Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm | Hands On

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Hands On

by Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm

Jazz, Latin, Funk and World rhythms energize a "polished, jubilant" mix of styles by drummer led septet.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hands On
4:42 album only
2. \'Round Seven
5:32 album only
3. The Night Before
6:48 album only
4. Higher Power
6:36 album only
5. Serenidade
5:21 album only
6. Allen\'s Alley
5:48 album only
7. Funk For Miles
5:51 album only
8. Mambo Mio
6:02 album only
9. Out and About
6:39 album only
10. Groovy Samba
4:54 album only
11. Virgo
5:59 album only


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Robert Jospé Bio

Born in Manhattan, Robert Jospé was inspired by his Belgian parents love of music and began playing the drums at twelve. He had his first professional performance in France at the age of sixteen. While attending the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, Jospé enrolled in the Berkley School of Music summer session and began formal training on drums. Upon graduating Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next twelve years he became an active player in the New York jazz and rock scene. He studied with Tony Williams and Bob Moses and performed with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Schofield and John Abercrombie.
In 1990 Jospé released his first CD as a leader and formed his own group “Inner Rhythm.” Since 1992 he has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the the Arts for his band Inner Rhythm and The World Beat Workshop. The World Beat Workshop is an educational lecture/demonstration program presented by Jospé and Kevin Davis, which highlights the history and varied styles of African influenced dance music throughout the Americas.
Random Chance Records released “Heart Beat” the second Inner Rhythm CD on the label in April of 2006. “Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm play with a jubilant life affirming energy. Jospé is an erudite, relentless drummer /percussionist” Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes Magazine 9/2006. “Hands On” was released in 2004 and reached #4 on the Jazzweek chart and stayed in the top fifty for fourteen weeks. Jospé has been featured in Jazz Times Magazine and in Modern Drummer Magazine. In 2003 Jospé released “Time To Play.” The CD charted in the top five for four consecutive weeks on Jazzweek, the national radio play chart and along with his 1999 CD ”Blue Blaze” received four stars in Downbeat Magazine.
Jospé joined the University of Virginia's music department's faculty in 1989. Jospé teaches jazz drumming and a rhythmic fluency course “Learn to Groove”. He is a member of UVA's faculty jazz ensemble, The Free Bridge Quintet.

Hands on Reviews
"Drummer Robert Jospe and Inner Rhythm turn in a spunky Latin jazz program with Hands On. Jospe's septet projects a notable sense of depth throughout these largely, melodic works. Jospe is an adept timekeeper, thanks to his in-the-pocket grooves and energetic breaks with percussionist
Kevin Davis .” DownBeat Magazine Nov 2004

“From Charlottesville, Virginia, Robert Jospé and his Inner Rhythm showcase a polished, jubilant mix of straight-ahead, Latin, and funk on Hands On. Jospé’s crisp, tight grooves seamlessly merge styles. Hot!” Jeff Potter Modern Drummer Magazine

“If “Hands On” isn’t hands down the most appealing CD by percussionist Robert Jospe and Inner Rhythm, it’s still a winner by a good margin. ....the music is charged either with great spirit and drive..or imbued with the kind of romantic lyricism that gets under your skin. Jospe deservedly gets top billing here, but he often defers to an impressive lineup ....” Mike Joyce The Washington Post

“If you don’t know Robert Jospe by now, it’s time you became acquainted with this highly creative drummer, percussionist, and composer. His latest release, Hands On (Random Chance) is simply a masterpiece of fine jazz- all highs with no low spots...... Fresh sounding solo improvisations and equally exciting arrangements give this CD my highest recommendation.” Ken Wibecan Soundcheck Lake Champlain Weekly , Vermont

“With Hands On, Jospe and his simpatico musical mates deliver a high class, high caliber outing. If they give those “Virginia’s Finest” stickers to CDs, this disc deserves one.”
Jim Newsom PortFolio Weekly Hampton Roads, Virginia

“Robert Jospe's Inner Rhythm is carrying on the Latin jazz tradition as well as anyone these days... This album generates feelings of longing as well as festivity and earthiness.”
Owen Cordle The News & Observer Raleigh, North Carolina



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