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Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

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From an early age composer/drummer/educator Tyshawn Sorey has found creative outlets in not just music but in painting and literature as well. Never one to compartmentalize his own imagination, he has enthusiastically explored blues, gospel, classical and music for dance so it seems quite natural that his current music defies categories. Whether listening or writing, he takes a non-judgmental approach to the way he engages with music, preferring possibilities over prescription. Sorey has recorded or performed with a veritable who's-who of modern music including trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Dave Douglas, saxophonists Anthony Braxton, John Zorn and Tim Berne, and ...

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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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Gerald Cleaver / William Parker / Craig Taborn: Farmers By Nature

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The seeds for improvised music were sown long ago in an age that can only be imagined, but are reflected in the improvised music of today. The sound of musical instruments, both contemporary and from times gone by, can symbolize the voices of those people who made up songs while they worked, practiced rituals, or congregated with their families. Drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker, and pianist Craig Taborn own this agency of improvisation. The trio, a group designed by Cleaver, demonstrates its genetic disposition on Farmers By Nature, from a live performance at The Stone in New York City, ...



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