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Pete Robbins To Join Playscape Roster with Waits & Measures

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New York-based saxophonist/composer Pete Robbins will officially join the Playscape Recordings roster with the August 29th release of Waits & Measures (PSR#101204).

This follow-up to his 2002 debut, Centric (Telepathy Records), was recorded and mixed by Jamie Saft, and features Robbins' working sextet with Sam Sadigursky (reeds), Eliot Krimsky (keyboards), Mike Gamble (guitar), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums). The group will play the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July and is currently booking a fall tour of the Northeast (U.S.).

“On this new recording," writes critic Mark F. Turner in the liner notes, “Robbins clearly has an acute understanding of jazz as an art form, but more importantly he is striving to create music that moves in new directions. The group has gelled into a tight unit, creating music based on the ebb and flow of spontaneous invention. Robbins has again impressed me with is abilities as a musician, a serious composer and an artist with a vision to create music that is progressive, yet always engaging."

“I like Robbins' playing," wrote Cadence reviewer Jason Bivins. “He's got vision in his writing and improvising and the focus to bring it out in the open." Since coming to New York in 2002, following studies at Boston's New England Conservatory and Tufts University, he has worked steadily with his own group as well as in collaboration with musicians such as Mark Dresser, Randy Peterson, Daniel Levin and Mary Halvorson. He performs regularly as a leader in a variety of New York clubs and in early Spring 2006 toured the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Maine with his sextet in anticipation of the release of Waits & Measures. His work as a composer and bandleader recently earned him a 2006 Chamber Music America composition grant.

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