Pendulum- NY NOW: Pete Robbins Trans Atlantic 4tet
NY NOW: Pete Robbins Trans Atlantic Quartet
Our audit of who’s who among emerging New York artists continues with this transnational quartet led by industrious saxophonist Pete Robbins. In a city with an embarrassment of jazz riches, he’s becoming a talisman of the new generation and is a talking point of the city’s press as a force to be reckoned with. JazzTimes described, “dark and vivid colours, compositions that shift and mutate, falling in and out of grooves, bursting into rocking squeals. This is quirky 21st-century jazz, ably performed by a forward-thinking band that transforms a cerebral sound into something visceral”. Of Robbins’ nimble alto playing, The Village Voice was reminded of “just how pretty modern jazz can be.” The band in this instance is Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug, Canadian drummer Kevin Brow and one of Ireland’s most creative jazz exports in bass guitarist Simon Jermyn, now firmly established in Brooklyn’s music scene since moving there last summer.