Herb Robertson | Dave Kaczorowski | Adrian Valosin | Party Enders | Not Two Records

Trumpeter Herb Robertson is one of these underrated and underrecorded musicians and each time a new CD is released, it is a pleasure to hear him play, whether as a sideman or here, as the leader of a trio with Dave Kaczorowski on double bass and Adrian Valosin on drums. Next to trumpet, Robertson also plays cornet, fluegelhorn, english hunting horn, penny-whistles, Romanian reed flute, mutes, electronic mutes, bells, castanets and vocals on the first track. — Stef Continue reading

Harvey Sorgen | Herb Robertson | Steve Rust | Rumble Seat | Not Two Records

Harvey Sorgen – drums and sounds | Herb Robertson – trumpets and sounds | Steve Rust – basses and sounds Recorded and mixed Jan, 2008 at Applehead Studios, Woodstock, N Y. Engineered by Michael Birnbaum. Mastered by Ted Orr at Serto Studios, Woodstock, NY. Design by Marek Wajda. All compositions by Sorgen – Rust – Roberston, except “Beauty in the Fan” written by Harvey Sorgen. Continue reading

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York | Eto | Libra Records

My husband, Natsuki Tamura will turn sixty years old this year. In Japan we have a special celebration for sixty years olds, called “Kanreki.” We use the Chinese zodiac in Japan which is called “Eto,” so 12 years is one cycle. 60 is a special number because it is 12 x 5 and 10 x 6. The duodecimal system and decimal system meet at 60. I wanted write some music for this, and read a bit about the Chinese zodiac. Each of the 12 animals in the zodiac has its own character and each character inspired me a lot, so I wrote a short piece for each of them to make one long suite. Each piece has featured solo player. — Satoko Fujii Continue reading