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Craig Taborn

Craig Taborn is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer. Also playing organ and Moog synthesizer, Taborn has worked mostly in jazz, although he also does dark ambient and techno music. Taborn started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by the freedom expressed in the recordings of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. While still at university, Taborn toured and recorded with saxophonist James Carter. He went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings, while also building a reputation as a solo pianist

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Dream and Guess

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Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
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Compass Confusion

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Laser Beaming Hearts; Dream and Guess; Compass Confusion; The Science of Why the Devil Smells like Sulfur; The Night Land; Sargasso; Sunsets Forever.

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Listener's Choice

Read "Listener's Choice" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

We've been looking at various critic's and website's “best jazz of the 2010's" lists, but now the listeners get to weigh in. Their wide-ranging suggestions encompass a couple of fairly accessible albums and a couple more challenging discs, all featuring artists who have yet to appear as headliners on our show. This will conclude our sequence ...

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James Brandon Lewis, Code Girl, Junk Magic, Tim Berne & Gianni Lenoci

Read "James Brandon Lewis, Code Girl, Junk Magic, Tim Berne & Gianni Lenoci" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

When you're hot, you're hot, and that's the kind of year saxophonist James Brandon Lewis is having. He's been a part of several fine albums this year, and his recent quartet release, Molecular, for Intakt Records is a further step on his path to the top. He demonstrates his concept of “Molecular Systematic Music." Mary Halvorson ...

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Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019

Read "Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Angelica Sanchez & Marilyn Crispell and SPIME 2019" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Everyone's favourite drummer Dan Weiss created quite a stir with the debut album of his band Starebaby. That ball keeps rolling with their sophomore release, Natural Selection. And what else could you expect from a band with Matt Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Ben Monder and Trevor Dunn? The album rocks! Friend and mentor become playing partners on ...

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The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet

Read "The Diverse Musical Settings of Vijay Iyer - Solo, Duo, Trio & Sextet" reviewed by Russell Perry

The last decade was one of immense consequence and productivity for pianist/composer Vijay Iyer. In 2012 alone, in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll he was voted Artist of the Year, Pianist of the Year, Small Group of the Year (the Vijay Iyer Trio), Album of the Year (Accelerando), and Rising Star Composer of the Year. ...

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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 ...

The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records

Read "The Volcanic World Of Pyroclastic Records" reviewed by Mark Corroto

As listeners we so often typecast musicians and music labels. Artists are pigeonholed into silos: classical, jazz, rock, blues, pop, etc.. Go into any record store (if you can find a brick & mortar one) and this segregation, a forced separation, is also evident. Even streaming services are divided in this manner. Maybe it is just ...

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Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases

Read "Steph Richards, Dwight Trible, Roberto Ottaviano, Craig Taborn & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week our playlist is bursting at the seams with great projects, several of which explore the renewed interest in what many like to call 'spiritual jazz,' from Roberto Ottaviano to Dwight Trible's Cosmic Vibrations and Matthew Halsall out of the increasingly interesting Manchester jazz scene. The rest of the playlist alternates forward looking projects like ...


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