Alexander Robotnick: Music For An Imaginary Club VOL 4
Volume 4 of Music For An Imaginary Club is made up of 3 covers of famous Jazz tracks from the 60s:
1) Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock (118 bpm) (Blue Note)
2) Impressions by John Coltrane (120 bpm) (Jowcol Music)
3) Freddie The Freeloader by Miles Davis (122 bpm)(Kobalt)
Robotnick has always loved modal jazz of the 60s but had never practiced on it since his early studies in music in the 70s.
The reason why after so many years he is approching these themes again is to show how their appeal remains unchanged even when interpreted in an “easy listening” mood like that of Robotnick’s “techno disco”.
So he stripped them off jazz improvisation (he radically changed their nature since those themes originally were “cues” for their authors to improvise from ) and re-arranged them into dance tunes. Oddly enough Robotnick reverses the use jazz musicians make of pop music themes – think of Coltrane and how he made use of “My favourite things” , a popular American musical). Robotnick turns these great jazz masters ‘ themes into pop tunes.
” I hope the authors – both those gone by ,such as Coltrane and Davis, and those still kicking , such as the ever great Herbie, will be indulgent with my work” says Robotnick, ” this is actually my love declaration to the music universe they stand for at its highest level .”