Review: Carol Robbins – Taylor Street

Carol Robbins – TAYLOR STREET:  It’s been quite a while since I last reviewed Carol’s wonderful jazz harp work (issue # 127), but this new January 2017 release features nine all-original compositions performed with some mighty big names in jazz (Billy Childs on Piano/Fender Rhodes, Bob Sheppard doing sax/clarinet, Larry Koonse on Guitar, Curtis Taylor performing on trumpet, Darek Oles doing bass, Gary Novak on Drums and Ben Shepherd doing electric bass)… it’s a true stunner… every tune will carry you away into the jazz etherspace… just scope out the superb interplay between all the players and Carol’s harp on “Trekker” to become a (most willing) believer.  Some listeners are not dedicated to the harp as a jazz instrument – but they certainly will change their minds after listening to the vibrant 5:24 opener, “The Flight“… Billy’s keys are critical to this one, but all the players join Carol’s swirling high energy that Carol projects through the tune – this one SMOKES, volkz!

The title track alone will sate your jazz appetite (not to mention your ears) for months & years to come… “Taylor Street” was composed as a memory to Carol’s grandparents in Chicago’s Little Italy… Ben’s electric bass makes the piece literally SHIMMER with life.

Since my preference is always for laid-back (you know, “cool”) jazz, it was easy to choose “The Chill” as my personal favorite of the nine songs offered up for your jazz edification and enjoyment; beautiful sax from Bob on this one, too.  I give Carol and her cohorts a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.  Get more information on Carol’s webpage for this release.            Rotcod Zzaj


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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