Ruby Flower Catalog

Sketches From The Other Side, For A.I.
Sketches From The Other Side, For A.I.

RF01CD
HERB ROBERTSON & THE SPACE CADETS
“Sketches From The Other Side, For A.I.”

Available on iTunes


 

Tango Susurrado
Tango Susurrado

RF02CD
PANCHO BRAÑAS
“Tango Susurrado”

Available at Tidido


 

Passing The Torch
Passing The Torch

RFF03CD

HERB ROBERTSON & JEAN-LUC CAPPOZZO
“Passing The Torch”
Available at Pointculture

HERB ROBERTSON PRESENTS PASSING THE TORCH WITH  JEAN-LUC CAPPOZZO

Liner Notes by Bernard Prouteau


Il ne faut pas croire tout ce qu’on peut lire dans les dictionnaires qui affirment, par exemple, qu’un trompettiste est “une personne qui joue de la trompette”. Ce serait une stupidité de se contenter d’une définition aussi simpliste pour parler de musiciens tels que HERB ROBERTSON ou JEAN-LUC CAPPOZZO. Certes, ils jouent de la trompette ou, plus exactement, de nombreux instruments de la famille des trompettes, parfois même de simples parties de ces instruments ainsi que d’une panoplie d’accessoires qui peuvent s’ajouter à l’une ou à l’autre extrémité de ces tuyaux de cuivre enroulés sur eux-mêmes…  Mais ils jouent, en même temps d’un autre instrument dont le rôle dans la fabrication du son est largement aussi important que celui de la trompette : il s’agit de leur corps. Le corps avec son souffle, ses muscles, ses nerfs… Du diaphragme aux lèvres, la gorge, les cordes vocales, les joues, la langue sculptent les sons, colorent les timbres, inventant mille et une façons de mettre en vibration la colonne d’air, de lier ou séparer les notes, en slaps percutants, en growls granuleux, en wah-wah élastiques, en fuzz cotonneux, en flutters papillonnants, en glissandos vertigineux, en pulsations viscérales.
Et puis HERB et JEAN-LUC jouent d’un autre instrument, beaucoup plus mystérieux, plus profond, plus riche, plus sensible. Celui qui donne vie à leur musique. Ils jouent de leur propre histoire. Une histoire pétrie de leurs émotions et de leurs désirs. C’est là qu’ils trouvent l’énergie, l’empathie, la modestie, la générosité, l’humour qui animent et font vibrer leur musique. C’est là qu’ils puisent les souvenirs, les espoirs, les certitudes et les doutes qui lui donnent son sens. Deux trompettes, deux corps, deux personnalités…


 

 

Parallelisms

Parallelisms

RF04CD

HERB ROBERTSON, EVAN PARKER & AGUSTI FERNANDEZ
“Parallelisms”

Available on Discogs

HERB ROBERTSON PRESENTS PARALLELISMS WITH EVAN PARKER AND AGUSTI FERNANDEZ

Liner Notes by Scott Yanow

Throughout his productive career, Herb Robertson has been featured in a countless number of settings with his fellow members of the who’s who of  creative jazz. But even with his long list of musical accomplishments, Parallelisms is a unique recording. “Whenever I get involved in a project,” says the trumpeter, “I always try to have it be completely different than the one before. During the past couple of years I’ve been venturing ‘out’ even  more than before in free improvisation concepts.”

Robertson, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Agusti Fernandez first came together as members of Barry Guy’s New Orchestra. Operating as the  “high end” of the band, they had such a good connection that Parallelism resulted. “The concept of the album is that we are playing parallel to each  other, in addition to playing against each other, occasionally overlapping but also sometimes flying apart. We distort our instruments to the point
where they cannot be identified. Also, the music sometimes sounds like we are playing with electronics but it is actually acoustic. The ideal is to have our instruments practically play themselves while we are merely along for the ride.”

On the opening “Spore Attic Basement,” each of the instrumentalists have brief unaccompanied sections where their instruments sound quite  unusual before they interact in colorful and passionate fashion. This is one of three “realizations” by Robertson in which he provided a guide for the improvisations as opposed to the three completely free pieces.

“Trichotomy,” a made-up word symbolizing a three-way dichotomy, is a free improvisation that utilizes plenty of space, outbursts of emotion and  completely unpredictable interplay. “Parallelisms” has passionate upper register playing from the two horns (Parker almost sounds like a flute) and comments from Fernandez as they create three interdependent improvisations. “Susurration” means tranquil. “For that piece, I did not want any  movement or development, wanting it to stay as a drone, creating an outer space-type sound.” “The Living Daylight” is about light and energy,
containing some relatively playful moments during the intense improvisation, while “Vim Chattering,” which has Robertson making some bird sounds on his trumpet, is the most active piece on the album.

Herb Robertson has had a colorful life well worth several articles. The earliest music that made an impression on him were his father’s “watered- down dance band records by Jan Garber. I identified with the trumpet section and soon enjoyed listening to Al Hirt, Doc Severinsen and Herb Albert’s Tijuana Brass.” As a teenager he developed very impressive high note technique and was a big fan of Art Blakey and Horace Silver while keeping
an open mind towards more adventurous music. At Berklee, it was his hope to eventually play with the orchestras of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman or Stan Kenton, so at one point he was playing 25 hours a week with student big bands. After leaving Berklee in his senior year, he toured with  jazz/rock cover groups. “Those bands were loud and I had to play at top volume most of the time. We played six nights a week but the leader would
charge us for renting equipment and, at the end of the week I would owe the band money!  I finally blew my chops out, couldn’t play a note, and had to quit in the middle of a tour and go back home.”

Gradually recovering, he worked in the Catskills, met an older drummer who persuaded him to play freeform duets in their off hours, and was  encouraged to move to New York and work as an advanced improviser. “My whole concept of playing trumpet changed, I stopped trying to sound  like Freddie Hubbard, and I found my own voice. I was on my way.” Since then Herb Robertson, who found his initial fame playing with altoist Tim
Berne, has been a major force in the jazz world.

For the future, Herb Robertson plans to tour with Evan Parker and Agusti Fernandez but could then go in many different directions. “I hope to play  classical-oriented improvisations with Eastern Europeans, but I also have a project with Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek and Tom Rainey, and I’d love to record a Latin album too. But as far as my future hopes go, most of the time my goal is simply to get a high C out of the trumpet!”


 

Second Time
Second Time

RF05CD

CRITIC PICKS JAZZ TIMES 2009
CLAUDE MARC BOURGET
“Second Time”

Available on Diskunion Japan


 

Each Part A Whole
Each Part A Whole

RF06CD

BEST RELEASE ALL ABOUT JAZZ 2009
THE MACROQUARKET
“Each Part A Whole”

Available on Diskunion Japan


 

Antagonisti Androgeni

Antagonisti Androgeni

RF07CD
BIAGGIO COPPA
“Antagonista Androgeni”

Available on Deezer 


 

Monomyth

Monomyth

RF08CD

EDWARD RICART QUARTET
“Monomyth”

Available on Diskunion Japan


 

Travels In Tyme

Travels In Tyme

RF09CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Travels in Tyme”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Elements
Elements

 

RF10CD

ELLIOT LEVIN & DAVID HOTEP
“Elements”
Poetry
by
TRUDY MORSE
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

 

Emanate
Emanate

RF11CD
GARY JOSEPH HASSAY, WILLIAM PARKER & DANIEL CARTER
“Emanate I : William and Me”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Collage for Jack Kerouac
Collage for Jack Kerouac

RF12CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Collage for Jack Kerouac”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Aurora Dreaming

Aurora Dreaming I

RF13CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Aurora Dreaming I”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Aurora Dreaming II
Aurora Dreaming II

RF14CD
GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Aurora Dreaming”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Rust Belt I
Rust Belt I

RF15CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Rust Belt I”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Rust Belt II
Rust Belt II

RF16CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Rust Belt II”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Soul To Sol
Soul To Sol

RF17CD

MIGUEL ALGARIN & ALBEY BALGOCHIAN
“Soul to Sol”
Available on Amazon 


 

The Immeasurable Equation
The Immeasurable Equation

RF 18CD

MARSHALL ALLEN & ELLIOTT LEVIN
“The Immeasurable Equation”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Osirus In Orion I
Osirus In Orion I

RF19CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Osirus in Orion I”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Osirus In Orion II
Osirus In Orion II

RF20CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Osirus in Orion II”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Expansion
Expansion

RF21CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Expansion”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

Folk Songs and Folk Thoughts
Folk Songs and Folk Thoughts

RF22CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Folk Songs and Folk Thoughts”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Narration and Music
The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Narration and Music

RF23CD
EBRAAM WITH GUESTS & DEAN BOWMAN
“The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Narration and Music”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


 

The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Music
The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Music

RF24CD
EBRAAM WITH GUESTS
“The Extraordinary Love Story of Aye Aye and Fedor Music”
Available on Amazon and Create Space


Old Foghorn Soup

Old Foghorn Soup

RF25CD

GREGO APPLEGATE EDWARDS
“Old Foghorn Soup”

Available on Amazon and Create Space

 

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