The CTS Session

The CTS Session

by Spike RobinsonSpike Robinson


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The odds were against this recording being half as rewarding as it turned out. The late saxophonist Spike Robinson, one of the last of the great Four Brothers-style cool-toned tenors, had originally planned a tribute to Stan Getz utilizing former Getz sidemen pianist John Williams, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Frank Isola during a tour of England. At the last minute, Isola's erratic health meant that he had to be replaced for the trip. In addition, Robinson's tenor was stolen (and never found) during the tour and he had to get used to a borrowed horn. But despite those obstacles the recording is quite excellent, with Spike Robinson heard in prime form on a variety of standards (some better known than others) and such obscurities as Gene Ammons' "Waterjug," "If She Walked into My Life," and John Williams' "Have Blue Zoot, Will Travel." The acoustic guitar of Louis Stewart is also an asset whenever he appears. Spike Robinson never made a bad recording and this is one of his finest ones.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Hep Records
UPC: 0603366208723
catalogNumber: 2087
Rank: 81422

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spike Robinson   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Louis Stewart   Acoustic Guitar
Bill Crow   Bass,Double Bass
John Williams [piano]   Piano
Pete Cater   Drums
John Williams & the Tick Tocks   Piano

Technical Credits

Jerry Herman   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Bill Crow   Liner Notes
Dubin   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Dick Lewzey   Engineer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Alastair Robertson   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Jones   Composer

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