Pianist/Miles Davis Alumnus Robert Irving III Interviewed at AAJ
Robert Irving III is a keyboard player known in different quarters for different things. He played electric, of course, as a young man in the band Miles Davis unveiled when he decided to return to performing in 1980 after his infamous five-year hiatus. He produced albums with Miles, but also Sting, Carlos Santana, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Gerald Albright, Grover Washington, John Scofield, David Murray and others. He was musical director for Sister Sledge and has performed with the likes of Oscar Brown Jr., Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams and more.
But Irving (who's known to friends as Baabe, which is pronounced like Bobby) is also an acoustic pianist who loves the sound of the instrument and has been busy for years providing that sound in a variety of settings. He doesn't talk like an electric Miles alumnus. He appreciates all types of music--as evidenced by his broad experiences--and all the things electronics can provide. And he's damn good at it.
AAJ veteran contributor R.J. DeLuke spoke with Irving recently, about his years with Miles, and his new acoustic piano trio record, New Momentum. Irving has plenty of stories to tell, old and new.
Check out Robert Irving III: Gaining Momentum at AAJ today!