Tenormore, the album title that is also the name of the final tune, has a couple of meanings, according to Scott: "It continues the idea of 'Tenor Eleven' and 'Tenor Twelve,' but in a more complex way. The piece is structured in ten-bar sections, each followed by an indeterminate number of additional bars, (i.e., "ten or more"). The drums provide the extra, open, bars during the composed parts.
Quirky multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson returns to his first love, the tenor saxophone, on this powerful and creative ten-track recording which combines tunes from throughout his career with a top-class rhythm section.
Robinson is celebrating his 60th birthday this year, and is doing so in fine style with this CD focusing on his tenor sax playing. This in itself seems to be remarkable – the man is noted for his collection and performances on unlikely instruments including contrabass banjo and bass marimba, and is prepared to be photographed in a hat made from sax reeds. True to form, the tenor sax in question is no ordinary instrument either; it’s a silver 1924 Conn which Robinson purchased from a Maryland antique shop in 1975 and has been with him ever since.
It transpires that this is Robinson’s first ever all-tenor release, and he has surrounded himself with an excellent band. Pianist and organist Helen Sung has been seen in London as part of the Mingus Big Band in recent years, drummer Dennis Mackrel is a key part of the Vanguard Orchestra which carries on the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis tradition every Monday night in Greenwich Village, and German-born bass player Martin Wind has a long track record, including duets with guitar maestro Philip Catherine.
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