I'm a jazz guitarist, composer and recordist. I also teach jazz at the University Of The Pacific and Consumnes River College. I own two recording studios - Studio Bohemia a large tracking facility and Art House Sound, where I do mixing and mastering out of my home. My band is The Henry Robinett Group, which has been in existence in one form or another since 1985. We released 4 CDs. I also play with The Capital Jazz Project. In addition I'm active in producing various artists across the stylistic spectrum.
I've taken a lot of my inspiration from my late cousin, jazz great Charles Mingus. I lived and studied with him briefly in the mid-late 70s.
On this site I will put things up, all unfinished works in progress, unless I indicate otherwise, to either show what I'm working on or to give an overview. We're working on a couple of CDs. There's a wide variety of material, so I don't know whether it will become two or three different CDs, straight ahead jazz, my more accessible material or what. Many of the pieces here I have no plans to release on a CD. But it's good to get some feedback or just a feel for what folks are listening to.
On another note, as I'm sure there's enough music here to upset everybody. Part of the pleasure of being a guitarist who plays jazz is being exposed to a wide variety of music in the popular idiom. And frankly I love all genres. Part of my uniqueness is being willing and able to play at most styles. I don't consider my more "accessible" elements selling out, because I really like them, and I still play everything in my own style, rather than trying to cop anyone else either compositionally or guitaristically. What's more what personally drives me crazy is the narrow minded, musical fascism; almost a form of musical bigotry, that an artist has to stay within the confines defined as X or that anything but X is invalid as an art form worthy of ones attention. The timbre of guitar and music has changed over the years. I like to explore it all.
I believe part of an artists responsibility to is write what he hears and play what he imagines, if he likes it, regardless of other peoples considerations or pressure, one way or the other. If I only did straight ahead jazz or only did funk or only rock, I'd be dishonest.