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Tales & Tones

by Troy Roberts

From hard swinging to pensive at times, Roberts' 7th release casually unwraps these various tales via the musical conversations between 4 great minds. feat. Troy Roberts (sax), Jeff 'Tain' Watts (drums), Robert Hurst (bass) and Silvano Monasterios (piano)
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Decoration
8:25 $1.15
2. Trams
7:21 $1.12
3. Rivera Mountain
6:17 $1.15
4. Bernie's Tune
6:29 $1.15
5. Cotu Chi Chi Chi
6:04 $1.15
6. Take the "A" Train
6:35 $1.15
7. Pickapoppy
5:05 $1.15
8. Mr. Pinononnk
7:22 $1.15
9. Boozy Bluesy
8:57 $1.15
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Troy Roberts is a New York City based Australian saxophonist who maintains a busy performance and recording schedule with some of the greatest jazz artists of today. He’s a regular member of both The Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts’ ‘Blue 5’, and is also the newest member of Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People’. Roberts’ 7th release, Tales & Tones is an acoustic quartet adventure, featuring a powerhouse rhythm section comprised of his long time collaborator, Venezuelan born pianist Silvano Monasterios, along with two of the most important names in jazz today; Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts on the drums and Robert Hurst on acoustic bass – both of whom bring more than just their jazz royalty to Roberts’ original compositions and arrangements. The tone of this record ranges from hard swinging, to pensive at times, while casually unwrapping various tales via the musical conversations amongst four great minds.

Troy Roberts – tenor & soprano saxophones
Silvano Monasterios – piano
Robert Hurst – upright bass
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – drums

Produced by Troy Roberts
Engineered by Danush Dopierala
Mixed & Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studio
Recorded at Sanctuary Studios, Easton PA on March 4 & 5, 2016
Photography by Jamie Cabreza / Artwork by Stephanie Tiangco for HAM Media Group

All compositions by Troy Roberts except:
‘Rivera Mountain’ composed by John Sangster (arrangement by Troy Roberts)
‘Bernie’s Tune’ composed by Bernie Miller (arrangement by Troy Roberts)
‘Take The A Train’ composed by Billy Strayhorn (arrangement by Tim Jago & Troy Roberts)

Troy Roberts endorses Vandoren Reeds & Accessories, Thomas Woodwinds Handcrafted Mouthpieces, AMT Wireless Microphones and Audiofly Headphones
Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts endorses Sonor Drums
Robert Hurst appears courtesy of Bebob Records and Dot Time Records

Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous accolades including 3 DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, 2 Grammy Nominations, and was the only Australian semi-finalist in the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music at the young age of 19, he has performed around Europe and the US extensively with artists such as James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami. In 2012, he shared the stage in an international septet comprised of jazz giants Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta and Zakir Hussein for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever International Jazz Day at The UN, NYC. He was also part of Hancock’s 2014 International Jazz Day held in Osaka, Japan performing with more jazz luminaries such as Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller, Esperanza Spaulding, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Troy is based in New York City and maintains a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe with some of the greatest jazz artists of today. He’s a member of The Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People’, and is currently celebrating his 8th record as a leader, Nu-Jive Perspective (Inner Circle Music).
Please visit www.TroyRoberts.com

(Press Quotes)

"Tales & Tones" is abound with impeccable delivery and inspired performances within a very melodious and challenging group environment. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Troy Roberts possesses a robust flexibility and dexterity that serves as a very convincing sonic calling card. He has successfully managed to forge a stunning and a most personal approach on every selection and is propelled even deeper into the soul of the compositions by a relentless and driven sense of purpose. This project summarizes Troy's potential with a stunning projection of all that is possible, given a proper supporting cast and a clear artistic vision.
- Greg Osby

“Roberts is a boisterous and effusive player, conversant but not busy. ‘Secret Rhymes’ has a bounce to it and Roberts excels here as a leader, with an awesomely arranged album with just a touch more arch than one can legally call straight-ahead.”
- DownBeat Magazine

“Whilst it’s not common to display virtuosity, it’s even rarer to be wonderfully creative while doing so. But the rarest of all gifts is to have a unique voice; a sound that is unmistakably your own, Troy Roberts has this gift. He amply demonstrates that it’s possible to pay homage to the great tenor players of jazz and still create a fresh approach that leaves the listener always in anticipation of what he’ll come up with next.”
- James Morrison

“While jazz is so strongly identified as swing, it is nice to see the next gen carving out their sound and ideas. Roberts, along with his well-equipped ensemble, is certainly up to the task - creating a jazz record that employs great playing and abundant ideas. Roberts, though young in age, certainly has an arsenal of abilities under his belt, and has the makings and foundation of a lasting great saxophonist. Versatile in style, with a strong grasp of yesterday and today, he is a force to be reckoned with no matter the setting. He is more than one to watch, he is one to follow closely.”
- JazzTimes Magazine

“…Substance and style will triumph over pretentiousness and ego every time. Roberts has a resume that will certainly make one sit up and take notice having shared the stage with such luminaries as Nicholas Payton, Orrin Evans and John Clayton. Nu-Jive 5 is Roberts fifth release as a leader and is brimming with vitality and that certain pop of originality that separates the "artist" from the "musician…"
- Critical Jazz



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