Troy Roberts – Stuff I Heard is reviewed by Audiophile Review

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Troy Roberts



Troy Roberts – “Stuff I Heard” Self-Released


By the time he was about twenty years old, Roberts had already been through the West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, received a Bachelor of Music and a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. His awards include three Downbeat SM Jazz Soloist awards and two Grammy nominations. He has performed with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and Christian McBride as well as contributing to about fifty works as a sideman. “Stuff I Heard” is his twelfth release of music under his own name. While his main instrument is the sax, he is not limited to it only. In fact, on this recording, he plays sax, acoustic and electric bass across all nine tracks. This is a traditional jazz release with complex melodies. With Roberts playing multiple instruments and the only other musician being Jimmy Macbride on drums, one might think this work might be a little thin. Not so. With the excellent arrangements, the overall presentation sounds like there are more than two performers. It ranges from very soft and reflective to upbeat and well-paced. Roberts wanted to push some boundaries with this release. How well he has done so is for him to decide. As for me, I thought it was outstanding.

Overall: 8

Sonics: 8

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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