Blink of an Eye (Rob Brown album)

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Blink of an Eye
Blink of an Eye Rob Brown Cover.jpeg
Live album by Rob Brown
Released 1997
Recorded October 12, 1996
Roulette, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 69:55
Label No More
Producer Alan Schneider
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Blink of an Eye

Blink of an Eye is an album by American jazz saxophonist Rob Brown which was recorded live in 1996 and released on No More, the label founded by producer Alan Schneider.

The album features a duo performance with pianist Matthew Shipp nearly a decade after they played together on their debut recording, Sonic Explorations. They reunited in June 1996 as part of the Vision Festival and Brown asked Shipp to share his evening at Roulette.[1] This is the first documented recording of Rob playing flute.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek states "Everything is full-speed ahead, though there are dynamic breaks and continuances and the unfolding of dramatic tonal architectures that are layered in such textured balance that they create a towering, yet gentle perceived aural structure."[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz says that "Shipp and Brown specifically avoid the obvious Taylor-Lyons comparisons, but they have insufficient material at their fingertips to justify a format which calls for the highest leves of improvisational finesse."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Rob Brown and Matthew Shipp
  1. "Blink of an Eye part 1" – 28:44
  2. "Blink of an Eye part 2" – 32:27
  3. "Blink of an Eye part 3" – 8:44



  1. ^ Original Liner Notes by Steve Dalachinsky
  2. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. Rob Brown – Blink of an Eye: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (6th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 209. ISBN 0140515216.