New Music For Friday October 25th
Troy Roberts – “Days Like These” – Toy Robot Music
In his eleventh release, Troy Roberts takes his place as a bandleader in his own right. What follows are eight works of traditional, mostly straight up jazz. The arrangements are well crafted and appear mostly complex, a nice feat given that there is basically only a trio – sax, organ and drums. On track three, “Trams,” Roberts admits “the melody is actually the bassline played backwards.” Hint: what is “Trams” backwards? So it’s fair to say he is having some fun along the way. Roberts is quite skilled on the saxophone and in total, there are three covers and five original works. What may be equally impressive is that “Days” was recorded live and in only one day. This makes for a “you are there” quality and demonstrates a certain spontaneity and versatility.