Reviews that mention Scott Robinson

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