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CD Review: Troy Roberts – Days Like These
On the up numbers such as Sly Old Dog Roberts goes for the jugular taking the tenor to the limit – soaring off the edge of the world – can a saxophone get rabies? Fortunately, just before the man in the white coat arrives, sly old dog that he is, Roberts takes it down to a mellow ending.
By contrast, Jack the Sipper is a cool bossa.
The opener, My Girl is Just Enough Woman For Me, often featured in a Stanley Turrentine setlist and Roberts, DeFrancesco and Tain take it along at a nice easy pace. The tenorman making his virtuosity known early on.
Kern’s Why Was I Born? is balladic perfection from both Roberts and Joey D with Watts, for once, suitably restrained (don’t get me wrong, JTW is a man for all seasons) and I don’t visualise the Kern estate taking action as they once did against Maynard Ferguson for his rendition of All the Things You Ain’t!
Trams is smart – literally. The bassline like the title is played backwards! Troy is seemingly fond of compositional games. It swings.
The Waltz of Parting Days is suitably melancholic although if it is in waltz time it’s not immediately apparent. It’s still very listenable as is the whole album.
Of the 8 tracks Roberts composed 6. Not many tenor players around who can retain the lyricism of yesterday whilst heading for tomorrow – Troy Roberts is one such player.