【Justin Robinson - In the Spur of the Moment】(2011) ★★★★

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Justin Robinson - In the Spur of the Moment(2011) ★★★★


By Takaaki Kondo, Toyko Jazz Review



Justin Robinson1968年マンハッタン生まれ。ご多分漏れずCharlie ParkerJackie McLeanに強く影響を受け13歳でサックスを始める。18歳でHarper Brothersに参加。その後Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott,Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band参加。最近ではRoy Hargrove Quintetのメンバーとして世界中を飛び回っていますね


本作は1991年の"Justin Time"に続く2枚目のリーダー作品。Larry Willis(P)Dwayne Burno(B)Willie Jones III(Ds)というメンバーで、2曲にRoy Hargroveが参加しています




オリジナル曲は無し。しかし日本人プロデューサーが演らせたがるような「ありきたり」で「コテコテの」スタンダード曲を選んでいないところが嬉しいです。Stephen Scott”In the Spur of the Moment”Roy Hargrove”Fathe”rGary Bartz”Nusia's Poem”Rodney Kendrick”N.a.C. ”Monk”Light Blu”eColtrane”Like Sonny”Harry Warren”An Affair To Remember”Parker”Cool Blues”"Musician's Standards"ってヤツですな。日本人企画だと絶対に出てこない素晴らしい曲ばかり




『選曲はMusicianに任せろ!オマエ等の何倍もの曲を知ってるんだ、Jazz Musicianは!』


さて演奏はと言えば「入魂の!」とか「ガッツ溢れる!」とかいうCD屋さんの謳い文句とは真逆の方向。この素晴らしいQuartetは、Straight AheadQualityの高い演奏を繰り広げています(その「普通」がどんなに難しいことか)。また"You Don't Know What Love""An Affair To Remember"のバラッド曲※でのJustinの朗々たる唄いっぷりも素敵です














Justin Robinson(as)

Larry Willis(p)

Dwayne Burno(b)

Willie Jones III(ds)

Roy Hargrove(tp)2,4


(Track Listings)

1. In the Spur of the Moment (Stephen Scott)

2. Father (Roy Hargrove)

3. You Don't Know What Love is

4. Nusia's Poem (Gary Bartz)

5. N.a.C. (Rodney Kendrick)

6. Light Blue (Thelonious Monk)

7. Like Sonny (John Coltrane)

8. An Affair To Remember (Harry Warren)

9. Cool Blues (Charlie Parker)


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Justin Robinson, one of today's premiere alto saxophonists, is unveiling his first CD in ten years entitled 'In The Spur Of The Moment.' It features Roy Hargrove on trumpet, Larry Willis on piano and Willie Jones III on drums. The CD is a blend of original compositions and standard ballads such as 'You Don't Know What Love Is' and 'An Affair To Remember.' Compositions by Thelonious Monk, Roy Hargrove and Gary Bartz are also featured.



Alto saxophonist Justin Robinson was born August 14, 1968, in Manhattan. He first picked up a horn at the age of 13, and honed his sound while attending the High School of Music and Arts (LaGuardia High School) in New York. Robinson developed a passion for the alto sax and, from the influences of Charlie Parker and Jackie McLean, crafted his own distinctive sound. Robinson has collaborated with eminent artists such as the Harper Brothers, Cecil Brooks III, Abbey Lincoln, Diana Ross, Little Jimmy Scott, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, The Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band, and most recently, The Roy Hargrove Big Band in addition to the Roy Hargrove Quintet. Justin Robinson wields a hefty portfolio: joined Harper Brothers at 18, debuted on Verve at 22, a decade's-worth of star sideman gigs. All of that hang-time paid off with his 1998 recording The Challenge on Arabesque Records. Penning six of the compositions, selecting an inspired posse of young ringers (Ron Blake, tenor sax; Stephen Scott, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; Dion Parsons, drums), Robinson also produced the whole shebang. Robinson also released as a solo artist Justin Time in 1991 with Verve Music Group label. It was produced by Bobby Watson, who also appears on the recording, in additon to Gary Bartz, on alto saxophones, and includes more young ringers of that time: Eddie Henderson - trumpet; Kenny Barron, Stephen Scott - pianos; Peter Washington - bass; Lewis Nash - drums. Justin Robinson lives in New Jersey and is currently touring with trumpeter Roy Hargrove.