Troy Roberts receives a warming review from All About Jazz

Troy Roberts: Nu-Jive Perspective

 

Mike Jurkovic By MIKE JURKOVIC

Troy Roberts: Nu-Jive Perspective
Though still a pup age-wise, Australian-born saxophonist Troy Roberts has two Grammy nominations under his belt and has shared the stage and studio with luminaries that have defined the musical spectrum, including Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, Orrin Evans, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Nu-Jive Perspective, his eighth disc as leader and third with this globally boisterous quintet, is a youthful romp through all the sounds of New York’s neighborhoods.

 

Hovering in that cool zone between smooth soul and street-fueled growl, Roberts and his emphatic posse maintain a versatile, free-flowing dialogue that is clean and concise, never busy or cluttered. They are brimming with ideas as they follow Roberts’ acrobatic keening through the robust kick-off of “Fame & Four Tune,” “Slideshow,” and the lengthy workout “Through The Eyes of Psychoville.”

 

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