Osian Roberts

Tenor saxophonist, composer, arranger and teacher.

Music

Here are some samples of my playing and writing in various settings...

I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Irving Berlin
Posted by Osian Roberts on May 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

This track is from my forthcoming release on Hard Bop Records called 'Euphemy', and features my quartet: Olivier Slama on piano, Dave Chamberlain on bass, and Matt Home on drums.

     
Tour De Force - Dizzy Gillespie
Posted by Osian Roberts on May 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I recorded this (and the three tunes below) on the 3rd of March 2011 with my UK trio, consisting of my good friends - incredible musicians both - Jeremy Brown on bass, and Matt Home on drums (Matt's website is on my links page), at Long Row Audio Studios in Trefforest, Wales (see my links page for the studio website as well) while we were doing some gigs in the area.

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Everything I Have Is Yours - Lane / Adamson
Posted by Osian Roberts on May 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

This is a beautiful ballad that I first heard on a great Billie Holiday album called 'Songs For Torching', which I've loved ever since.

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Monk's Dream - Thelonious Monk
Posted by Osian Roberts on May 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM

A great tune by Thelonious Monk, of which there are many!

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Katonah - Steve Grossman
Posted by Osian Roberts on May 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM

This is a great composition from my all time hero and favourite saxophonist, the incredible Steve Grossman. 

     
Moblius - Osian Roberts
Posted by Osian Roberts on April 10, 2011 at 8:56 PM

I've been co-leading a quintet with my friend, trumpeter Steve Fishwick for many years now, as well as sharing front line duties with him in various other bands. It's always a pleasure and an inspiration to play with Steve, and the same is true of his twin brother Matt, a phenomenal drummer, both of whom I've known since we were in college together. We were very lucky in 2007 to get the opportunity to record with two of our idols in New York, 'The Maestro' Cedar Walton - piano, and Peter Washington on bass. This is a track from the resulting album. I wrote this tune as a tribute to another one of my musical heroes, the late great Hank Mobley. 

     
Hod House - Hod O'Brien
Posted by Osian Roberts on April 10, 2011 at 4:54 AM

Hod O'Brien is relatively unknown in the jazz world in general, having not recorded a great deal, but he's undeniably one of the giants of the music. He was a member of Oscar Pettiford's quintet (along with Red Rodney on trumpet) in the 1950's, replacing Bill Evans. After this stint with Pettiford, O’Brien joined up with tenor saxophonist J.R. Monterose in a band which included Elvin Jones and Wilbur Ware. During this period in New York, he played with a galaxy of jazz stars, among them Dizzy Gillespie, Ornette Coleman, 'Philly' Joe Jones, Chet Baker, Pepper Adams, and Tom Harrell. I was very fortunate to do a UK tour with him, during which we recorded this: Hod's line based on 'What Is This Thing Called Love' live at Dempsey's Jazz Club in Cardiff, featuring Hod on piano, Steve Fishwick, trumpet, Giorgos Antoniou on bass, and Steve Brown on drums (and me). Due for release soon!

     
No Smokin' - Horace Silver
Posted by Osian Roberts on April 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Horace-Scope was formed by Greek bass virtuoso Giorgos Antoniou, to showcase the many beautiful compositions of Horace Silver. The piano chair is filled by the amazing Claus Raible from Germany, who studied with Barry Harris; Steve Brown is on drums, and my musical partner in crime Steve Fishwick plays trumpet. This was recorded live at 'The Bird's Eye' jazz club in Basel, Switzerland.  

     
Two Bass Hit - Gillespie/Lewis
Posted by Osian Roberts on April 8, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Trio Music is a band I formed with two of my favourite musicians in the Czech Republic (or anywhere for that matter) : Petr Dvorsky - bass, and Martin Sulc - drums. We recorded this live at one of Prague's best jazz clubs, 'U Stare Pani', after a highly enjoyable two-week tour of Czech and Germany.

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Cannonball Run - Osian Roberts
Posted by Osian Roberts on April 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM

This is an early example of my big band arranging. It's a 'rhythm changes' I wrote as a  tribute to Cannonball Adderley, from the Royal Academy of Music album "A Closer Look".  It features many of my college friends: Henry Collins - trumpet,  Tom Cawley - piano, Orlando Le Fleming - bass, and Matt Fishwick - drums. 

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