Remarkably timely jazz standards Henry Robinett Quartet – Jazz Standards Then, Vol 1

Remarkably timely jazz standards Henry Robinett Quartet – JAZZ STANDARDS THEN, VOL 1:  It’s quite amazing to me how remarkably timely the jazz standards that jazz guitarist Henry and his companions play on this album; especially considering that this album was actually recorded many years ago (about 19, to be specific).  Though I didn’t see any LIVE videos from this new release, you can listen to all the tracks…

…those can be listened to in their entirety when you SUBSCRIBE to Henry’s Topic Channel

Henry’s great jazz guitar work is complimented very nicely by piano from Joe Gilman, bass by Chris Symer and drums from Michael Stephans… what’s most clear on tunes like the 6:21 “Ill Wind” is that the quartet was having FUN with the music… which means the listener will have a BLAST!

Songs like the 4:41 closer, “Pinocchio“, will be favored by jazz DJ’s… I predict this tune will be getting some HUGE amounts of airplay… Henry’s guitar is just STELLAR on this piece.

The group’s performance on Mal Waldron’s “Soul Eyes” digs down deep into “mellow” territory… you’ll find yourself spinning this 6:57 track over and over again… the recording is just beautiful, and each of the players exhibits flawless execution of the song!

It was easy to choose my personal favorite of the ten tunes offered up… the sultry, yet upbeat, “Invitation“, keeps the pace rumbling right on along… truly one of the “jazziest” songs I’ve listened to (yet) in 2020.

I give Henry and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.  Get more information on Henry’s website.       Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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