A View From Within
Label: Whaling City Sound
Format: COMPACT DISC
Liebman, Dave; Ritz, Alex; Robitaille, Jim; Marino, Tony
It’s been a while since guitarist Jim Robitaille convened for a Jim Robitaille Group recording session. But the wait has been worth it. The award-winning guitarist—who has shared the stage/bill with Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Joe Beck, Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, Esperanza Spalding, Oscar Stagnaro, Kate McGarry, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, among others—is finally back together with his simpatico musical brethren saxophonist Dave Liebman, along with Tony Marino and Alex Ritz on the profound and emotionally rendered A View from Within. Robitaille is a tactile talent, with notes that emerge like feelings, and chords that resonate with passion and sensitivity. Bassist Marino, an ace bandleader in his own right, and drummer Ritz, comprise a perfectly suited backdrop for Robitaille’s explorations, while Liebman serves as an extraordinary partner, foil and focal point. Their work together on, for example, “Slow Tuesday” and “Point of Origin,” is mesmerizing and enchanting, reflecting the hours, days, and gigs playing together. The performances here burn and boogie, lilt quietly and unfold unexpectedly. A View from Within is a dramatic and welcome return from Robitaille, whose recorded presence has been long overdue.