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Tenor sax is especially well suited to jazz voicing, and Joe Robinson has a gift when it comes to voicing jazz. The first edition was self-produced by Joe under Vivid Records and shows a remarkable sensitivity toward tone and balance. We asked Joe if there was anything he thought could be improved. He went back to the raw tracks and polished this gem to an even brighter sheen.
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JOE ROBINSON QUARTET, "While I'm Waiting" (release date 6/24/03)
Personnel: Joe Robinson (tenor sax), John Donaldson (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass), Spike Wells (drums)
". . . a refreshing slice of post Dexter Gordon music making. Saxophonist Joe Robinson (b. 1963) has played everything from rock to Cuban to Thelonious Monk tributes. His breathy tone conjures both Dexter, Stan Getz and curiously, the moody 1970’s feel of John Klemmer.
"The disc opens and closes with covers of Kenny Barron and Wayne Shorter. In between are four Robinson originals. The way they effortlessly swing Barron’s “Voyage” sets up the remainder of the record for success. This quartet features veteran drummer Spike Wells, the one-time house drummer for Ronnie Scott’s club, as a powerful rhythmic engine throughout. Together with bassist Simon Thorpe (Stacy Kent) the time never lags here, even on the ballads."
"When I first listened to While I'm Waiting, I thought, this is a quartet that has perfect harmony together as a playing unit. By the third listening, I reached the conclusion this is one of England's hidden secrets -- a great jazz sound that knows the ins and outs and beauty of straight-ahead/classic jazz."
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