Published on Oct 31, 2012
"Elbow Grease" by Jason Robinson from the album Tiresian Symmetry, released by Cuneiform Records. Personnel on Tiresian Symmetry: Jason Robinson, JD Parran, Marty Ehrlich, Marcas Rojas, Bill Lowe, Liberty Ellman, Drew Gress, George Schuller, Ches Smith.
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On saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson's polydirectional masterpiece Tiresian Symmetry, he's gathered an extraordinary cast of improvisers to investigate and embellish the framework of his compositions. The music's richly suggestive harmonic and metrical relationships elicit a wide array of responses, but ultimately listeners find their own sense of order and meaning amidst the sumptuous sounds. For Robinson, a capaciously inventive artist who has flourished in a boggling array of settings, from solo excursions with electronics and free jazz quartets to roots reggae ensembles and multimedia collectives, Tiresian Symmetry represents his most expansive and exciting project yet.
"I was attracted to the myth of the soothsayer, who tells the future even when it's not welcome information," Robinson says. "But on a more technical level I was intrigued by the numerical relationships. Tiresias lived seven generations and spent time as both male and female, which gives you 7/2. The pieces I wrote for the album embody those numerical relationships in a variety of forms. Of course, in the end there's the litmus test. The music has to sound good and feel good."
The nine-piece band features some of the most inventive and vivid players in jazz today:
Jason Robinson -- tenor sax, alto flute, soprano sax
JD Parran --- alto clarinet, contra bass clarinet, tenor sax
Marty Ehrlich -- alto sax, bass clarinet, flute
Marcas Rojas -- tuba
Bill Lowe - tuba, bass trombone
Liberty Ellman -- guitar
Drew Gress -- bass
George Schuller -- drums
Ches Smith -- drums