Hank Roberts

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Hank Roberts
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Hank Roberts at Jazzhaus Stadtgarten, Köln/Cologne (Germany), March 2008
Background information
Born (1954-03-24) March 24, 1954 (age 60)
Terre Haute, Indiana, US
Origin New York City
Genres Jazz
Instruments Cello, vocals
Years active 1980s–present
Website hankrobertsmusic.com

Hank Roberts (born March 24, 1954, in Terre Haute, Indiana) is an American jazz cellist and vocalist. He plays the electric cello, and his style is a mixture of rock, jazz, avant-garde, folk and classical influences. He emerged with the downtown New York jazz scene of the 1980s and is strongly associated with its post-modern tendencies.


In the early 1980s Roberts made a number of recordings for the defunct JMT label, was a featured member of the Bill Frisell Quartet, and was an important voice in many groups of saxophonist Tim Berne. Roberts also recorded three discs with the Arcado String Trio, an improvisational chamber group featuring Mark Feldman, violin, and Mark Dresser, double bass. In the early 1990s Roberts left Frisell's group and stopped touring widely. He continued to release recordings, if sporadically, including with the progressive folk group Ti Ti Chickapea. In 2008 he was again touring and performing regularly, releasing Green (with Jim Black and Marc Ducret) on Winter & Winter, Stefan F. Winters subsequent label to JMT. In December 2011, Winter and Winter released Roberts' Everything Is Alive, as well as re-releasing his entire JMT catalogue.

Selected discography[edit]

As Leader[edit]

1987 Black Pastels
1990 Birds of Prey
1992 Little Motor People
1997 22 Years from Now
1997 I'll Always Remember
2002 The Truth and Reconciliation Show
2008 Green
2011 Everything Is Alive

With the Arcado String Trio[edit]

1989 Arcado
1990 Behind the Myth
1991 For Three Strings and Orchestra

With Miniature[edit]

1989 Miniature
1992 I Can't Put My Finger on It

As sideman[edit]

With Tim Berne[edit]

1986 Fulton St. Maul
1988 Sanctified Dreams
1989 Fractured Fairy Tales
1992 Cause and Reflect (duo)
1993 Diminutive Mysteries (mostly Hemphill)

With Bill Frisell[edit]

1987 Lookout for Hope
1989 Before We Were Born
1991 Where in the World
2004 Unspeakable
2005 Richter 858
2008 History, Mystery
2009 Disfarmer
2010 Signs of Life: Music for 858 Quartet
2013 Big Sur

With Alex Cline[edit]

1987 The Lamp and the Star (ECM)

With Marilyn Crispell[edit]

1993 Santuerio

With Ti Ti Chickapea[edit]

2000 Change of Worlds
2002 Firestick

With Wiggy Dog Boy[edit]

2005 The Truth and Reconciliation Show

With Edmar Casteñeda[edit]

2006 Cuarto de Colores

With Buffalo Collision[edit]

2008 Duck

With Donald Rubinstein[edit]

1976 Martin (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2009 When She Kisses the Ship on His Arm

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