...beautifully crafted soloing...
Los Angeles-based tenor saxophonist Rob Lockart combines with his quartet of pianist Bill Cunliffe, drummer Joe LaBarbera and bassist Jeff DiAngelo for a swinging, forward-looking set of modern mainstream jazz. Besides six originals by Lockart, the group explores creative arrangements on the standards All Or Nothing At All and Everything Happens to Me. Lockart studied at Eastman, performed with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell Big Band, Doc Severinsen Big Band, Joe LaBarbera Quintet, Kurt Elling, and many others, and is active in the Los Angeles jazz, TV and film communities.
1. All Or Nothing At All 9:05
2. Nightmare Theif 6:09
3. First Steps 7:05
4. Parallel Lives 7:06
5. Waiting For Truth 5:54
6. The Last of the Red Note Riders 6:21
7. Everything Happens To Me 6:31
8. It's Not Over Yet 9:43
produced by Rob Lockart & Bill Cunliffe
engineer Talley Sherwood
recorded at The Blue Room, Van Nuys, CA March 18 & October 6, 2006
mastering David Glasser at Airshow Mastering
cover photograph Zsolt Szabo
Rob Lockart Photographs Jim Dean
Other Photography Christen Booth, Pablo Lao
Cover Design John Bishop
All Music Guide (Stewart Mason)
Saxophonist Rob Lockart has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles jazz scene for nearly two decades, working most notably with Chris Walden on a number of projects. Parallel Lives is Lockart's first solo album, an agreeable if rarely spectacular example of unfussy modern jazz that occasionally crosses over into too-smooth fuzak. Lockart mostly sticks ...
All About Jazz.com (Dan McClenaghan)
The problem with saxophonist Rob Lockart's debut CD, Parallel Lives, is that it's hard to get past the opening cut, the America Songbook classic, Arthur Altman's "All Or Nothing At All." It's a problem of the sublime variety?this rendition of the familiar tune is magnificent. Lockart is locked into the emotion of the tune, the aching, sometimes sea ...
Cadence, April-June 2008 (Charles Winokoor)
Fans of hard-hitting, finely-crafted post-Bop will want to check into "Parallel Lives," the first release from tenor sax player Rob Lockart. With support from an A-list cast of characters this veteran of big bands, ranging from Woody Herman to Doc Severinsen and Tom Harrell to Chris Walden, shows that he's equally at home generating heat in a qu ...
jazzreview.com (Jim Shulstad)
Refreshing, engaging, and stimulating only begin to describe Rob Lockart's debut CD Parallel Lives. Lockart's inventive solos reveal the style, class, and soul of a finely polished musician. He says more in one chorus than the rest of us say all day. Parallel Lives is a solid winner! Lockart's saxophone is not new to our ears. He is a regular in ...
The Davis Enterprise, April 3, 2008 (Ric Bang)
Rob Lockart is Texas born and educated at teh Eastman School Of Music; he completed studies at teh Banf School. He has lived and worked in New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles, where he now resides and teaches. His musical experience includes jobs with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Doc Severinson's Big Band and performances with numerous smaller ...