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Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab

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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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Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

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Brussels Jazz Festival Flagey Brussels, Belgium January 10-19, 2019 The Brussels Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer, but this ambitious 10-dayer managed to sell out around two thirds of its gigs, and was overall the most successful in attendance for this fifth edition. Concerts are held in the two main studios of Flagey, a 1930s Art Deco radio broadcasting complex in the Ixelles area, just south of the city centre. It was ...

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Craig Taborn and his multiple motion

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Craig Taborn is among the most creative musicians on today's scene. His music is shaped by a deep intellectual curiosity towards a wide range of artistic forms and sources of knowledge. His technical, stylistic, emotional and mental versatility have allowed him to collaborate with a large range of recognized masters in diverse styles of contemporary jazz. Despite such diversity and versatility, Taborn has a distinctive, recognizable and focused approach. His piano style, especially evident on the solo album ...

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Read "Daylight Ghosts" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

It is very difficult to describe or sum up pianist Craig Taborn's inimitable artistic vision, style of playing and compositions. He employs a wide range of stylistic means and concepts, and as a result his playing style and compositions, be it in a solo setting or with accompaniment, are very diverse and insistently exploratory. This improvising composer and pianist has been heralded as one of the foremost practitioners on his instrument. His own approach to the piano isn't as much ...

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Craig Taborn/Ikue Mori: Highsmith

Read "Highsmith" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Craig Taborn--who seems an artist unconcerned with striking a commercial chord--climbed into a higher profile with three terrific releases on ECM Records: Avenging Angel (2011); Chants (2013); and Daylight Ghosts (2017). Beyond those, his discography as a leader is slim--as opposed to his prodigious sideman contributions. He and his artistry have been described as “elusive." Go ahead and try to find the category for him. And if ECM Records has a place for his wide-ranging vision, so does John ...

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Read "Daylight Ghosts" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

In addition to his copious sideman work (including multiple recordings with James Carter, Roscoe Mitchell, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, and Chris Potter, among many others) pianist/keyboardist Craig Taborn has found time to record intermittently as a leader since 1994's Craig Taborn Trio (IDW). This is his third ECM album, following the solo Avenging Angel (2011) and the trio date Chants (2012). The music Taborn composed for Daylight Ghosts' quartet emphasizes group improvisation over sharply defined soloist/accompanist roles, facilitated ...

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts

Read "Daylight Ghosts" reviewed by Troy Dostert

In addition to his eighty-plus appearances as a sideman, pianist Craig Taborn has during the last six years found a happy home for his own music on the ECM label, where he's been able to establish a formidable body of work in just a few recordings. It makes sense, really, that after his solo record Avenging Angel (2011) and trio outing Chants (2013), he is now working with a quartet. An expanded group gives him more tools to work with, ...

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Craig Taborn: Flaga: Book of Angels, Volume 27

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There was always a sense that pianist Craig Taborn was more successful as a “super sideman" than as a leader of his own recordings. His contributions to CD offerings by saxophonist Tim Berne, reedman Roscoe Mitchell, saxophonists David Binney and James Carter, and many more, have been critical in crafting dozens of excellent music sets. Then he recorded a solo piano disc for ECM Records, Avenging Angel (2011), followed by a trio set for the label, Chants (2013). These two ...

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Craig Taborn Trio at Gent Jazz Club

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Craig Taborn Trio Belfort Café Gent, Belgium October 13, 2014 For some an enforced line up change mid tour might have spelled disaster. But pianist Craig Taborn's trio rode their fortune and delivered a, likely adrenaline-fuelled, wonderful performance. When drummer Gerald Cleaver, Taborn's most longstanding accomplice, pulled out for medical reasons, the pianist called up reinforcement in the shape of hometown stickman JT Bates. He flew in from Minneapolis, arriving just half ...

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Craig Taborn Trio: Columbus, Ohio April 27, 2013

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Craig Taborn TrioWexner Center For The ArtsColumbus, OhioApril 27, 2013Traveling to support the release of Chants (ECM, 2013), pianist Craig Taborn's Trio, with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver, made an appearance at The Ohio State University's Wexner Center for The Arts. As label head/producer Manfred Eicher's artists are want to do, this mini-tour--a nine-city North American swing--followed a similar nine-city European jaunt.The pianist stood at the microphone telling his audience, “I ...

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Craig Taborn Trio: Chants

Read "Chants" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Craig Taborn's first ECM Records release under his own name, Avenging Angel (2011), garnered well-deserved praise as a worthy entry into the German label's long line of solo piano recordings by stellar artists such as Paul Bley, Chick Corea and, of course, Keith Jarrett. With Chants, a piano trio outing, Taborn will be held up for comparison against the label's ongoing piano trio explorations by Marcin Wasilewski, Stefano Battaglia, Bobo Stenson, Benedikt Jahnel, and (again, of course) Keith Jarrett. ...

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Craig Taborn: Chants

Read "Craig Taborn: Chants" reviewed by John Kelman

While he's been making himself a ubiquitous presence on the jazz scene for the past two decades--playing with everyone from saxophonists Tim Berne, David Binney and Chris Potter (on the equally stellar The Sublime And (Thirsty Ear, 2003), Graylen Epicenter (Mythology, 2011) and The Sirens (ECM, 2013), respectively), to bassists Michael Formanek and Scott Colley (whose Small Places (ECM, 2012) and Architect of the Silent Moment (Cam Jazz, 2007), respectively, were equally revelational)--pianist Craig Taborn's own discography as a leader ...


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