Pete Robbins moved to New York in September, 2002, and immediately became “a welcome presence on the creative music scene.” He has since performed and/or recorded with Vijay Iyer, John Hollenbeck, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, Mario Pavone, Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Monder, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan, Melvin Sparks, and Kenny Wollesen, and has performed at festivals and clubs in the US and throughout Europe. Robbins’s releases “Waits and Measures” (2006, Playscape), “Do The Hate Laugh Shimmy” (2008, Fresh Sound/New Talent), and “siLENT Z – live” (2010, Hate Laugh Music) were all named as top-10 jazz releases by international media outlets.
Pete’s quartet comprises guitarist Mikkel Ploug from Denmark and Ireland’s Simon Jermyn and Sean Carpio on bass and drums.
Robbins has been featured in Downbeat, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, JazzTimes, JazzWise, Jazzman, Politikken, National Public Radio, and DRS-2 (Swiss public radio). For his compositional achievements, Chamber Music America awarded Robbins with their prestigious “New Works: Creation and Presentation” grant as well as their “New Works: Encore” award. Robbins was also a recently guest panelist with the Brooklyn Arts Council. Robbins’s music is an entertaining and sophisticated mix of jazz and rock that utilizes indepth harmony, odd meters, and catchy grooves.
“Mr. Robbins, an industrious and venturesome alto saxophonist and clarinetist, leads…an ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock…[He has] a cool tone and a thoughtfully off kilter sensibility.…[C]omplex but welcoming… Mr. Robbins plays with coolness as well as confidence. …[H]is compositions seem to breathe according to some collective whim.” (Nate Chinen, New York Times)
“No doubt, Robbins’ third solo outing looms as a logical progression of his spiraling notoriety within global jazz circles….A compelling and irrefutably, entertaining effort…Robbins should win over a horde of admirers with this outing, which conveys asymmetrical parts chops, gusto, funk, fusion and a clear-sighted view of the jazz canon. … Simply stated, Robbins is a style master who sets himself apart from many of his peers. ” (Glen Astarita, AllAboutJazz.com / JazzReview.com)
“As a horn player, Robbins has liquid timbre that can remind just how pretty modern jazz can be.” (Jim Macnie – The Village Voice, The Providence Phoenix)
“Consistently creative and completely satisfying is the new live CD from saxophonist Pete Robbins fabulous band, siLENT Z. They are simply one of the finest working bands in jazz right now, on par with the groups of Dave Holland, Henry Threadgill, Steve Lehman and William Parker. And like those bands, they don’t just play superbly, but play superb, creative music.” (Big City blog)