Scott Robinson

On a collection of horns that amounts to an instrument museum, Scott Robinson plays every style of jazz from traditional to free. One night he might be with the cornetist Jon-Scott Robinson.jpgErik Kelso playing music inspired by Bix Beiderbecke, the next anchoring the floating impressionism of Maria Schneider’s orchestra. His arsenal, dozens of instruments, ranges from the slide soprano sax to the contrabass saxophone. It includes the theremin, the normaphone and the bass marimba. He plays all of those and more, and plays them well. In a video attached to the online version of Will Friedwald’s portrait of Robinson in the Wall Street Journal, he demonstrates a few of his prized possessions. To read the article and see the clip, go here.
In Friedwald’s piece, Robinson mentions his love of the tenor saxophone, which he considers his main horn. Here he is, playing tenor last year with the amazing 87-year-old Frank Wess on the Gene Ammons-Sonny Stitt specialty “Blues Up And Down.” The rhythm section is Ilya Lushtak, guitar; Tal Ronen, bass; and Quincy Davis, drums. Robinson is the one on the right, in the conservative jacket.

If you’d like to hear and see Scott Robinson in another context, on several of his instruments, I refer you to this recent Doug’s Pick DVD.

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  1. says

    “I stay with the youngsters, and when these get too old, I get some younger ones. — Keeps the mind active.” Art Blakey (at “Birdland”, 1954).
    Yeah, Doug! Frank Wess … didn’t know he’s still kickin’. His ideas were flowing. When you’d close your eyes you hear a young man playing. And Mr. Robinson … *very* “conservative” indeed 😉
    That one brings you really up in the morning, especially after the long night I had yesterday.
    By the way: Love the jacket.

  2. Ken Dryden says

    In an interview for a Hot House article, I commented on Scott’s always colorful clothing. During an IAJE concert a few years ago, I recall Jim McNeely introducing him and mentioning that he won the award for “Best Shirt.” Scott told me that his wife makes all of his shirts, while it’s a safe bet she made that jacket, too.

  3. says

    Nice to see Scott getting the attention he deserves. I saw him last year at a little community center in Teaneck, NJ with the Little Big Band of Ron Horton and Tim Horner (Ron is another one of those hidden gems of a player on Trumpet/flugelhorn). I took my kids, who aren’t particularly big jazz fans, and they were blown away by his particularly moving saxophone solo and his tremendous breath control.

  4. says

    Scott’s solo on “Body and Soul,” in Vienna, on a tour with the Jim McNeely Tentet, I think in early 2003, was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard in my life. No flash, just beauty. We were all on the bandstand, mouths open, fighting tears. What a great player, whether ‘multi’ or on just one instrument.