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Pianist-composer Kris Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “Over the past couple years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” Reviewing one of the series of striking albums Davis has released over the past half-decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays


Diatom Ribbons Live At The Village Vanguard

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2024
Track listing: Alice in The Congo; Nine Hats; The Dancer; VW; Dolores, Take 1; Bird Suite, Part 1: Kingfisher; Endless Columns; Bird Suite, Part 2: Bird Call Blues; Bird Suite, Part 3: Parasitic Hunter; Brainfeel; Dolores, Take 2.


As Things Do

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bury the Lede; Rewind; In Turn; Rockaway Beach; Cracked Bells; Entropy; I Don’t Think So; Gone Home.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others

Read "Chuck Owen, Taj Mahal, Kris Davis and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode includes a lot of diverse music, including Chuck Owen with the WDR Big Band, Taj Mahal's tuba band, Kris Davis' Diatom Ribbons, and other artists such as Alex Conde, and Ellery Eskelin. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

Article: Live Review

Craig Taborn e Borderlands Trio a Roma

Read "Craig Taborn e Borderlands Trio a Roma" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Craig Taborn Solo, Borderlands Trio Casa del Jazz, Parco della Musica Roma 25, 28.11.2023 La fase finale della programmazione d'autunno alla Casa del Jazz di Roma ha offerto l'opportunità dell'ascolto ravvicinato di due tra le personalità al vertice del pianoforte, e della creazione musicale in senso lato, in circolazione oggi. ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Daniel Carter, Chicago Edge Ensemble, & Charlotte Keeffe

Read "Daniel Carter, Chicago Edge Ensemble, & Charlotte Keeffe" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Music on the edge prevails in this episode, highlighted by the ubiquitous multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Chicago guitarist Dan Phillips and his Chicago Edge Ensemble, and a Polish/Spanish quintet that features guitarist Grzegorz Lesiak, trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz and the members of the Liba Villavecchia Trio. James Baldwin's works are the subject of a baldwin en transit, French ...


Article: Live Review

Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66

Read "Farewell to a Behind-the-Scenes Festival Legend, Monterey Jazz Festival at 66" reviewed by Josef Woodard

This year's model of the Monterey jazz festival, now up to its 66th annual, felt overall like one of the strongest and most balanced of the past decade. Salient highlights included a stunning African-flavored commissioned work, Isakoso Ara, from Ambrose Akinmusire--one of the proudest products of this festival over many years--along with a saucy and artful ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Live? From the Village Vanguard

Read "Live? From the Village Vanguard" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

There are many storied jazz venues, but for a great recorded legacy, none quite matches the Village Vanguard. So many epochal improvised moments put to tape! So many clinking wine glasses captured for eternity! Such a matchless, smoky atmosphere of creation in the heat of the moment! (Insert record scratch here.) The boys don't look at ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bernie Worrell, Kris Davis, Idris Ackamoor, Helen Svoboda & More

Read "Bernie Worrell, Kris Davis, Idris Ackamoor, Helen Svoboda & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Travel the spaceways with Sun Ra, Bernie Worrell, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Joe Zawinul, then experience the Afro Futuristic dreams of Idris Ackamoor, the grooves of the Adam Deitch Quartet featuring John Scofield and the river streams that have inspired Helen Svoboda and Slowly Rolling Camera. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison Mondo ...


Article: In Pictures

Renewing the Legacy: The Day 2 Musical Odyssey at the Newport Jazz Festival

Read "Renewing the Legacy: The Day 2 Musical Odyssey at the Newport Jazz Festival" reviewed by Dave Kaufman

Day 1 | Day 2 | Part 3 The first day at the Newport showcased a multitude of performers who could be described as “beyond jazz" or “jazz adjacent." Their performances were greeted enthusiastically, and they added a palpable energy and a festive vibe. In the last two days of the festival, the balance ...


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