Eddie Roberts – Roughneck
Roughneck features a selection of some of the finest firing hard bop, beautiful modal space and nu-jazz beats from his 2004 released debut solo album Roughneck – described by Parisian label Le Maquis as ‘St Germain with attitude’ – plus a clutch of rarities from the same period.
Self-produced by Eddie who creates a real phat, sampled soul-jazz vibe, though it’s all real musicians. Some great open Blakey-esque drumming introduces the groover Diggin’ Around. Szabo is a tribute to one of his influences, the unique Gabor Szabo and the Grant Green inspired New Life is a lovely rolling stoner jazz. There’s the melancholic twist in Every Goodbye and his signature tune Roughneck.