Troy Roberts receives a stunning review from The Jazz Word

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by Sylvannia Garutch

Every generation there are musicians that standout, those that show a versatility in their playing and offer a robust sound and spark that ignites the listener.  In the saxophone category, two such names seem to continuously rise to the top.  Joshua Redman and now Troy Roberts.  Two-time Grammy nominated Australian saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts was clearly also recognized by two other veteran jazz outfits Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People,’ Joey DeFrancesco Trio and The Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet, as he is a member of both touring groups and keeps a daunting schedule of travel across the globe.



Nu-Jive Perspective is Roberts 8th record as a leader and this outing is getting back to the beginning of Roberts recording roots with his longtime brothers in music Tim Jago: guitar; Silvano Monasterios: keyboard; Eric England: bass; and Dave Chiverton on drums. The group is electric, literally and allegorically, their sound is deeply based in groove and has a distinctly contemporary overtone. Roberts’ tone is darkly hued in rich flavorsome coloring and his ability to build upon motifs is stunning, not to mention when he wants to let go, his bombastic adventuresome flurries are still rooted firmly in the melody making the listen even more winsome.



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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