Reviews that mention Scott Robinson

March 18, 2018

Matt Mitchell

A Pouting Grimace
Pi Recordings 71

Onze Heures Onze Orchestra

Vol 1

Onzeheurs Onze ONZ020

Having a singular, original vision is often cited as the best way to create outstanding music, more so when, as on these sessions here, concepts can be communicated to a large ensemble. Yet individualism doesn’t necessarily edge out a collegial approach. New York-based keyboardist Matt Mitchell for instance obviously aimed to create an original take on contemporary sounds that mixed notated, improvisational and electronic tropes, and he rounded up a dozen of the city’s most accomplished players to interpret his 10 compositions. Yet all too often on A Pouting Grimace, the composer and his associates appear to be leaping from one idea to another, exposing a variety of concepts, but with no logical continuum that draws together the detonating themes. MORE

January 16, 2018

Heliosonic Tone-tette

Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1
ScienSonic Laboratories SS10

Recorded on the same date as the 50th anniversary of the studio creation of The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra in 1965, the Saturian-American bandleader/keyboardist’s most influential and radical disc, Heliosonic Toneways Vol. 1 is an auspicious salute to that LP. Organized by reedist Scott Robinson who composed the heads and plays a music store’s worth of instruments here, Heliosonic was recorded by Richard Anderson, who also engineered Heliocentric, and features Arkestra leader Marshall Allen on piano and bass marimba as well as his expected alto saxophone and EVI. While Allen is the only holdover from the 1965 LP, among the other participants are those whose experience is on improvised music most exploratory side – with or without Sun Ra – baritone saxophonist/flutist Danny Ray Thompson, bassist clarinetist JD Parran and trombonist Frank Lacy, for instance; plus other accomplished contemporary jazzers such as trumpeter Philip Harper, alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry, percussionist Matt Wilson, bassist Pat O'Leary and bass trombonist Tim Newman. MORE

February 6, 2015

Jack Mouse & Scott Robinson

Snakeheads & Ladybugs
Tall Grass TG 8282

Roscoe Mitchell/Scott Robinson

Tone Ventures

Sciensonic SS07

By Ken Waxman

Unencumbered by shibboleths or styles, Scott Robinson has spent more than 30 years proving that musically one can be a jack of all trades, and a master of all. Having gigged with associates as different as Buck Clayton, Joe Lovano, Marshall Allen and Lionel Hampton, he’s more than adaptable. A crusader for obscure instruments, Robinson is proficient on such sound makers as the C-melody and bass saxophones, contrabass sarrusophone and baritone rothophone as well as cornet, clarinet and tenor saxophone. Like a tailor’s showroom mirrors that reveal you from many angles, these duo CDs illuminate multi-facets of Robinson’s sonic versatility. Snakeheads & Ladybugs matches him with Jack Mouse, a drummer-educator of equivalent experience. A graduate seminar in reed textures, Tone Ventures captures 14 instance of woodwind melding. His partner is Roscoe Mitchell, who has likewise mastered a music store-like collection of instruments. MORE