Herb Robertson

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Ritual Review

by Steve Loewy

These four segments are really one continuous free style improvisation between trumpeter Herb Robertson and drummer Phil Haynes, conveniently divided between pauses for listening purposes. There are extremes in dynamics and tempos, all of which are realistically captured by CIMP's unique engineering technique of recording unadulterated sound. In general, the beginning starts very softly, and gradually builds to a tumultuous conclusion. Robertson is a one-man horn section. He growls and slurps, but always in a melodic jazz context. While Robertson and Haynes are clearly blowing extemporaneously, they are such experienced masters of these types of spacious and creative constructs that it unfolds in logical fashion. Both instrumentalists are very aware of the importance of space and of varied timbres. While the end product requires concentrated listening (on which producer Robert D. Rusch explicates in the liner notes), it is worth the effort. The duo leads us on a journey that always leaves us wondering where it will lead; yet, after the fact, the choices seem logical, if not self-evident. An analogy to the visual arts is apropos.

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Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Herb Robertson 18:26 Amazon
2 Herb Robertson 06:44 Amazon
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