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The Movement

by Robert Stewart

Old School Classic Jazz and Blues, featuring the last recording of the most recorded drummer in history, the legendary Billy Higgins.Robert Stewart is the reining king of the Tenor Sax.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Judgement
12:25 $0.99
2. Get Out
16:52 $0.99
3. Days of Wine and Roses
9:39 $0.99
4. Caravan
14:26 $0.99
5. Impressions
19:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
If You are looking for a super commercial recording by one of the major labels latest over hyped,flavor of the month artists then this is not the recording for you.If you like your music pure,spontanous,and from the hart,then this is a recording that you must have.It is a timeless historical document.There was no time to rehurse,no sheet music.Robert begins by saying to the other band members"Hi,my name is Robert Stewart",he puts his horn in his mouth and all hell breaks loose.Recorded live at the Billy Higgin's workshop,also known as The World Stage.At the time of this recording the World Stage had to be considered the most important jazz venue on planet earth.Located in Los Angeles in the hart of the African American community,this humble venue became the favorite hangout for all of major jazz artists from around the world and a secound home for Robert Stewart.Listen closely and you will hear what a real jazz audience sounds like.They are as much apart of the recording as the muscians.It was the perfect inviorment for the young tenor giant from the Bay Area.All the planets were in line on this one night during this special time at this special place.

"The Movement" (In limited release) is THE FINAL recording of the most recorded drummer in Jazz history; The legendary BILLY HIGGINS. This recording is a dedication and salutation to his everlasting STRENGTH, HONOR, NOBILITY, and to the completion of his mission.

The Movement was recorded live at the World
Stage Performance Workshop Friday July 28,and Saturday July 29th,2000.


"Robert Stewart is truly a unique voice on the saxophone in this day."

"Robert Stewart is one of the best of the young players that I have heard."

"You don't just hear Robert; You FEEL him!"

"Robert Stewart is AMAZING!"

"Robert has done his homework. When you hear him, you hear the entire history of the tenor saxophone; He is perhaps, the most important artist to come along in decades!"

"I knew that the spirit was strong with him the first time that I heard him."

AL McKIBBON (bassist on "The Movement")
"This was the most fun that I have had in 50 years. this kid is the real deal!"


President Bill Clinton, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, Doc Cheatham, Benny Golson, Jimmy Smith, Pharaoh Sanders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Milt Jackson, Billy Higgins, Donald Byrd, Barry Harris, George Coleman, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Bobby Hutcherson, Pony Poindexter, Big Jay McNeely, John Lee Hooker, John Handy, Donald "Duck" Bailey, Freddie Redd, Jon Faddis, Billy Mitchell, Etta Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Ernie Andrews, Eddie Moore, George Cables, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ray Drummond, Benny Green, David Sanchez, Lew Tabakin, Joe Lovano, Chico Freeman, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, John Hendricks, Les McCann, Cyrus Chestnut/Donald Harrison, Joshua Redman/Brian Blade, James Carter, Bobby Watson, Sonny Simmons, Lavay Smith, Jules Broussard, Greg Philingains (Michael Jackson), Terri Lynn Carrington (Arsenio Hall), Lenny White (Tower of Power), Felton Pilate (Confunkshun), and many others.

The Reviews Are Comming In!

"Congradulations! You captured not only the very best
of the World Stage but the best that music has
to offer./Michael Parks-Detroit Michigan."

WVOF 88.5 fm 88.5 "The upper room with Joe Kelly"
These songs made the Heavy Rotation.
Artist/ Title /Label
Jimmy Thackery- Jump For Jerry (Blind Pig)
Medusa Complex- Funky Suzy (Sweat Shop)
Cyndi Lauper - Madonna Whore (Bella Compact Disc)
Robert Stewart- Days Of Wine And Roses(Exodus)***********
"Thank You" Fairfield,Ct. request line.(203)331-9982.

KXLU 88.9 fm "The Jazz Hour with Joe Bellgard"
Thursday's 9:00pm -- 10:00pm
"Finally got my copy.Robert Stewart blowin the lights
out,smileing Billy Higgins on drums,live at the
World Stage.Sounds like heaven.We will feature The
Movement throughout the Month of March

Reveiw From All About Jazz by C.Michael Bailey
West Coast Saxphonist Robert Stewart turns in a searing and spitited live performance at the World Stage.This disc also has the distinction of being the late drummer Billy Higgins final recording.
Stewart opens the disc with his own funky origional "Judgement" from his World Stage release of the same name.He follows this with another orgional "Get Out" followed by an upbeat version of "Days Of Wine and Roses".
The disc concluded with lengthy investigations of Ellington's "Caravan" and John Coltrane's "Impressions"
Richard Grant's trumpet provides trumpet support and he can play the blues with the best of them.
But in the end it is Stewart who playes with all the fire and conviction of the taking what's old and having it renewed.
"Jazz is an intelegent music for intelegent people"/Billy Higgins
Your purchace of this recording will assist us in our struggle to overcome universal ignorance.
Producers Notes!
Sometimes the most profund moments start quite innocently enough. I first heard the name of Robert Stewart from jazz drummer Billy Higgins.It should be remembered that Billy Higgins is the most recorded jazz drummer in history.There may be some debate about that accomplishment but I personaly think Billy may have recorded twice as many records as whomever is in secound place.I say that because Billy not olny played on recordings for major labels such as Blue Note and Columbia,but he also made himself available to anyone who knew him and had the courage to ask him to play on their record.There are a certain number of us who are trying to create something better than what is presently available so when Billy told me to contact this kid who was 15-years old at the time,when me and the band Black Note arrived in the Bay Area(Northern California) I did what I always did when Billy asked me to do something.I simply just followed orders.We all arrived at a club called "Pearls". The group was celebrating the release of it'd debut recording "43rd&Degnan", produced by yours truely,and the great drummer Higgins serving as financier and Excutive producer.I would have preferred to be involved in a project like 43rd& Degnan than anything that Michael Jackson,Elvis.or any other well known artist at that time.We were trying to do something for the community,in hopes that we would one day have, as Billy Hollida,sang about,OUR OWN.
Although Robert was younger than any of the members of the Black Note band,he seemed more mature and had a smile that reminded me of Billy.It was a confident,lets have some fun smile.I imedietly fealt that everything would work out fine.While the group kind of paterened themselves after Wynton Marcellos.Robert approach was more old school.His aproach included everyone who had ever picked up a tenor sax and had something to say.When he finaly got a chance to call out a tune all hell broke loose and the place was rocking.He connected with the audience and the party was on. This first encounter would be one of many and would lead to the recording of "The Movement" which would be Billy's last recording and what we described as the end of an era.
While the band had it's sights on bigger and better things than either me or Billy could provide Robert always stayed close to the soarse and kept tabs on Billy's sceduale and the goings on at the World Stage.When I visited his home in East Oakland I could see why.his neighborhood resembled my old neighborhood in Cleveland.Robert showed me and Black Note bassist Mark Shelby the bullet holes in the wall of the living room.It was a hardcore ghetto.Years later Robert's older brother would be murdered in that same neighborhood.



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Thom Keith

Buy this record, RS is the REAL DEAL!!!!
The sound on this disc is suspect at best, but the music is out of this world. Stewart is a monster. After listening to the opening track roughly 8 times, I finally was able to move on. The rest of the disc does not disappoint. If you can find a better CD purchase for $10, I'd like to know about it.

Mark Whitty

The Reverend takes up a collection of fine jazz musos.
All five tracks get my tick and a koala stamp for variation
of styles, to construct a huge landscape of top BLACK JAZZ.
My favourite is GET OUT. You can practically hear a vocal
telling one to LEAVE! Wine & Roses/Caravan tops.
A stunning collection of stars performing LIVE!
Sonny is not playing, but you can hear his tenor in there.
Sound quality first class. Buy it! Treasure it! I do!