Its a spare but highly sensual affair, featuring cross-resonant vibrations...Youll enjoy the music.. -- L.A. Weekly, June 22, 2001, vol.23, no. 31
Roper brings some intricate tuba performances and original compositions... to his interesting contemporary jazz release. A listening experience! -- Jazz At A Glance, Vol. 157 - Lee Prosser (http://www.jazzreview.com)
About the Artist
William Roper has played and/or recorded with: Thelonious Monster, The Fibonaccis, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bobby Bradford, Anthony Braxton, the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Vinny Golia, Glenn Horiuchi, Clay Jenkins, Yusef Lateef, James Newton, John Rapson, Adam Rudolph, Wadada Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, Francis Wong and others. He has performed at numerous festivals in North America and Europe. He has had works commissioned by various Los Angeles area dance companies and has had compositions performed by the California E.A.R. Unit.
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I'm still working my way through and so far, it's "interesting." I don't think it's ever going to be a favorite, but it's amazing what he can get that tuba to do. If you're a tuba fan or just interested in jazz played on unusual instruments, this is for you. If not, you might want to sample the tracks before buying the CD.
Bottomline - I recommend it simply because it's tuba as you've never heard it before.