As the controlling mind of Farmers By Nature, drummer Gerald Cleaver appropriately pens the liners, explaining the democratic nature of the unit: fully improvising and a complete musical collective. It's a point further emphasized by the order of the musicians' names on the sleeve: Cleaver first, then bassist William Parker and finally pianist Craig Taborn. This isn't a piano trio with rhythm and the keyboard out front. The three parts are wholly equal. Out Of This World's Distortions forms the sophomore outing following their eponymous 2010 debut, also on AUM Fidelity. That initial release comprised an unadorned live set recorded ...read more
Sometimes it feels like there's a glut of piano trios out there, so it could be argued that it takes something special for one to stand out. Whatever that special something might be, these guys have got it. Pianist Craig Taborn, bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver have the ability to produce work that's never stale. But saying that they always come to play doesn't do them justice: individually and collectively, they have a knack for carving out their own space, and this program makes that point in no uncertain terms. The trio's been together for ...read more
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