Scott Robinson wears many hats. But there is one that is very special to him. It’s made out of 177 reeds taken from his saxophones, during a career that has included work with Ella Fitzgerald, John Scofield, Maria Schneider, Paquito D’Rivera, The New York City Opera — even Elton John and Sting.
Scott has made recorded celebrations of Louis Armstrong and Thad Jones. He’s drawn musical inspiration from the pulp fiction hero Doc Savage. The focus of his new album, Tenormore (Arbors), is his own vintage tenor sax.
With pianist Helen Sung, bassist Martin Wind and drummer Dennis Mackrel, Scott came by Morning Jazz to play and talk tenor sax, salamanders, and the surprises in store for his album-release celebration, Friday and Saturday at Birdland in New York. Here is footage of the last tune they played, an original called "Morning Star."
Scott Robinson, tenor saxophone; Helen Sung, piano; Martin Wind, bass; Dennis Mackrel, drums
Audio mix and video edit: Corey Goldberg
Videography: Chris Tobin