Spike Robinson - tenor sax
Jim Doherty - keyboard
Dave Fleming - bass
John Wadham - drums
01 They Didnít Believe Me
04 Only A Rose
05 Youíre Blase
06 I Wish I Knew
07 Honeysuckle Rose
08 On A Slow Boat To China
09 A Summer Thing
Recorded live in Dublin 1979.
Mastered in 2007 at Blue Noise Studio, Hamburg.
Spike Robinson's playing was characterised by a mellow tone, unaggressive approach and a deep affinity with the classic American song. Broadly speaking, he was one of that school of tenor saxophonists who followed in the wake of Lester Young, players such as Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, but he had developed his own highly engaging voice within that style.
(Quote from the Daily Telegraph)
Spike has a deceptively casual approach which hides a tremendous technique. He draws his programme from a vast repertoire of tunes and his warm personality has endeared him to audiences everywhere. Surprisingly, he only became a fulltime professional musician at the age of 52 when he retired from his day job as an engineer in the early 1980s. Up to then he had been playing tenor sax in his spare time in local clubs in Boulder, Colorado.
Spike Robinson felt in love with London when he was posted there as part of a US Navy band in 1948, and ultimately settled in the city for good in 1989, having been a regular visitor over the years. His love for England extended to an enthusiasm for that most un-American of games, cricket.
A recording Spike completed for Concord Records with Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski was judged to be one of the ten best jazz recordings of the last decade by Jazz Times magazine.
Henry Berthold "Spike" Robinson, saxophone player and engineer died peacefully at his home on October 28, 2001, aged 71.