Ultimate jazz sax review: Troy Roberts – Tales & Tones

Ultimate jazz sax Troy Roberts – TALES & TONES:  I can tell you right up-front, this young tenor/soprano sax player is one of my favorites, and has been ever since I reviewed his first release back in issue # 114… his supporting players are names in their own right…  Silvano Monasterios – piano (who has been reviewed here often, too); Robert Hurst – upright bass and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – drums… and they just WAIL on this new release!  As you scope out one of the mellowest sax trax on the scene today, the 7:21 “Trams“, you’ll hear why I’m such a fan of Troy’s work… just LISTEN to all those changes & rhythm shifts!

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more laid-back, you’ll just love “Pickapoppy“… Silvano’s piano on this one anchors the tune very nicely, but once again, they begin much heavier movement at about the 1:30 mark… just SO hip, peepz!  I didn’t realize it, but this is his 7th release… and (I think) his best yet; moods range all the way from that super-cool on Pickapoppy to git-on-down & funky on one of the best tunes I’ve ever heard from Troy, “Bernie’s Tune“… super-clear recording and top talent will make this one skyrocket into your “best jazz” category right way!

My personal favorite of the nine tunes offered up for your aural enjoyment is the swingin’ closer, “Boozy Bluesy“… the most mellow reeds you’ll ever listen to, for sure!  I give Troy & his stellar musicians a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this wonderful jazz journey.  Get more information about this fantastic artist at Troy’s website (and, of course, tell him you read about him here, please). 

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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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