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Tom Rainey: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by John Sharpe

Recorded live at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, Connecticut, Combobulated constitutes the fourth outing for what might be now seen as a free jazz supergroup, even if it wasn't when they cut Pool School (Clean Feed, 2009). The stars of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson have continued to rise in the intervening years, while drummer Tom Rainey has been at the top of the game since the early 1990s. While the group plies its trade under Rainey's banner, ...

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Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Ingrid Laubrock: Combobulated

Read "Combobulated" reviewed by Don Phipps

Recorded live in 2017 in New Haven, Connecticut at restaurant, watering hole, and music space Firehouse 12, Tom Rainey's Combobulated attests to the genius of three of the leading innovative music makers on the scene today. Rainey's collaborative music with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson offer up sound explosions and introspections that unzip and fragment consciousness. Rainey's muscular drumming explores timbres, shades, velocity, and ferociousness--sometimes simultaneously. Yet he can just as easily remain in the background, ...

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Tom Rainey Obliggato: Float Upstream

Read "Float Upstream" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer Tom Rainey's reputation runs toward the “outside." His “worked with" resume speaks loudest perhaps from his collaborations with saxophonist Tim Berne--not a guy given to relaxing into a reverent take of, say,  "What's New" or “Stella By Starlight." So a set of the familiar standards from Rainey comes as a bit of a surprise. Tom Rainey Obbligato, featuring a trumpet/saxophone front line with a piano/bass/drums rhythm section line-up that has been the standard jazz combo since Charlie ...

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Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief

Read "Hotel Grief" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of a bulging discography, Hotel Grief constitutes only the fourth entry under drummer Tom Rainey's leadership. It follows Pool School (Clean Feed, 2010) and Camino Cielo Echo (Intakt, 2012) by the same all star line up, comprising Mary Halvorson on guitar and Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones. After two studio dates, this time out they recorded live on home turf at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village. Being so familiar with one another's styles means that even though ...

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Tom Rainey: Obbligato

Read "Obbligato" reviewed by Troy Collins

Tom Rainey has been a fixture in New York's Downtown scene since the early '90s. The stalwart drummer's current efforts have found him expanding his purview, collaborating with a new generation of creative improvisers. Working on original material with young Brooklyn-based artists like Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson, Rainey continues experiments in form and structure that he originally helped pioneer with his peers, including Tim Berne, Andy Laster and Tom Varner.Obbligato is Rainey's second release for Intakt Records ...

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Tom Rainey Trio: Camino Cielo Echo

Read "Camino Cielo Echo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For its second outing, drummer Tom Rainey's trio establishes itself as a commanding representative of the latest direction in pioneering jazz. By creating (more like co-creating) music with two of today's in-demand players--guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock--Rainey continues his streak of outings with vanguard players.The drummer has been heard in cutting-edge bands since the 1990s, led by such esteemed avant-garde players as saxophonists Tim Berne and Tony Malaby, guitarists Nels Cline and David Torn, and bassist ...

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Tom Rainey Trio: Pool School

Read "Pool School" reviewed by Chris May

Though there are more substantial things to observe about Brooklyn-based drummer Tom Rainey's Pool School, let's start by saying that the disc's hand-tinted, faux 1930s cover art is among the more stylish to have emerged so far in 2010. And even if the imagery is most immediately resonant of summer in Portugal, the Clean Feed label's home turf, intentionally or not, there is a connection to the music on the metal (yes, it does have something to do with deep ...


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