by Jason Robinson

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Serendipity 10:54
Conundrum 12:28
Forest Cover 14:14
Thin Veil 08:00


Circumvention Music 050

Jason Robinson – tenor saxophone
Kamau Kenyatta – piano (1-2, 4, 6) and soprano saxophone (3, 5)
Rob Thorsen – acoustic bass
Nathan Hubbard – drums

Anthony Davis – piano (3, 5)
Michael Dessen – trombone (3, 5)

Ellen Weller – flute (3)
Adnan Marquez-Borbon – flute (3)
Andrew Geib – flute (3)
Gabriel Sundy – bass clarinet (3)
Scott Walton – conductor (3)

Liner notes:

I’ve always been fascinated by border regions, by the in-between spots, the blurry zones between distinct identities, styles, and cultures. These shadowy spaces host important moments of fusion, of creating something new from various disparate elements. Theorists have come up with all sorts of ways to identify these moments of merging—conjuncture, hybridity, articulation, interculturalism. I believe this is how we all create our identities: openness to and intrigue with difference. And this is a good thing.

What I’m getting at here is twofold: first, the music on this album is unavoidably a mixture of things. Although American culture often seems like its primary currency is authenticity, you’ll find none here. I’m not a fan of the commercial politricks of authenticity. Second, the music on this album is a reflection of a kind of mobility within identity. It’s an exploration of certain peaks and valleys—threads and trajectories—of my musical influences, interests, and experiences.

The image of the fingerprint looms large: sinewy lines, twisting and turning, combining into a broader field that is undeniably yours.


released January 1, 2008

Produced by Jason Robinson and Circumvention Music
Recorded 2-3 July 2007 at Warren Studio, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
Engineered by Joe Kucera. Second engineer: Derek Dawson
Mixed July 2007 at Warren Studio by Joe Kucera and Jason Robinson
Mastered July 2007 at Langdon Productions, San Diego, CA
Graphic design by Andrew West

Many thanks to Rob, Kamau, Anthony, Michael, Ellen, Adnan, Andy, and Gabriel—your playing is an inspiration. And a special thanks to Nathan Hubbard and Scott Walton, long-time collaborators and friends. Thanks also to Joe Kucera, Steve Langdon, and Derek Dawson, whose expertise and professionalism makes the impossible possible. Most of all I thank Steph, my life partner and best friend.


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Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson is an American saxophonist, flutist, and composer. He releases three new albums in summer and fall 2020, including Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: Duo Music of Ken Aldcroft, with Eric Hofbauer (Accretions), The Urgency of Now, with Bruno Råberg and Bob Weiner (Creative Nation Music), and Harmonic Constituent, with Joshua White, Drew Gress, and Ches Smith (Playscape). ... more

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