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Sun of Goldfinger at Nublu 151

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Sun of Goldfinger Nublu 151 151 Avenue C March 22, 2019 Nublu 151 is one of those venues only New York City, or more specifically, the Lower East Side, can get away with. From the outside, it looks like a construction barrier: black plywood with a door cut into it. Maybe there's fifteen seats and the rest are benches and floorspace. Take your pick. Flashy lights, booze, and a sound system to die for.

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David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger

Read "Sun Of Goldfinger" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Storied experimental guitarist David Torn is also so much more: looper, songwriter, improviser, session guitarist, film composer, record producer, and mixer. In his long association with ECM Records he has done most of those things, going back to Cloud About Mercury (1987, recently reissued)--arguably still his best known album as a leader--the group project Prezens (2007), which featured Tim Berne and others, and his more recent solo looping album Only Sky (2015). Production credits include Tim Berne's You've Been Watching ...

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David Torn: Sun Of Goldfinger

Read "Sun Of Goldfinger" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

For less daring and disillusioned audiences, David Torn's ongoing conversation and debate with the twenty-first century Sun of Goldfinger might sound unnervingly like seventy-plus minutes of tuneless, churning exposition laying waste to conventional form. For the rest, these three uncompromising works create an immersive excursion into an intense creative mind opening itself to all possibilities. Along with absorbing listeners and expecting reductive reactions from them, fellow New York adventurers also join Torn on these mercurial dialogs. Tim Berne's ...

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David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger

Read "Sun Of Goldfinger" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Sometimes a recording comes with a “play it loud" recommendation. Let's give one of those to Sun Of Goldfinger, from guitarist David Torn, alto saxophonist Tim Berne and percussionist Ches Smith. Torn, a self-described “texturalist/guitarist," has been associated with ECM Records since the '80s, with Cloud About Mercury (1987)--a disc the label is reissuing in 2019--and Without Warning and Best Laid Plans, both from 1984. Berne and Smith are relative newcomers to ECM, with four CD releases, beginning ...

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David Torn: Making Records, Film Composition, and Working With David Bowie

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Experimental guitarist, looper, songwriter, improviser, session guitarist, film composer, record producer, mixer...David Torn is all of those things. He is constantly on the move, looking forward to the next thing. He was last interviewed for All About Jazz in 2007 ("David Torn: A Lifetime Of Improvisation In Non-Improvisational Settings“). Our conversation mostly ranged over his many activities in the ten years since then. Asked about researching his playing history, and the Wikipedia article in particular: The ...

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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest 2016

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ECM @ Winter Jazzfest ECM Records Stage The New School, Tishman Auditorium New Yor, NY January 15 & 16, 2016 New York City's 2016 Winter Jazzfest Marathon capped off a string of first-week performances. The running theme of the festival was transition, as musicians of all walks emphasized the collaborative spirit of their chosen profession and the metamorphic possibilities without which jazz would wither. At the heart of this year's Marathon ...

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David Torn at Streamside Concerts

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David Torn Streamside Concerts Arden, NC June 6, 2015 Experimental electric guitarist David Torn was touring to support his album only sky (ECM, 2015), a collection of solo performances done in real time using looping and other electronic processing. But there was no attempt to play selections from the recording: as Torn explained during the Q&A after the concert, all of the performances on the tour were completely improvised. Anyone who has followed Torn's career ...

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only sky

Read "only sky" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite a career that now goes back over three decades, the relative infrequency of releases from guitarist and sound sculptor David Torn renders any new one, at the very least, a cause for speculation...if not enthusiastic anticipation. Beyond the soundtracks that have become one piece of the puzzle that defines who Torn is--and acting as engineer and/or producer for fellow unfettered explorers like saxophonist Tim Berne on albums including Shadow Man (ECM, 2013) as another--Torn was last heard on a ...

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David Torn's Prezens at Joe's Pub, NYC

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David Torn and Prezens at Joe's Pub, NYCJoe's PubNew York City, NYMarch 13, 2008 The quartet that took the stage is a live version of the group that is on prezens (ECM, 2007), which is the result of guitarist/electronics magician David Torn's post-processing of many hours of improvising by him, Tim Berne (alto saxophone), Craig Taborn (keyboards) and Tom Rainey (drums). When the chance to hear this band live presented itself, I jumped at ...

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David Torn: A Lifetime of Improvisation in Non-Improvisational Settings

Read "David Torn: A Lifetime of Improvisation in Non-Improvisational Settings" reviewed by Paul Olson

David Torn has done work in so many capacities in such a variety of musical projects that it's somewhat daunting to try to state just what exactly he is. Certainly Torn's a guitarist of humbling technique--but he's always been more interested in texture and sound than the kind of electric shredding beloved in guitar-hero-worshiping circles. Torn studied composition with Leonard Bernstein and guitar with John Abercrombie and Pat Martino. It was during his tenure as guitarist with the ...

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David Torn: Prezens

Read "Prezens" reviewed by Budd Kopman

With Prezens, guitarist and electronics magician David Torn returns to ECM with his first album since Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987). In the intervening twenty-year absence, Torn has made a number of albums for other labels, and has also composed movie soundtracks. The music was created by a working band that spent years playing together, and then got together in the studio to record about a dozen hours of purely improvised material. Torn then took the results ...

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David Torn: Prezens

Read "Prezens" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

David Torn never ceases to amaze with the variety of stylistic veins of sound he mines for gold and gems. There are many guitarists out there but rarely has someone shown such a broad scope with their playing, wide taste in influences, musical diversity, and capability in painting challenging and solitary impressions with their guitar brushstrokes. Prezens is his first album as a band leader for ECM since Cloud about Mercury released in 1986. The album transmits ...


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