Winds of Change
MultiJazz Records 1990
All compositions by Scott Robinson, MultiJazz Music BMI, except
YOU'VE CHANGED (Carey-Discher, Melody Lane Publ. BMI).
- Night Lights (6:44)
- Rapture of the Deep (5:58)
- Tenor Twelve (7:32)
- Jeremy (2:16)
- Life Wish (6:49)
- East Harlem Scuffle (6:02)
- For Someone I Once Knew
- You've Changed (2:50)
- Life Wish (Take 2) (6:47)
- Jeremy (Take 2) (2:17)
- Scott Robinson: Tenor/Soprano/C-Soprano/Alto and Bass Saxophones,
Flute/Bass Flute, Trumpet, Alto Valve Trombone
- Niels Lan Doky: Piano
- Ira Coleman: Bass
- Terri Lyne Carrington: Drums
- Klaus Suonsaari: Drums
- Roberto Sanabria: Latin Percussion on East Harlem Scuffle
WINDS OF CHANGE ... changing winds. That's what jazz musician
Scott Robinson does all the time. From Trumpet to tenor saxophone, flute
to bass sax, cornet to valve trombone - wherever the music takes him.
But when I went to write a few words about Scott for this album, he
asked that maybe I shouldn't make a big deal about it. Never mind that only a
handful of players in the entire history of jass music, including no less than Benny
Carter and Ira Sullivan, have been able to do that - to be utterly fluent and at
home with both reed and brass instruments! My guess is that perhaps Scott was
afraid that people might view this versatility as a kind of gimmick, at the expense
of serious jazz music. But no such impression is possible once one listens to
this, his second album. This is definitive, original jazz music.
THOMAS C. McAULIFFE
"JAZZ CRITICS AND LISTENERS OFTEN have a tendency to pigeonhole musicians
into narrow stylistic categories. But you simply can't do this in the case of Scott Robinson.
Having worked with him on a number of occasions, I have
found that he is truly a man who has chosen to follow his
own path, but who never loses sight of the
traditions of the music. Whether he's playing just one
instrument, or a combination of horns on a particular piece,
his music is creative and original - and always
swinging. I'm sure that after listening to his new album,
you'll find that Scott, still in his twenties, will be an
important figure in the future of jazz music."
HORACE PARLAN COPENHAGEN, SEPTEMBER, 1988
Music, for me, is a kind of alchemy - a transformation of feelings and ideas into sound.
All experiences, from the joyous to the most painful, are potential raw materials for
musical expression. Changes in life bring about changes in the music.
The compositions on the album reflect a variety of events and impressions which have
affected my music in the last few years. NIGHT LIGHTS was written late one
night in Canada, after watching the northern lights play across the sky. RAPTURE
OF THE DEEP is a somewhat euphoric piece which features the deep, resonant sound
of the bass saxophone, an instrument I plan to use more in the future. It is in 7/4 meter
with a duple bass drum figure. Bass flute is also heard here. TENOR TWELVE is a
rather conventional 12-bar blues for the tenor sax. I switch to trumpet later in the piece
for a brief exchange with the drums. JEREMY is for my little nephew, who I am
sorry I will never meet. Like his life, it is short, yet filled with hope.
EAST HARLEM SCUFFLE reflects the flavor of my surroundings in "El Barrio,"
where I have lived for several years. The lively rhythms of the Latino community are
celebrated in this piece. FOR SOMEONE I ONCE KNEW is a sound partrait
in remembrance of my mother. It combines gentleness and beauty with inner
turmoil, ending in a peaceful but lonely silence. LIFE WISH is my response
to the increasing preoccupation with death and violence in newspapers, TV and films.
It is a reaffirmation of the value of life - and my thankfulness for living.
SCOTT ROBINSON NEW YORK CITY, OCTOBER 1988
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