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Craig Taborn: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by John Sharpe

Although a peerless pianist, Craig Taborn has been captivated by electronics since the age of 12, and he scratches that itch big-time on Compass Confusion. The role of post-production treatments in the creation of jazz records has a long history, from Orrin Keepnews piecing together the issued version of Thelonious Monk's 1956 classic “Brilliant Corners" from among 24 takes of the tune, to Miles Davis and Teo Macero forging masterpieces like Bitches Brew (CBS, 1970) from studio jams. Taborn's ethos ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Junk Magic: Compass Confusion

Read "Compass Confusion" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

Density. Shifting ground. Textural discord. Sharpness like glass. Resonant emptiness. Explorative improvisation, electronica sound spaces and electric beats. Released by the Craig Taborn project Junk Magic, Compass Confusion moves the fusion of live performance with electronica to the next level, making the division between the two often difficult to discern. The album incorporates a cross section of electronica techniques, including often lesser recognized subgenres like ambient, trip-hop, and minimalist industrial. This diverse representation of electronic music coupled with ...

LIVE REVIEW

Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab

Read "Craig Taborn at Sonic Lab" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

LIVE REVIEW

Brussels Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Brussels Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

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 ...

INTERVIEW

Craig Taborn and his multiple motion

Read "Craig Taborn and his multiple motion" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ALBUM REVIEW

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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