"They are truly beautiful pieces interpretation-wise and it goes without saying that the improvisations are on a very high level as well. This is pure, unfettered music featuring an abundant sense of lyricism that goes deep.  Something I learned from Miles...if you got it, flaunt it!! Jim definitely had a vision and got it right."
- Dave Liebman

"Over the course of nine tracks, the group creates a varied and dynamic atmosphere. There is also an interesting stylistic variation, no doubt due to Robitaille’s thorough expertise as a jazz guitarist. The result of Robitaille quartet’s efforts is a fantastic album – varied, engaging and definitely worth checking out."   - Jazz Journal

"..Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition winner, Jim Robitaille, led the Monk Institute student band in an impressive performance of his award winning composition"
- Jazz Times Magazine"

"What Robitaille has done with To Music is release a remarkable album of modern post-bop. Robitaille is obviously his own man." - Jazzviews UK

"Robitaille’s guitar tone articulates a palette of explosive creativity. - Johnston Sunrise

"Quite an impression is made on the listener as these players develop this piece into a breathtaking flight of fancy." - Bill Copeland

"Space Cycles is a unique and extraordinary jazz album, that ventures beyond conventional boundaries." -  Midwest Review

"..With a guitarist with the skills to bring it all together, the Jim Robitaille Group's debut To Music is familiar but also has its own identity."
- Jazz Improv Magazine


Jim Robitaille 
Guitarist and award winning composer, Jim Robitaille, has performed and or recorded and shared the bill with Dave Liebman, Karl Berger, Bob Moses, Joe Beck, Gerry Gibbs, Santi Debriano, Julian Lage, Esperanza Spalding, Oscar Stagnaro, Kate McGarry, pop singer Billy Gilman and the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and has appeared on over 30 recordings as a leader and sideman including “To Music”, “A View From Within” on WCS with the Jim Robitaille Group featuring NEA Jazz master Dave Liebman and the Jim Robitaille Trio “Space Cycles.” His latest release on the German label Dot Time records is with the duo Parallel East, called “Mantra”. His television and live performances include: The BET Jazz Channel, The Time Warner Music Choice Jazz Channel, PBS Television, The Baird Auditorium at the Smithsonian Institute's Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C, The Bearsville Theatre, Woodstock, N.Y, The Deerhead Inn, Delaware Gap, PA, The Wang Center, Boston, MA, The Knitting Factory and Smoke in New York, and tours in the US, Canada, Europe, and the West Indies. Awards include The 9th Annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, The 2002 Great American Song Contest First Place Instrumental Category, and The 2002 Great American Song Contest Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award, The 2011 Assets For Artists Grant, The Julius Hemphill Jazz Composers Alliance Competition, and The International Songwriting Contest. Jim is an international clinician, an applied jazz guitar instructor, small jazz ensemble, and guitar ensemble director, and founder and director of the Performance Jam Session Series on the Jazz Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Parallel East Mantra 
Jim Robitaille - Guitar, Nylon String Guitar, Guitar Loops, Psychoacoustics Instruments
Chris Poudrier - Drums, Percussion, Marimba, Keyboard Loops
"From start to finish, this debut offering from the dynamic duo of Parallel East is brimming with energy and ideas and bristling with a renegade spirit of discovery." — Bill Milkowski

Jim Robitaille Trio

Jim Robitaille Trio Image by Studio 310

Jim Robitaille Trio ( Web Only)

Jim Robitaille Image by Studio 310

Jim Robitaille Group

Parallel East Mantra album Trailer
Jim Robitaille Trio Chance Meeting

Nightfall by the Jim Robitaille Group

Jim Robitaille Trio Live from Studio 310

Jim Robitaille Trio Arthur C.

Jim Robitaille Trio Falmouth Jazz festival 2019 with Bill Miele & Chris Poudrier

Jim Robitaille Trio Recording Session Space Cycles

Jim Robitaille Group Narrow Center for the Arts Festival with Dave Liebman, Tony Marino & Alex Ritz
Interview on Neon Jazz

Palhaco by Egberto Gismonte.

Jim Robitaille Group A View From Within EPK with Dave Liebman, Tony Marino, and Alex Ritz

Jim Robitaille Trio Standards Montage

Demo promo for Buscarino Chameleon Speaker Cabinets