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Sammie Roberts | Self Published (2007)
By Jim Santella
From Brooklyn, alto saxophonist Sammie Roberts interprets three jazz standards and two original compositions on this abbreviated program. His mellow tone and seamless phrasing pour delicately over the session, creating a clear atmosphere where swing rhythms and lyrical melodies unite. Preferring a no-nonsense instrumentation, Roberts works with double bass, piano and drums while including samba and bossa nova in the program for variety.
The saxophonist delivers “Summertime” gracefully with a focus on its blues shadow and the song’s heavy heart. Pure and refined, he allows his keyboard player, Jimmy Roberts, to surround him with a smooth jazz fragrance. “Tell Me Why,” an original, moves comfortably on bossa nova twists and turns. This one features a burning electric guitar solo from Jimmy Dale that sizzles like the hot summer sun on a tropical beach. Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday” is represented through an emotional excerpt that Roberts interprets with double bass.
The duo keeps this one short and sweet but passionate. “Courtney’s Bounce,” another original tune, and Charlie Parker’s “Little Suede Shoes” give the program a strong sampling of the days when Bird was everywhere and his alto saxophone could be heard from coast to coast.
Roberts, who moved to Southern California in 1999, works the club circuit as well as the big studios. Networking comes easy when you appreciate the jazz tradition that began when Duke Ellington and George Gershwin were young, moved brashly through the bebop heyday of Charlie Parker, and eventually settled down with the colorful palette that today gives jazz its powerful allure.
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Track listing: Summertime; Tell My; Come Sunday; Courtney’s Bounce; My Little Suede Shoes.
Personnel: Sammie Roberts: alto saxophone; Jimmy Dale: electric guitar (2); Jimmy Roberts: piano, Rhodes.
Style: Mainstream/Bop/Hard Bop/Cool | Published: May 22, 2008
Leon Reyes, KVMR Radio
“For only having five tracks on this CD by saxophonist Sammie Robert’s it pack’s a great musical punch. From mellow smooth tunes to a nice soft Samba Sammie knows how deliver a musical punch that you won’t soon forget.”
KVMR Radio 89.5 FM Nevada City /
Sacramento Ca Host: Leon’s Jazz In A Box
Michael Criddle, Triple H-FM
“You are a once in a while artist…What a great sound you have, I have played several of your tracks to date and plan to schedule more in future programs. Keep up the good work and please keep me up to date with your progress.”
John Reid, Keith Community Radio
“Thank you for sending this C.D. This is a recording of top class Musicianship, beautifully played throughout, and Sammie Roberts’ own compositions are highly impressive. The Melodies are excellent and the interchanging between all the Musicians is of the highest quality. My only minor complaint is that the C.D. was not long enough!! But that is a triviality, and I look forward to Mr. Roberts’ next recording. Terrific work.”
Keith Community Radio 102.8 FM,
Keith, Banffshire, SCOTLAND
Tom Bingham, WCVF-FM
Sammie Roberts – Summertime – “My Voice”: Living the Dream, received well in the NYC market!”
See you in two weeks!
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Vasja Ivanovski, 94.1 FM RADIO 2
“Thanks, this is a great addition to our jazz play list.”
V. Ivanovski, 94.1 FM RADIO 2
Harold Ellison, Shoal haven Community Radio Inc.
“A very enjoyable album with several tracks that I shall be playing on my program, such as tracks 1, 2 & 5. In fact, I have already played track 1 on air and will be playing more shortly. Great Work! All the best.”
“The Jazz Cafe” TripleU-FM Nowra,
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Helen Jarroe, Cairns FM89.1
“Sammie – practice practice and more practice – has paid off. I love all the tracks and will feature them in full on one of my next programs. Keep it coming; this is the music we love. And your approach is simple and pure. Thank you.”
Cairns Queensland Australia.
Tony Wickham, Radio Maldwyn
Features the alto well, partially because the overall backing is a bit bland except for the occasional burst of keyboard excellence from Jimmy. I’d like to hear Sammie in a trio or quartet and where all the instruments get an equal weight. You leave us wanting more!”
RADIO MADLWYN, UK
Jason Steen, Neoreal Media
“Many thanks for an excellent CD; we have added you to our play list.”
Jason, Neoreal Media
2NVR 105.9fm / 2bbb 93.3fm
“Good disc is receiving plenty of airplay”
2NVR 105.9fm / 2bbb 93.3fm