Time to Play
Robert Jospé Bio Born in Manhattan, Robert Jospé was inspired by his Belgian parents love of music and began playing the drums at twelve. He had his first professional performance in France at the age of sixteen. While attending the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, Jospé enrolled in the Berkley School of Music summer session and began formal training on drums. Upon graduating from the Cambridge School Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next twelve years he became an active player in the New York jazz and rock scene. He studied with Tony Williams and Bob Moses and performed with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Schofield and John Abercrombie. In 1990 Jospé released his first CD as a leader and formed his own group "Inner Rhythm." Since 1992 he has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the the Arts for his band Inner Rhythm and The World Beat Workshop. The World Beat Workshop is an educational lecture/demonstration program, presented by Jospé and Kevin Davis, which highlights the history and varied styles of African influenced dance music throughout the Americas. Random Chance Records released "Heart Beat" the second Inner Rhythm CD on the label in April of 2006. "Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm play with a jubilant life affirming energy. Jospé is an erudite, relentless drummer /percussionist" Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes Magazine 9/2006. "Hands On" was released in 2004 and reached #4 on the Jazzweek chart and stayed in the top fifty for fourteen weeks. Jospé has been featured in Jazz Times Magazine and in Modern Drummer Magazine. In 2003 Jospé released "Time To Play." The CD charted in the top five for four consecutive weeks on Jazzweek, the national radio play chart and along with his 1999 CD "Blue Blaze" received four stars in Downbeat Magazine. Jospé joined the University of Virginia's music department's faculty in 1989. Jospé teaches jazz drumming and a rhythmic fluency course "Learn to Groove". He is a member of UVA's faculty jazz ensemble, The Free Bridge Quintet. Reviews Robert Jospé's "Time To Play" featured in Modern Drummer Magazine Nov.2003 **** (Robert Jospé) has a Latin soul, and his septet leans heavily on the clavé for many of the dozen pieces here. Jobim's "Stone Flower" is a highlight........ James Hale DOWNBEAT Robert Jospé has one of those clean,spirited and tight-sounding jazz combos, with peppy assuredness, radiating enveloping healthy vibes..."Time to Play" is the drummer's follow up to his triumphant "Blue Blaze". The ensemble playing is an exercise in eye-catching, pan-rhythmic-interwined jazz that captivates from it's cooker opener... Recommending Jospé and associates is a rather undemanding task; they do that well by themselves. Javier Quiñones Jazz Times Robert Jospe is back with another jazz tour de force. Jospe and his group Inner Rhythm combine salsa, swing, and world rhythms into a potent, high-energy stew. As jazz performers try to find ways to infuse other rhythms from around the globe into their music, they need only look to Robert Jospe- he's already leading the way. Ed Trefzger, editor Yellow Dog Jazz report, www.jazzweek.com Percussionist Robert Jospe serves up another Blue Note special with 'Time to Play,' fresh yet evocative arrangements... displaying customary verve, finesse and ingenuity...a series of textured and multihued performances that are alternately seductive, contemplative and contagiously rhythmic . Mike Joyce Washington Post Time To Play is aptly titled, with Jospé's long-time ensemble, Inner Rhythm, "playing" in every sense of the word...Point is, the album is fully realized in every way--in it's writing, it's performance, even in it's sequencing. The album documents Jospé's continuing development, and should enable him to continue widening both his horizons and his audience. Michael Coyle Cadence Magazine Charlottesville's Robert Jospé is currently setting the jazz world on fire with his third album, Time to Play... a masterpiece of percolating polyrhythms, blending the classic trumpet/tenor sax frontline of the hard bop era with contemporary world beats and Latin percussion. It's a hip musical feast, guaranteed to set your feet and fanny in motion. Jim Newsome Port Folio Weekly, Hampton Roads, VA Drummer Robert Jospé is one of Virginia's best jazz musicians. Jospé is a strong but not domineering figure in every selection, complementing horns, guitar and keyboard with rhythmic foundations of vitality, dynamism and wit. Altogether, one of the better recent showcases .... played with seemingly effortless precision and recorded with realism and presence. A Clarke Bustard Richmond Times Dispatch If you dig Poncho Sanchez, Tito Puente, Horace Silver and Blue Note records of the '60s, you'll dig Robert Jospe's 'Time to Play' (Inner Rhythm).... The grooves are irresistible. There are also plenty of driving, intelligent solos and bright ensemble work. Owen Cordell News and Observer, Raleigh, NC As good as his last recording was "Time to Play" is even better. It features tight arrangements, sensitive playing and a creative fire that marks it as one of the best new jazz releases of this young year. .... The title cut, written by Jospe is about as good as contemporary jazz gets. Bill Kramer GO!The News Leader, Staunton, VA Robert Jospé's deft combination of hard bop with complex world rhythms has garnered significant national attention. The set is a seamlessly crafted mix of standards and original compositions Jospé is an effortlessly inventive player, multiplying and subdividing time, articulately inserting moments of silence and surprise. Peter McElhinney, Style Weekly, Richmond, VA From the first lead-in beat ....the urge to nod your head ...and shake your hips increases exponentially with every track, until you have no other choice but to surrender yourself to this album's near-tidal pull. Mark Grabowski The Hook, Charlottesville, VA.