Cognitive Activity – Justin Robinson
True to the title of the original recording "The Challenge," this uptempo song features unusual harmonic motion that's a real workout to solo on. Rhythm section hits are played on both the melody and solos.
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- Recording: Justin Robinson - The Challenge
- Recorded on: April 14-15, 1997
- Label: Arabesque Jazz (AJ 0137)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (uptempo)
- Alto Sax - Justin Robinson
- Piano - Stephen Scott
- Bass - Dwayne Burno
- Drums - Dion Parson
The rhythm section adds an extra layer to this song. In the first 12 measures of both the head and solo forms, the rhythm section doesn't play time but instead plays a series of hits, a two-measure "bossa clave"-like pattern. The last four measures of the head feature different hits, but the rhythm section plays time on these measures in the solo form.
born on August 14, 1968
Justin Robinson is an important member of the generation of jazz musicians who began their careers in the late 1980s to early 1990s. Justin got his professional start at age 18 in the Harper Brothers Quintet, making his first recording with them in 1988. Three years later, he made his first recording with Roy Hargrove, on pianist Stephen Scott's debut album "Something To Consider." Justin would continue playing with Roy for the rest of Roy's life. Read more...