Born: March 24, 1954
Hank Roberts (born March 24, 1954 in Terre Haute, Indiana) is an American jazz cellist and vocalist. His instrument is electrified, and his style is a mixture of rock, jazz, avant garde, folk and classical influences. He is strongly associated with the downtown New York Jazz scene of the 1980s and its post-modern tendencies.
In the early '80s he made a number of recordings for the defunct JMT label, including Black Pastels, Birds of Prey, and Little Motor People. He also recorded two discs with the Arcado String Trio, an improvisational chamber group featuring Mark Feldman, violin, and Mark Dresser, double bass. In the early '90s he left Frisell's group and stopped touring widely....
When I first heard Hank Roberts' music more than 22 years ago, he had already found his own way of playing, his own voice. Since then, that voice has been getting stronger, clearer, more powerful, more beautiful, more soulful. It's all on his CD '22 Years From Now.' It's so rare to hear music this pure and it's so inspiring to know someone with the strength and courage to stay so true.
Guitarist Bill Frisell
“...One of the most respected improvising cellists on the international scene.”
“He strums, plucks and bows his way through an incredible array of sounds, by turns far-out and spacey, then earthy and natural...