Detroit bassist and composer Robert Hurst is hitting the stage at the Jazz Standard on March 25 and 26th and, in anticipation of the upcoming shows, we’ve been taking another listen to his last album, BoB: A Palindrome. This album is especially unique in that it’s a fairly recent project that actually represents nearly two decades of work.

BoB: A Palindrome was originally recorded in 2001 with some of the writing dating back as far as 1985. The project was initially delayed and left to simmer for some time due to Hurst’s involvement in his other projects. In 2013, Hurst released the recordings making this his sixth album as a bandleader. And, like a well-cooked meal, it was worth the wait.

Hurst has surrounded himself with stylistically diverse musicians throughout his career. BoB: A Palindrome is no different. With Robert Glasper on keys, Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet/flugelhorn, Branford Marsalis on sax, Adam Rudolph on percussion, and Bennie Maupin on flute/sax/bass clarinet, Hurst pulls together a seriously killing group of musicians.

BoB: A Palindrome is also a diverse record rhythmically. In a blend of hip hop back beats, grits’n’gravy swing, and nuanced Latin feels that aren’t up to the task of categorization, Hurst emphasizes rhythmic diversity both in his playing and in his compositions. And with Tain on drums, it makes the rhythmic exploration fresh to the ear at every turn.

Hurst’s compositional style recalls the thoughtful and meticulous approach of Duke Ellington. Like a bespoke suit, Hurst crafted his compositions to fit each player’s individual tone and strengths. The result is a collection of music that is as stylistically unique as the musicians who play it.

With BoB: A Palindrome, Hurst makes it clear he is a Jazz veteran with no signs of slowing down. But then again, why would he?

Take a listen and check out the shows!

Jazz Standard

March 25th & 26th; 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. sets


Marcus Strickland – saxophones

David Virelles – piano

Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums

PePe Espinosa – percussion

Tickets & info HERE


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