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Tom Rainey

Tom Rainey (born 1957, Santa Barbara, California) is an American drummer.

After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has played with American jazz saxophonist and composer Tim Berne, and also with Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and Simon Nabatov. A prolific session musician, he has appeared on close to eighty recordings over a career spanning over 25 years.

He released his own first album Pool School (Clean Feed) in 2010.

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Ivo Perelman Quartet: Water Music

Read "Water Music" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Come on a rafting expedition with the Ivo Perelman Quartet. A river excursion is a perfect metaphor for the saxophonist's Water Music. Those familiar with the anomalous and idiosyncratic sounds that emanate from Perelman's saxophone also know he is attuned and reactive to the set and setting of a performance. Just as a trip on a raft is conditioned by the river's flow, gradients, constrictions and any obstacles in its way, the same can be said of Perelman's music.

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Fay Victor / Herbie Nichols SUNG: Life Is Funny That Way

Read "Life Is Funny That Way" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


The jazz world overlooked pianist and composer Herbie Nichols in his lifetime, but musicians such as Roswell Rudd, Misha Mengelberg, and Ted Nash have tried to keep his music in circulation over the years in various projects. Vocalist Fay Victor has been entranced by his music for a long time, and in 2013, she put together a group, Herbie Nichols SUNG, to perform his tunes. This is that group's first recording together and it is excellent. In most ...

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Ivo Perelman / Mark Hellias / Tom Rainey Truth Seeker: Truth Seeker

Read "Truth Seeker" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Saxophonist Ivo Perelman has a very deep understanding of time and space. He knows deep down these things, these oddly elusive concepts that bind us to the irreparable now, are truly meant to serve as agents of creation, of freedom. Of the freedom to create without corruption. He also senses on the most granular level that creation is a minute-by-minute thing. Or it should be. On his umpteenth release of the new year, Perelman, in studio for the ...

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Andrew Rathbun: The Speed Of Time

Read "The Speed Of Time" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Not one to avoid concepts and ambitious outings, Andrew Rathbun's to-date masterpiece, The Atwood Suites (Origin Records, 2018), explored the poetry of his countrywoman, writer Margaret Atwood. In 2023, he tackles time. Time is a funny thing. Its perceived speed is malleable. It tends toward an increasing velocity as one moves into middle age and beyond. It can crawl at a snail's pace (during a root canal treatment, for example) and it can race ahead with wild abandon--that ...

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Satoko Fujii: Hyaku: One Hundred Dreams

Read "Hyaku: One Hundred Dreams" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Inciso al DiMenna Center di New York nel settembre 2022, questo album è forse il migliore, il più importante e ambizioso, realizzato dalla pianista giapponese in tempi recenti (e sappiamo quanto corposa sia la sua produzione da un po' di anni in qua). Basta, da subito, scorrere i nomi coinvolti nel progetto (in special modo il “grande vecchio" Wadada Leo Smith) per rendersene conto. La musica, poi, ci toglie da ogni dubbio o imbarazzo: siamo di fronte a un lavoro ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: Monochromes

Read "Monochromes" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Saxophonist & composer Ingrid Laubrock and her partner, drummer Tom Rainey self-released an ongoing series of spontaneous duets, the Stir Crazy Episodes, recorded during the pandemic lockdown. They were most likely a kind of pressure release mechanism for both artists. With Monochromes, Laubrock heads in the opposite direction by commissioning four musicians to pre-record tape pieces based on her notations, both conventional and graphical; these form the foundations for Laubrock and three different collaborations to improvise over. The single 40-minute ...

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Ingrid Laubrock: The Last Quiet Place

Read "The Last Quiet Place" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock always seems to search out new instrumental configurations for her music. This time out, she and her musical and life partner, drummer Tom Rainey, collaborate with a quartet of accomplished string players, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, violinist Mazz Swift, cellist Tomeka Reid, and bassist Michael Formanek. Together they create stimulating music which can be many things. At different times it sounds formal, urgent, placid, and violent. “Afterglow" and “Anticipation" explore some of the classical possibilities of ...

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Recording

Tom Rainey Trio - Pool School (Clean Feed)

Tom Rainey Trio - Pool School (Clean Feed)

Source: Master of a Small House

A much-belated case of “giving the drummer some", Tom Rainey's debut as a leader is long-overdue formal recognition of his substantial talents. Leave it to the relentlessly prolific Clean Feed label to recognize and rectify the lapse. Rainey's appeared on a number of the imprint's releases over the years and his gig docket remains reliably full via projects with Tim Berne and a host of others. Typical to form and true to the press blurb on the CF website, this ...

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Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey Live in the Bay Area

Ingrid Laubrock  & Tom Rainey Live in the Bay Area

Source: All About Jazz

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey play two duo gigs in the Bay area during the first week of September, 2008--at the 21 Grand, Oakland on 3 September and the Java Lounge, Sacramento on 4 September.

German-born, London-based Laubrock and Rainey are two thirds of the trio who have recorded Sleepthief (Intakt, 2008), which is to be released on 8 September (and will be reviewed on AAJ on 1 September).

Word is that Sleepthief is a paradigm-shifting set on ...

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FAUX FAUX with Baikida Carroll, Tim Berne, Tom Rainey and Michael Formanek at The Cinema in Philadelphia, July 30

FAUX FAUX with Baikida Carroll, Tim Berne, Tom Rainey and Michael Formanek at The Cinema in Philadelphia, July 30

Source: All About Jazz

Ars Nova Workshop presents: Sunday, July 30 | 8pm FAUX FAUX with Baikida Carroll, trumpet; Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Tom Rainey, drums; Michael Formanek, double-bass The Cinema, 3925 Walnut Street | $12 General Admission Based in St. Louis, trumpeter/composer Baikida Carroll became a major figure in the Black Artists Group (BAG) in the 1970's. He appeared as featured soloist on Julius Hemphill's first two albums, “Dogon AD" and “Coon Bid'ness", on Oliver Lake's first album, “NTU," ...

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Brian Allen Trio with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey Southwest Tour

Brian Allen Trio with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey Southwest Tour

Source: All About Jazz

Brian Allen Synapse Trio with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey Southwest Tour

Celebrating the release of the new CD Synapse Brian Allen (trombone) Tony Malaby (saxophones) Tom Rainey (drums)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Spring High School, Spring, TX Noontime clinic/concert

Lake Jackson Intermediate School, Lake Jackson, TX 3:45-4:45 instrumental clinics $10 a student - all levels welcome! 7:30 CD release concert $5 adults/$3 students (free ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Truth Seeker

Self Produced
2024

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Water Music

Rogue Art
2024

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The Last Quiet Place

Pyroclastic Records
2023

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Oedipe Redux

Sunnyside Records
2023

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Anticipation

From: The Last Quiet Place
By Tom Rainey

Anticipation

From: The Last Quiet Place
By Tom Rainey

One Hundred Dreams Part 1

From: Hyaku: One Hundred Dreams
By Tom Rainey

Step

From: 4 Freedoms
By Tom Rainey

Just Me, Just Me

From: The Cave of Winds
By Tom Rainey

Bell-ell-ell-ell-ells

From: Making Bones, Taking Draughts,...
By Tom Rainey

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