June 17, 1990 |
A veteran of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and the respected 29th St. Saxophone Quartet, alto saxophonist Bobby Watson shows all the right influences--Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt and, of course, Charlie Parker--but doesn't rely on imitation to get his point across.
May 30, 1993 |
* * * Bobby Watson, "Tailor Made," Columbia. Watson's alto sax has long deserved a big band setting. Here it is, allowing him to stretch as composer and arranger of 10 pieces; two others were written by his wife, Pamela. There is little experimentation here--essentially this is a straight-ahead date relying on orthodox harmony rather than modes or the avant-garde, but within these parameters Watson distinguishes himself.
April 1, 1993 |
Bobby Watson, the alto saxophonist who came to prominence in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (class of 1981), has spent most of the past decade leading his own group, Horizon, which opened Tuesday at Catalina. Everything he learned in the rhythmic conservatory that was Blakey's band, and much that has evolved along the way since then, comes into play in Watson's solos--variously sweet and sour, supple and complex; now simple, now steamy.
June 4, 2013 |
Vaudevillian elements notwithstanding, the absurdist theater isn't typically associated with slam-bang entertainment value. Based on the works of Eugene Ionesco, “Ionescopade” at the Odyssey brings slapstick firmly to the fore in a surprisingly light-hearted divertissement. Yet in fine Ionesco style, the general inanity yields horrific hints of a world gone mad. Director/choreographer William Castellino, working with longtime collaborator Mildred Kayden (music and lyrics)
March 26, 1993 |
Saxophonist Bobby Watson used to call the music his band Horizon played "Post Motown Bop." These days he calls his outfit's offerings "Present Tense" music, employing the name of Horizon's first Columbia album. Both names mean the same thing to the New York-based Watson: They embrace everything from world music and hard bop to '60s-style avant-garde jazz to R&B-ish blues numbers.
June 18, 1996
Saxophonist Bobby Watson and his band Horizon will play a free concert at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., on Thursday at 5 p.m. Information: (213) 621-1749.