JJ 09/92: Orphy Robinson – When Tomorrow Comes

Thirty years ago, Barry McRae reviewed the vibist's Blue Note set including Roland Sutherland, Joe Bashorun and Winston Clifford. First published in Jazz Journal September 1992

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This is a good album that I expected to be very much better. The compositions are pleasing but far from memorable and the arrangements come over as strangely dated when one con­siders those responsible.

Most club and festival goers will have heard Sutherland play with more invention than he manages on Jigsaw and Bad Means Beautiful here, while Robinson, unques­tionably a creative soloist, con­tinues to suggest that he is not a natural swinger. His busy lines are cleverly wrought but, as he shows in live performance, they do cling somewhat obviously to the pulse.

Bashorun is a tower of strength, powerful in ensemble or solo sup­port and assertive in his own excellent solo outings. Jegede’s kora is delightfully presented if a trifle cutesy and the rhythm sec­tion functions well in the staid fusion manner. There is much more talent in this group than is apparent here.

Discography
All At Sixes And Sevens; The Bass Of Bad Intentions; Jigsaw; Let’s See What Tomorrow Brings; Back To First Bass; Bad Means Beauti­ful; Jigsaw (Reprise) (59.10)
Roland Sutherland; (f/pic); Orphy Robinson (vib/m/pc); Tunde Jegede (kora/cio); Joe Bashorun (p/key); Dudley Phillips (b/elb); Winston Clifford (d/pc). Oslo, October 11, 12 & 13, 1991.
(Blue Note CDP 7985812)