Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has received numerous awards including 3 consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards and 2 consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards, a Grammy Nomination medal (for Sammy Figueroa’s “The Magician”), 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, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling to name a few, and also completed a Masters Degree at The University of Miami.
Roberts’ Secret Rhymes is confirmation that redefinition of familiarity is entirely possible, and this will long be considered a new standard for years to come. This project embodies the spirit of contemporary improvised music in its purest and most urgent state, while maintaining the characteristics of nurturing and delicacy that give it balance and scope.
– 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
“While jazz is so strongly identified as swing, it is nice to see the next gen carving out their sound and ideas