazzTimes Magazine

“Whilst it’s not common to display virtuosity, it’s even rarer to be wonderfully creative while doing so. But the rarest of all gifts is to have a unique voice; a sound that is unmistakably your own, Troy Roberts has this gift. He amply demonstrates that it’s possible to pay homage to the great tenor players of jazz and still create a fresh approach that leaves the listener always in anticipation of what he’ll come up with next.” – James Morrison

“…Substance and style will triumph over pretentiousness and ego every time. Roberts has a resume that will certainly make one sit up and take notice having shared the stage with such luminaries as Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans and John Clayton. Nu-Jive 5 is Roberts fifth release as a leader and is brimming with vitality and that certain pop of originality that separates the “artist” from the “musician…” – Critical Jazz

Troy Roberts; tenor saxophone
Silvano Monasterios; piano
Chris Smith; bass
Jeff 'Tain' Watts; drums

1. 'Stella By Starlight' (V. Young)
2. 'Piano Concerto No. 2' (S. Prokofiev)
3. 'Trick or Treat' (T. Roberts)
4. 'Up Jumped Spring' (F. Hubbard)
5. 'The Little Things' (T. Roberts)
6. 'Eyes Pie' (T. Roberts)
7. 'Trip' (T. Roberts)
8. 'Secret Rhymes' (T. Roberts)

"Hearing is Everything" Peter Watkins