Reuben Rogers | The Things i am

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The Things i am

by Reuben Rogers

A mix of Caribbean roots, swing and blues, bassist Reuben Rogers stirs the pot with an impressive lineup of today’s jazz elite. Pulse for pulse, Rogers proves that “The Thing he is”, is no longer just a sideman, but a confident leader with a vision.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wala Wala
7:05 $0.99
2. anoreV
6:03 $0.99
3. Ting for Ray
5:44 $0.99
4. St.Thomas(interlude)
1:43 $0.99
5. Shed
6:49 $0.99
6. Phillip
6:23 $0.99
7. Fungi Mama
3:57 $0.99
8. The Things i am
7:07 $0.99
9. The nearness of you
6:24 $0.99
10. Just in time
4:23 $0.99
11. Alleviation
9:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reuben Rogers - Bass,Acoustic Electric Bass
Ron Blake - Tenor & Baritone Saxophone,Alto Flute
Joshua Redman - Ten.Saxophone
Nicholas Payton – Trumpet
Aaron Goldberg – Piano,Rhodes
Greg Hutchinson –Drums
Adam Cruz-Steel drum
Kahlil Kwame Bell-Percussion
David Gilmore – Guitar
Mark Whitfield - Guitar

Reuben R. Rogers has a natural penchant for story telling. And Rogers, himself, will be the first to tell you his skills have coalesced under the influence of his impressive contemporaries.
Rogers' ability to transport the emotion of a piece into his accompaniment is akin to that of a fine woven tapestry, creating a blanket of rhythm and harmony that is welcomed by vocalists and instrumentalists alike. From a hard-hitting groove to a featherlike touch, with each interjection, Rogers echoes an affirmation of the soloist’s statement, rendering a musical conversation in which the narrative is smoothly passed.
His own musical narration, often shaded in a palette of blue, has reached a point in its development where a leading flight is inevitable. This can be heard on Rogers’ debut solo project, "The Things I Am," co-produced by renowned saxophonist Ron Blake.
Born November 15, 1974, and raised in the Virgin Islands, Rogers was exposed to varieties of music that included Calypso, Reggae, Gospel and Jazz. In his formative years, Rogers received encouragement from his parents to explore his exceptional musical talent. He began with the clarinet, experimented with the piano, drums and guitar, yet at the tender age of 14 found his true passion in the bass.
Under the watchful eye of his high school band teacher Georgia Francis, this passion found its focus in jazz encountered during workshops conducted by fellow Virgin Islanders Ron Blake and Dion Parson. Rogers’ potential was well recognized by numerous awards, grants and scholarships from the St. Thomas Arts Council and other local organizations. This in turn opened the door for Rogers’ summer studies at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan and in Boston at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion of their five-week summer program, Berklee awarded Rogers a scholarship toward his degree studies.
Rogers’ musical education is punctuated by numerous outstanding student awards, most notably, a scholarship endowed by the Fish Middleton Jazz Society. He earned his Bachelor of Music in 1997 from Berklee College of Music. Rogers’ command of both the electric and acoustic bass has aided him in adapting to various musical genres. This versatility in addition to the creative energy that Rogers brings to the stage and recording studio has led him to be one of the most sought after bassists of his generation. He has enjoyed the opportunity of intense musical relationships with jazz artists of world-renown, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd and Dianne Reeves, amongst others. Rogers’ peers continue to influence and enrich his musical style and direction. He has toured extensively all over the globe, and has recorded on over 60 CDs.
Ever committed to supporting the arts in the Virgin Islands, Rogers returns when his schedule permits to conduct music workshops in local schools and organize fundraising concerts that benefit the education of today’s island youth. His musical endeavors come full circle during performances with Ron Blake and Dion Parson in the Caribbean jazz group “21st Century.”



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Todd Garrison

A great bassist!
Reuben shows a nice balance of solid fundamentals and flashy double-bass magic. This is an excellent album. The mix of island music and jazz is a great combo, and makes for a unique sound.

Michael Blake

Delightful music with mixture of caribbean and modern jazz rhythms.
Music is a masterful presentation of "Carib-Jazz" (Jazz music that reflects in its sound caribbean rhythms)elements. The artist along with his fellow musians have provided music with rhythmic patterns that have delighful modern jazz flows with ordered caribbean alternations.

Raymond Harley

Excelent blend/fusion of Ruebens VI flavor and trditional and his own new and de
I enjoyed Shed. As a muscian myself Trumpter) thats a place we all visit from time to time to improve on your skills . In Ruebens case, coming out of the shed was done in a Huge way with this CD. Congratulations are in order.Classics like Nearness of you, St Thomas, Fungi mama brings out the true vibes of each song. In my humble opinion The Things I am truly potrays who Ruben Rogers is and his contributions to the world of Jazz ina big way. A solid Bassist. Keep up the great works. I am proud and so are the friends and families in the VI and the Carribbean.

Joe Locke

For me, this CD satisfies on every level - wonderful compositions, replete with deep grooves and gorgeous
melodies, executed by some of the best young masters
on the scene. Those who follow jazz know that Nicholas
Payton, Joshua Redman, Mark Whitfield, Greg Hutchinson,
Aaron Goldberg, Ron Blake and David Gilmore always come to play, and they certainly do here!
Supported, cajoled and egged on by the leader's great bass
lines, all the soloists on this session turn in high level
performances. These cats have logged alot of hours together,
and there is the sound of solidarity here - members of a
family, happy to be playing with their brother of the bass
on this, his first outing as a leader. And the leader is at the top of his game - acoustic or electric, pizzicato or arco, RR is killin' it! - intellect & soul, plus alot of
I mentioned the great songs - my faves are Wala Wala,
Anorev, Shed, Philip and Alleviation. You pick your own ..
..there are plenty to choose from!