Personnel: Spike Robinson (tenor saxophone); Dale Bruning (guitar); Derryl Goes (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Wayne Scott; Alastair Robertson.
Recording information: The Jazz Cellar, Boulder, CO.
Arranger: Susan Mary Robinson.
Very Live in Boulder, Colorado spotlights tenor saxophonist Spike Robinson, who made his way to Boulder for a full-time job outside of music, living there for over three decades. On this 1974 date, Robinson, who was playing sporadic gigs in the area, breezes through a program comprised of standards with a warm lyrical tone similar to Stan Getz or Lester Young. Even though these tunes have been covered ad nauseum, this live set is not so laid-back that it's devoid of emotion. There is plenty of swing and interesting interplay between these musicians, especially on the uptempo tracks "Scrapple from the Apple" and "Summertime." Guitarist, educator, and fellow Denver resident Dale Bruning gets his share of the spotlight, putting his intimate, low-key touch on "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "Embraceable You," and "Theme from Black Orpheus." ~ Al Campbell