Jason Roebke
  • Jason Roebke

Jazz bassists rarely attract the spotlight, since they traditionally function as rhythmic and harmonic anchors. Even when a bassist plays in a relatively unstructured setting, the instrument’s usual register tends to keep it out of the foreground, so that it gets short shrift from the average listener. Chicago bassist Jason Roebke is probably used to this, but in groups like Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things, the Jeb Bishop Trio, Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, and the Keefe Jackson Quartet, he’s crucial in enabling the compositions of the various leaders to thrive both as pieces of arranged music and vehicles for inspired improvisation.