John Roberts has put out a crackerjack new CD that “gets the listener moving," his prime objective for making music. His captivating sound features dance music styles such as salsa, Cuban son, Congolese soukous, and soulful jazz. The resulting concoction is a spicy brew of hip-shakin’ dance tunes.
If you can’t tell by now, this is a great album, and Grammy material to boot. Get ahold of it and prepare to dance!
SOLAR LATIN CLUB REVIEW
7 numbers were enough for John Roberts to make one of the best productions of the Latin-Jazz in 2016. As a good cook, Roberts understands that to cook a good menu does not need much pepper or salt, just the exact amount. American trombonist and vocalist John Roberts should receive a Michelin star immediately. This native of Montana is a musical genius who moves like a fish in the water with different sonic currents, Bobby Womack, Ricardo Lemvo, Los Pinguos, Dr. Dre, Chaka Khan, and The Temptations can attest to it.
Of the 7 numbers in the production, John Roberts decided to include only two covers: Antonio Carlos Jobim did not live to hear one of the best re-interpretations of his classic Agua De Beber. With salsa arrangements written by Roberts, we hear the trombone solo of John Roberts and trumpet solo of Stephen Giraldo, for a version that is sublime.
Soul y Pimienta, which also includes 5 original numbers - naturally from the pen of Roberts - is a musical journey through different Latin American, African rhythms, an eclectic mix where funk and soul can also be appreciated in perfect harmony with the key. Bimwela, in the style of Soukous, vocalized by Ricardo Lemvo, is in homage to the congolese guitarist Huit Kilos, who is also outstanding in this court. Pajarita, a number dedicated to a very special person, is a son montuno, perhaps the best recorded this year, in which the same Roberts executes an explosive trombone solo.
"To say this artist is proficient with the Latin jazz idiom is not enough - listen to tracks like 'Agua De Beber' to witness the instrumental genius that issues when experts sidestep the cadence to conjure a watch-synchronized polyrhythmic intrigue."