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Joined by bassist Ed Schuller and drummer Ernst Bier, From A to Z marks something of a return to clarinetist Perry Robinson’s '60s roots as put forth on records like Henry Grimes’ The Call. Robinson is known as a stylistic traveler, cutting sessions of ethno-jazz fusion and even a date with folk-raga guitarist Peter Walker. Aside from a curious version of “Joe Hill,” composed by the leader’s father Earl Robinson, all the tunes here are by members of the trio and offer a spry free-bop sensibility, as well as a warm, appealing jauntiness. With bass and drums gently prodding, Robinson’s vocal whirligigs retain a bubbly logic throughout. The pieces are mostly short and range from the country ramble of “Loose Nuts” to free-time tonal explorations. His work in klezmer is represented by “Funky Giora”: a Middle Eastern dance anchored by Schuller’s rubbery pizzicato and a dryly expanded skiffle. Engaging serious improvisation with a jovial lightness makes this album a perfect introduction to Robinson’s work.


Born: September 17, 1938 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Throughout his career, Perry Robinson has sought to do the near-impossible: establish himself as an avant-garde leader on an instrument still closely associated with the swing era. After extensive formal study (including the Lenox School of Jazz in 1959), Robinson played with such advanced musicians as Paul Bley, Archie Shepp, and Bill Dixon. He was with Roswell Rudd's quintet in 1968, appeared on several works by the Jazz Composers' Orchestra, and in 1972 worked with Gunter Hampel. In...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 01, 2010

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