All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Bobby Naughton

Bobby Naughton

Bobby Naughton is self-taught as a performer and composer. After playing piano in rock-and-roll groups he took up the vibraphone in 1966, and in the late 1960s played with Perry Robinson, Sheila Jordan, and others. He continued to work intermittently with Robinson while recording as a leader on his own label, Otic; in 1971 he wrote a score for Hans Richter's silent film Everyday (1929). He played with the Jazz Composers Orchestra in 1972 and Leo Smith (from the mid 1970s), and joined the Creative Musicians Improvisors Forum in New Haven, Connecticut. Naughton's vibraphone playing, like that of Gunter Hampel, emphasizes the instrument's role in group improvisation rather than its possibilities as a solo vehicle. He plays fluently with four sticks, exploits the vibraphone's overtones, and sometimes controls manually the instrument's vanes (which vary its sound intensity). His piano playing (which may be heard on the first of his own albums) has a melodic strength and terseness reminiscent of Paul Bley. Roger Dean, The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, copyright Macmillan Reference Ltd. 1988


Tags

Album Review
Read more articles
”Naughton has an uncanny ability to listen to and play off and with his sidemen.” Fernando Gonzalez, The Boston Globe

“A startling vibraphonist.” Coda Magazine

“Naughton's something else.” Nat Hentoff, The New York Times

“....sort of a new wave Red Norvo.” Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times

Albums

Album Solo Vibraphone Hartford by Bobby Naughton

Solo Vibraphone...

OTIC Records
2019

buy
Album ZOAR by Bobby Naughton

ZOAR

OTIC Records
2001

buy
 

The Haunt

Tzadik
1976

buy

Similar

Anthony Braxton Anthony Braxton
woodwinds
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
saxophone, tenor
Don Cherry Don Cherry
trumpet
Paul Bley Paul Bley
piano
Fred Anderson Fred Anderson
saxophone
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
saxophone, soprano
Ken Vandermark Ken Vandermark
saxophone
Hamiet Bluiett Hamiet Bluiett
saxophone, baritone
Sonny Simmons Sonny Simmons
saxophone, alto
Marc Ducret Marc Ducret
guitar

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.