Jason Roebke Octet – High/Red/Center
Delmark DE 5014
Compact Disc (2014)
Composer and double bassist Jason Roebke is the backbone of many of Chicago’s forward-looking jazz groups. Now he brings an octet of Chicago’s finest improvisers on the new recording, High/Red/Center. The program of eleven new compositions is deeply rooted in rich Ellington-ian harmony while re-imagining the approach with exciting individual interplay between the soloists and ensemble. The gorgeous ballads and fiery free jazz compliment each other and consistently surprise. The recording features an all-star ensemble of brilliant Delmark stalwarts, Jason Adasiewicz, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Keefe Jackson, Jason Stein, Mike Reed, and Greg Ward.