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Herb Robertson

Born: February 21, 1951    Primary Instrument: Trumpet

Herb Robertson

Herb Robertson is an avant-garde jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist and music producer. He combines a thorough command of traditional and extended techniques with a prodigious imagination.

Born in New Jersey, he began to play trumpet in school during the fifth grade. He was introduced to jazz two years later by his junior high music teacher including Miles Davis. Robertson began collecting jazz records, listening to all styles from Louis Armstrong to the avant-garde and especially the era’s hard bop. In high school he led a quintet that played dances. During 1969-73 he attended the Berklee School Of Music as an instrumental performance major, a period in which his improvisational skills became highly developed...
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Source: Scott Yanow

“Robertson’s music is simultaneously a game of equals and a parody of excesses, with an irreverent use of structured freedom. It is also an obtuse refraction of Ellingtonian hues and blues that’s both dramatic and compelling” Wire Magazine

As a Leader (Selected discography) : The Higher Primates Soul Note Records 1982 Transparency JMT Records 1985 re-released Winter&Winter Records 2001 The Current Set Enja Records 1986 The Little Trumpet JMT Records 1986 re-released Winter&Winter Records 2001 X-Cerpts (Live at Willisau) JMT Records 1987 re-released Winter&Winter Records 2002 Shades of Bud Powell JMT Records 1988 re-released Winter&Winter Records Sept. 2002 Certified JMT Records 1991 re-released Winter&Winter Records 2004 Falling in Flat Space Cadence Records 1996 Sound Implosion Cimp Records 1996 Knudstock Cadence Records 2000 Music for Long Attention Spans Leo Records 2001 The Legend of the Missing Link Splasc(H) Records 2002 Elaboration Clean Feed Records 2005 Sketches From he Other Side for A.I. Ruby Flower Records 2006 Parallelisms Ruby Flower Records 2007 Real Aberration Clean Feed Records 2007 MacroquarKtet Live at The Stone Ruby Flower Records 2008

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