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Tony Malaby

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Tony Malaby has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of many notable jazz groups including Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Mark Helias' Open Loose, Fred Hersch's quintet and Walt Whitman project, Michell Portal's Birdwatcher, various projects with Daniel Humair and bands led by Mario Pavone, Tim Berne, Chris Lightcap, Kris Davis, Angelica Sanchez, Michael Attias and Marty Ehrlich.

His debut cd "Sabino"(Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper's top ten jazz lists for 2000. He has a brand new release: "Tamarindo" with bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. It is available on the Clean Feed label. His other releases include: "Adobe" available on Sunnyside in the US, featuring Drew Gress and Paul Motian; Apparitions" on the Songlines label featuring Tom Rainey, Mike Sarin, and Drew Gress; and "Alive in Brooklyn Vol. 1 and 2" featuring Angelica Sanchez and Tom Rainey.

Tony leads several projects of his own including: APPARITIONS featuring: Drew Gress, Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin. The Tony Malaby CELLO TRIO, featuring Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist John Hollenbeck. The quartet PALOMA RECIO(Loud Dove) with Ben Monder, Eivind Opsvik and Nashhet Waits. The trio TAMARINDO featuring bassist William Parker and Nasheet Waits on drums. Tony co-leads the Malaby Sanchez Rainey Trio.

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Tony Malaby and Firebath Ignite the Jazz Gallery

Read "Tony Malaby and Firebath Ignite the Jazz Gallery" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


I had the great pleasure of seeing Tony Malaby perform at The Jazz Gallery. Malaby moved to jny: Boston a couple of years ago to take up a teaching position at Berklee. Although he continues to perform in jny: New York City, I had not seen him live since he moved. On this occasion, his band presented the “Firebath" suite based around three simple melodies. Malaby has performed this suite for the past several months with different ensembles including an ...

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Album Review

Old Mountain: Another State Of Rhythm

Read "Another State Of Rhythm" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Clean Feed Records has once again proven its prowess in bringing innovative jazz to the forefront, and Old Mountain's latest offering is a guiding light for those seeking to venture beyond the conventional boundaries of the genre. Each member brings a distinctive flair, yet their interplay feels seamless, creating a soundscape that is rich in texture and depth. Old Mountain's latest album, Another State of Rhythm, invites listeners on a contemplative journey. This quintet, featuring Pedro Branco on ...

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Album Review

Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: As Things Do

Read "As Things Do" reviewed by Troy Dostert


The Elusion Quartet has become one of bassist Michael Formanek's more formidable ensembles, even if it is a more recent project than his long- standing work with Tomas Fujiwara and Mary Halvorson in Thumbscrew, or the many recordings he has made with prominent saxophonists ranging from Tim Berne to Marty Ehrlich and Ellery Eskelin. Although As Things Do is only the second release by the group, it is a superb album in every respect and a strong contender for year-end ...

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Ben Monder / Tony Malaby / Tom Rainey: Live In Lisbon

Read "Live In Lisbon" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Although we mourn the millions (estimated 6.5 million) of lives lost in the the great pandemic of the 21st century, some good things have survived. For our purposes, great expressions in music making. Live In Lisbon is a perfect example. Guitarist Ben Monder assembled a trio with saxophonist Tony Malaby and drummer Tom Rainey at the cusp of the pandemic in March of 2020 to perform at his Tuesday gig in New York. Eschewing written composition for an all improvised ...

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Album Review

Whit Dickey Quartet: Root Perspectives

Read "Root Perspectives" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If it were possible to inhale an entire recording, Root Perspectives by drummer Whit Dickey's quartet might be the perfect delivery system. The music Dickey has put together comes as currents of wind, both a breeze and a gale. It is a drummer-led recording, but with any session this drummer leads (or plays in as sideman) his playing always complements without dominating the music. His new quartet includes pianist Matthew Shipp. Together, the pair have recorded dozens of ...

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Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Nel lontano 2000 il sassofonista Tony Malaby debuttò discograficamente come leader di un super quartetto denominato Sabino. A distanza di più di vent'anni ripropone la stessa formula con il chitarrista originale Marc Ducret sostituito da Ben Monder—collaboratore di lunga data di Malaby—e licenzia un disco di tutto rispetto. Vi troviamo le diverse anime che da anni contraddistinguono il percorso musicale di Malaby. Il suo districarsi con naturalezza tra tradizione e innovazione, l'interesse per le forme folkloriche ed il coinvolgimento nella ...

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Tony Malaby: The Cave of Winds

Read "The Cave of Winds" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Veteran of Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and many of Kris Davis' intriguing forays, saxophonist Tony Malaby is by far no stranger to the other side of the music where paradigms slip from measure to measure, not to note. So The Cave of Winds, Malaby's dust-up with his electric quartet Sabino, follows a grandly familiar arc but sounds like nothing before it, and quite possibly like nothing that will come after it. Potent ...

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Performance / Tour

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Princeton University Jazz Festival Set for April 27-30, 2022

Source: Braithwaite & Katz Communications

Jazz at Princeton University, helmed by acclaimed saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa, announces the return of the Princeton University Jazz Festival. Presented in conjunction with Jazz Appreciation Month, the event, which takes place Wednesday, April 27 – Saturday, April 30, features guest artists guitarist Gilad Hekselman, and saxophonists Seamus Blake, Tony Malaby and Alexa Tarantino performing with Princeton University’s stellar student ensembles. Wednesday, April 27 Jazz Vocal Collective Directed by Trineice Robinson-Martin. The JVC is a small jazz ensemble highlighting solo voices ...

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Recording

Tony Malaby - Novela (Clean Feed, 2011) *****

Tony Malaby - Novela (Clean Feed, 2011) *****

Source: Free Jazz by Stef Gijssels

By Paul Acquaro Novela by Tony Malaby is a real treat. It tantalizes the senses with its complex yet accessible horn arrangements, burns with a restrained energy that propels the soloists and builds so imperceptibly that by time we are half way into the first piece, “Floating Head," and the piano's slightly disjointed but flowing phrases come to the fore, we are ready for a slight breather. The bass clarinet phrases with the horn and drum hits below the soloing ...

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Tony Malaby's Tamarindo Live!

Tony Malaby's Tamarindo Live!

Source: Gapplegate Music Review by Grego Edwards

Soprano-Tenor man Tony Malaby has been getting around much of late, appearing as a sideman or co-leader on quite a few dates, and putting together some very worthy sides as a leader. I'm now catching up with his latest, out a month or so, Tony Malaby's Tamarindo Live (Clean Feed 200). It certainly has clout and brilliance aplenty. There's Tony, the bass master himself—Mr. William Parker, a drive-and-bash specialist in drummer Nasheet Waits, and one of the most creative and ...

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Mark Turner and Tony Malaby Step in at Village Vanguard

Mark Turner and Tony Malaby Step in at Village Vanguard

Source: AAJ Staff

Joe Lovano, the tenor saxophonist, couldn't make it to the Village Vanguard this week. It was the beginning of an annual two-week stretch with the trio he's played in for 25 years, with the guitarist Bill Frisell and the drummer Paul Motian. But Mr. Lovano double-booked himself, so he had to be in Edinburgh, soloing with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. Two tenors, Tony Malaby and Mark Turner, are filling his spot. Not alternating, but simultaneously. This isn't so much ...

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Gigging: Tony Malaby's Tamarindo at Jazz Gallery

Gigging: Tony Malaby's Tamarindo at Jazz Gallery

Source: Inverted Garden by Eric Benson

It's an oft-repeated trope that you can tell the best ethnic restaurants by the make-up of their clientele. Walk into a Chinese restaurant on Canal St. and see tables full of the coach-bus-to-Broadway crowd, and you can safely turn around and walk out. Hop to the place next-door and do a double-take to make sure you're not in Fujian, and you've probably hit the jackpot.

I've always thought of the Jazz Gallery as the music's New York hole-in-the-wall for people ...

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Interview

Tony Malaby and His Horn Bring the Clean Feed Festival's New York Shows to a Close

Tony Malaby and His Horn Bring the Clean Feed Festival's New York Shows to a Close

Source: All About Jazz @ Spinner

It was late night on Sunday, May 9, when Tony Malaby and his Apparitions Quartet were cooking through a set of songs filled with high-energy improvisation, complex polyrhythms and beautiful melodies. Backed by drummers Tom Rainey and Satoshi Takeishi as well as bassist Sean Conly, Malaby played saxophone with a bristling intensity that matched the two-drummer backline, rocking back and forth with his eyes closed as he did. The sound filled the cozy basement of Cornelia Street Cafe as fans ...

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Songs from Iceland Featuring Tony Malaby

Songs from Iceland Featuring Tony Malaby

Source: All About Jazz


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Tony Malaby Cello Trio - Warblepeck (Songlines, 2008)

Tony Malaby Cello Trio - Warblepeck (Songlines, 2008)

Source: RVAjazz

By Roberto CurtisSaxophonist Tony Malaby--known for his ominously playful composition style--has teamed up with New York contemporary drummer John Hollenbeck and avant garde cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm to create Warblepeck, an album that is as experimental as it is fun.Billed as the Tony Malaby Cello Trio, the group's virtuosity creeps up behind the obvious ingenuity and body slams you with sonic indulgence. With Lonberg-Holm's berimbau-hammering techniques on the cello strings and Hollenbeck's eerie children's polyrhythmic marimba, title ...

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Tony Malaby's Cello Trio (Fri) Pete Zimmer Group (Sat) at Cornelia Street Cafe

Tony Malaby's Cello Trio (Fri) Pete Zimmer Group (Sat) at Cornelia Street Cafe

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

CORNELIA STREET CAFE 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319 between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village 1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St. Fri Jan 04, 9:00PM & 10:30PM TONY MALABY'S CELLO TRIO Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Fred Lonberg Holm, cello; John Hollenbeck, drums Cover $10 Sat Jan 05, 9:00PM & 10:30PM PETE ...

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Ribs & Brisket Revue (Mon) Speakeasy (Tue) Tony Malaby's Cello Trio (Fri) Pete Zimmer Group (Sat) This Week at Cornelia Street Cafe

Ribs & Brisket Revue (Mon) Speakeasy (Tue) Tony Malaby's Cello Trio (Fri) Pete Zimmer Group (Sat) This Week at Cornelia Street Cafe

Source: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services

CORNELIA STREET CAFE 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319 between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village 1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St. This Week At Cornelia Street Cafe Mon Dec 31, 10:00PM RIBS & BRISKET REVUE Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet; Cilla Owens, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Joe Ham, drums; Booker King, bass; w/ special guest: ...

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Another State Of...

Clean Feed Records
2024

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Live in Barcelona

Fresh Sound Records
2024

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Green Thumb

Posi-Tone Records
2023

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As Things Do

Intakt Records
2023

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Live In Lisbon

Robalo Music
2022

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The Good Life

From: Live in Barcelona
By Tony Malaby

Lullaby

From: Live in Barcelona
By Tony Malaby

Just Me, Just Me

From: The Cave of Winds
By Tony Malaby

Entity

From: Entity
By Tony Malaby

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