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Robi Botos Liner Notes

Robi Botos Liner Notes

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Published by Jesse Markowitz

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Published by: Jesse Markowitz on Oct 01, 2012
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Whatwehaveinthisrecordingisatruerepresentationofjazzin2011,performedatthehighestlevel.RobiBotosisundoubtedlyoneofCanada’smostbelovedandrespectedmusicians.Robiisamusicianthatrepresentstoday’sglobalvillage,beingwellversedinnotonlyjazz,buthip-hop,funk,R&B,classical,aswellasthemusicofhisRomaheritage.BeingsidemanextraordinaireforartistsasversatileandrespectedasRobertaGambarini,ChakaKhan,JamesBloodUlmerandJoeyDeFrancesco,amongmanyothers,onecanunderstandwhyittooksucharelativelylongtimeforhimtorecordhisfirstrecordunderhisownname,thoughthatisnotasimportantasthebreathoffreshairitwillgiveallwhoseears(andhearts)areopen.MadewithRobi’sregulartrioofAtillaDarvasonbassandRobi’sbrotherFrankBotosondrums,itrepresentstheglobalvisionoftoday’smodernjazzmusician,withonefootrootedfirmlyinthetradition,andonefootleapingforwardtowardsthefuture.WhetherRobiisinterpretingthemusicofmastercomposers,suchasColePorterandWayneShorter,ordisplayinghisbroadandfirst-ratecomposingskills,itisarecordingthattakesameltingpotofinfluenceandchurnsoutaunifiedmodernjazzvision.Aseachselectionunfolds,thedeepsensitivitythesemenhaveforeachother’sartisticvisionrevealsitselfinitsownsweetway.ItisfittingthatRobiintroduceshistakeonlifeitselfwith
LifeGoesOn
,anexampleofmodernjazzatitsmostpensiveandmelodic.Withnoonemusicianneedingtoexpressthemselveswithtoomanynotes,andaquietintensitythatburnsthroughoutthepiece,
LifeGoesOn
isasplendidfirstimpression.Are-interpretationofWayneShorter’sclassic
Footprints
continuesthecosmicballet.Robi’sbeautifultouchatthepianoonthissongcallstomindfellowHungarianpianist,KeithJarrett.Theintroto
BeBach
hearsRobipullingideasfrommusicasdisparateas18
th
centuryGermanBaroqueand20
th
centuryAmericanbebop,withnotesfrombothmindsetslingeringintheairtogether,actingasametaphorfortheuniversalityofRobi’sapproach.Allmembersofthetriogetachancetoshineonthistrack.
Emmanuel 
,atributetoRobi’shero,OscarEmmanuelPeterson,isanimmediatehighlight.ComposedasagiftforOscarPeterson’sfamily,thesong’salluringsincerityisstunninginitselegance.ThatRobiisabletopresenthistakeonhumanityinaformasmagnificentasamusicaltributetothegreatDr.Petersonistrulyagifttousall.Gearsarechangedsignificantlyon
PlaceToPlace
,anenergeticdisplayoftheglobaljazzfusioninfluenceofgroupssuchasWeatherReport.Withthistune,thebarhasbeenraisedforanyoneattemptingtoplayfusionin2011.Thetrioisoutforbloodon
Smedley’sAttack 
,approachingthisbattleofupbeatswingwitharecklessabandonwhileneverlosingtheirgriponrefinement.Higherenergyjazzlikelydoesnotexistin2011.

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