Bobby Watson – Keepin’ It Real CD


1. Condition Blue
2. Keepin’ It Real
3. Elementary, My Dear Watson 2020
4. Someday We’ll All Be Free
5. Mohawk
6. My Song
7. One for John (747)
8. Flamenco Sketches
9. The Mystery of Ebop

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8-panel Digipak Album

“His playing is sophisticated yet soulful. He’s elegantly slippery as only a player at one with his instrument can be, stretching phrases seamlessly over nearly the entire length of a chorus and interjecting brief figures with just the right squeal to make his point.”
— Howard Mandel, Downbeat

“We don’t have baseball right now, but Bobby Watson and New Horizon hits it out of the ball park on this fantastic release.”
— Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

“Alto saxophonist/composer Bobby Watson debuts a new incarnation of his renowned band Horizon on KEEPIN’ IT REAL, furthering a legacy endowed by Watson’s days as one of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and passed on through a lifetime in jazz education.”
— Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

“These guys make it sound so easy, but if it were, why isn’t there more music like this?”
— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

#1 JazzWeek radio chart (2 weeks)


Alto saxophonist Bobby Watson writes a new chapter of his storied career with KEEPIN’ IT REAL. While the album is a continuation of the supple hard-bop sound Watson has practiced throughout the decades, infused with elements of gospel and R&B, it also heralds change as Watson debuts a new edition of his band Horizon. Dubbed New Horizon, this group still features longtime collaborator and Horizon member Curtis Lundy on bass and adds trumpeters Josh Evans and Giveton Gelin, pianist Victor Gould and drummer Victor Jones. This new personnel infuses Watson with renewed vigor and creative energy.

Another part of the story of this record is Watson’s retirement from a 20+ year collegiate teaching career. It gives Watson, who won the JAZZTIMES critic’s poll as the top alto saxophonist in 2019, his best opportunity in many years to focus exclusively on his own music. Change is an inevitable part of life and Watson embraces it as essential part of creativity. As he explains, KEEPIN’ IT REAL is a mantra that he strives to exemplify every time he lifts his alto to his lips.

released June 26, 2020

featuring Curtis Lundy

Bobby Watson – alto saxophone
Josh Evans – trumpet (tracks 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 9)
Given Gellin – trumpet (tracks 2, 4 & 5)
Victor Gould – piano
Curtis Lundy – bass
Victor Jones – drums

Recorded Live on February 20, 2020 at Sear Sound Studio C, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache & Damon Smith
Recording, Mixing & Mastering Engineer: Chris Allen
Studio Assistants: Owen Mulholland and Steven Sacco
Liner Notes by Mark Ruffin
Photography by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Design by Damon Smith and Paul Stache

Victor Gould appears courtesy of Blue Room Music

Weight 0.33 lbs