Andy Roberts | Reach for the Sky

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Reach for the Sky

by Andy Roberts

This is an album of original music and re-imagined rock and jazz standards.
Genre: Jazz: Crossover Jazz
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1. Boston Bound
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2. She's Not There
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3. Little Imp 3
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4. The 405 Waltz
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5. Speak Low
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6. Jitterbug Waltz
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7. Alfie
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8. The Logical Song
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9. Giant Imp 1
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10. Amigo
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11. Cherokee
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12. Cheese Bread
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13. Stompin' At the Savoy
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14. Us and Them
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15. Little Imp 4
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Reach for the Sky is:
Andy Roberts - piano/melodica (arrangements and compositions), Steve Meashey - bass, John Riley - drums, Tom Strohman - sax/flute, Hector Rosado - percussion,

Arrangements of rock classics by Supertramp, Pink Floyd and more, Original music and re-imagined standards as well. The group features a great band including Village Vanguard Orchestra drummer John Riley.

As reviewed by journalist Garry Lenton:

What you have in your hands is a musical concoction prepared like the finest meal, with only the best ingredients. As the commercial used to say, “there’s not a speck of cereal.” Andy Roberts lets his eclectic musical influences simmer and what you get is lot like a fine gumbo; a little spicy, a little sweet, a lot of nice. 

There’s a lot here to savor, starting with his latin take on Rod Argent’s "She’s Not There," driven impeccably by drummer John Riley and bassist Steve Meashey. Robert’s love of 1970s and 80s rock also shows itself in his interpretations of Supertramp’s “Logical Song,” and Pink Floyd’s “Us and Them.” 

“Listening to music should be like taking a journey without leaving the house!,” Roberts says. “I try to take roads less travelled when it comes to writing and arranging.”

Don’t be fooled, though, this is a jazz album. Check out the band’s take on Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” and Robert’s swinging “Cheesebread.” Roberts is making a point here about the accessibility of modern music to interpretation. “Jazz is often fueled by adapting popular music of the day and using it as a vehicle for improvisation,” he says. “In that sense, there really is no difference between Fat’s Waller and Pink Floyd! I choose tunes that are personal to me. That way I can share them in a more honest way.”

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