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Tyshawn Sorey: Composite Reality

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Though Tyshawn Sorey's Oblique-I (Pi Recordings, 2011) is his most recent release to date, it's actually comprised of some of the percussionist/composer's earliest work. Containing music that is sonically dense, enormously challenging and (as the title suggests) consistently blurs and obscures the lines drawn between improvisation and composition, it has been hailed by critics and fans alike as a combination of what has come to be expected from Sorey: a masterful drummer and visionary, and unique composer. The story, however, goes much deeper than a simple culmination of elements. There is a reason that the lowest number in the numerically ...

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Kris Davis / Ingrid Laubrock / Tyshawn Sorey: Paradoxical Frog

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There's so much music bursting out of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and her cultural reference points are so diverse, that you never quite know, as you take a disc out of the sleeve for the first time, what she's going to be up to--aside from going further. The intriguing Paradoxical Frog contains more surprises. Among the first fruits of Laubrock's more or less full-time relocation from London to Brooklyn, the album is a trio set made with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, on which the composing opportunities are shared out between the three players. Despite ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Koan, The Winding Shell & Labyrinth

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Tyshawn SoreyKoan482 Music2009 Jesse ElderThe Winding ShellOff2009 Jacam ManricksLabyrinthManricks Music2009 For decades, the trend has been for drummers in jazz to move away from timekeeping and towards a multi-faceted element of the ensemble's texture. This trend is particularly present on Tyshawn Sorey's new record Koan. The record is both a departure from the complex through-composed structures of his previous release That/Not and a continuation of the ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: Koan

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Who would have thought that it would be a drummer to finally, and successfully bridge the worlds of jazz, minimalism, and improvisation? But, it is indeed Tyshawn Sorey, maybe known best for his work with the almost always frenetic players Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman in the band Fieldwork, or through gigs with Dave Douglas, Steve Coleman and Wadada Leo Smith. Koan follows the critically acclaimed That/Not (Firehouse 12 Records, 2007), a double-disc set that hinted at the brooding music to come. Here, Sorey has assembled a trio with guitarist Todd Neufeld and bassist Thomas Morgan (also ...

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Tyshawn Sorey

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This month at The Stone could be seen as a number of things. It might be a belated and prolonged birthday party for Tyshawn Sorey, who turned 29 in July. Or it could be a send-off for the percussionist/pianist (and erstwhile trombonist), who will be moving to Connecticut to study composition at Wesleyan University. Or it might just be a much-deserved opportunity for a gifted and prolific musical mind. Sorey took the opportunity to curate the month as a chance to book shows for some of his favorite musicians, both influences of his and people he thinks deserve ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: That/Not

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While drummer Tyshawn Sorey has demonstrated his talent in many contexts, this is the first set of recordings dedicated to his own compositions. In the shadows of several established styles of improvisation/composition but beholden to none, it is one of the most shockingly bold debuts imaginable. The title of the opening piece, “Leveled, says it all. It is as if the myriad traditions that inform these moments of energy-suffused introspection have quietly, gently, laid waste to the past that spawned them. Cymbal strokes emerge to decay just as quickly, piano pitches and clusters loom luminously and trombone ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: That/Not

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Tyshawn Sorey That/Not Firehouse 12 Records 2007

This is drummer/pianist/composer Tyshawn Sorey's first outing on record. It's a two-disc manifesto of some downright iconoclastic music, and the work of a quartet of musicians with their eyes seemingly on expansive, open, new vistas.

That much is clear in every note they play. Thus, “Leveled" on the first disc is an exercise in stealth and nuance where Sorey proves himself to be a percussionist of infinite subtlety, one seemingly hyper-aware of shading and of charting the perhaps studiedly halting progress of trombone ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: That/Not

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Just because there are no drum solos doesn't mean that percussionist/composer Tyshawn Sorey is self-effacing in his leadership debut. Sorey has a strong conception which pervades every nook and cranny of this two disc set by his year old quartet. He has garnered critical acclaim for his work as one third of Fieldwork alongside Steve Lehman and Vijay Iyer, as well as working with Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams and Wadada Leo Smith. Though best known as a drummer, Sorey who also features on piano, composed all but two of this bakers dozen, incorporating elements of jazz, contemporary ...

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Tyshawn Sorey: That/Not

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The enigma that is Tyshawn Sorey: while most young drummers are walking in the footsteps of the elders and the influences of the mainstream, Sorey thrives on the outside, composing and performing free improvised music, leading experimental groups such as Oblique, or doing stints with progressives like Fieldwork (pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Steve Lehman) and M-Base leader Steve Coleman. His debut That/Not further exposes the inner workings of a young musician with the ability to play in any context, but the boldness to do his own thing.The recording documents the multi-instrumentalist/composer joined by a crew he's played with ...



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