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Craig Taborn: Playing in the Shadows

Read "Craig Taborn: Playing in the Shadows" reviewed by David Bixler


Radio & Podcasts

Brand New Releases

Read "Brand New Releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week new albums from Enrique Peña, Gary Eastman, Shawn Maxwell and Philippe Côté with Marc Copland. Also, continuing my look at the recent releases by Craig Taborn and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with their suites inspired by Dewey Redman and Anthony Braxton.Playlist Enrique Peña “Gris" from Intersticios (ears&eyes) 00:00 The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra “The Very Thought Of You" from Where Rivers Meet (Bandcamp) 05:35 Dewey Redman “If I Should Lose You" from Living On The ...


Album Review

Craig Taborn: Shadow Plays

Read "Shadow Plays" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Recorded with stunning clarity of sound and a brave vision, at Vienna's Mozart-Saal of the Wiener Konzerthaus in March 2020, Craig Taborn's visceral variations on a theme and quixotic poetics rise and fall majestically on Shadow Plays, a bold, fully-rendered successor to his last solo ECM outing Avenging Angel (2011) The rapturously inquisitive Taborn absorbs listeners immediately into his creative space by employing chiming arpeggios (like flocks of birds) and chords of doom to introduce the venturesome, seventeen-minute ...


Album Review

Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Compass Confusion, the long hoped for return of Craig Taborn's depth defying, solo-gone-quintet from Junk Magic (Thirsty Ear, 2004), climaxes early and often and, however you like to be lured, It pulls you along with a lush velvet hook in your mouth. Reeling it in is a struggle but a blessing. We know that. We get it. CTJM thinks so too. First timers, saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed and bassist ((Erik Fratzke}} are welcomed brotherly into the fold by pianist ...


Album Review

Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although a peerless pianist, Craig Taborn has been captivated by electronics since the age of 12, and he scratches that itch big-time on Compass Confusion. The role of post-production treatments in the creation of jazz records has a long history, from Orrin Keepnews piecing together the issued version of Thelonious Monk's 1956 classic “Brilliant Corners" from among 24 takes of the tune, to Miles Davis and Teo Macero forging masterpieces like Bitches Brew (CBS, 1970) from studio jams. Taborn's ethos ...


Album Review

Junk Magic: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Density. Shifting ground. Textural discord. Sharpness like glass. Resonant emptiness. Explorative improvisation, electronica sound spaces and electric beats. Released by the Craig Taborn project Junk Magic, Compass Confusion moves the fusion of live performance with electronica to the next level, making the division between the two often difficult to discern. The album incorporates a cross section of electronica techniques, including often lesser recognized subgenres like ambient, trip-hop, and minimalist industrial. This diverse representation of electronic music coupled with ...


Live Review

Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab

Read "Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Craig Taborn Sonic Lab. Sonic Arts Research Centre Brilliant Corners Belfast, N. Ireland February 16, 2019 The launch of the seventh edition of Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--saw Craig Taborn make his first appearance here in nearly a decade, and his first solo gig in this city of just under 350,000 people. Such an auspicious occasion merited a special venue, and the Sonic Lab at the Sonic Arts Research Centre is certainly ...


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