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Kris Davis

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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

Album

In Common III

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shine; Loping; Oliver; Hornets; Orange Crush; After; Lite; For Some Time; Shutout; Reds; Variable; Prince July; Dust; Familiar; Misere.

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Article: Live Review

Jazz em Agosto 2022

Read "Jazz em Agosto 2022" reviewed by Stefano Merighi


Jazz em Agosto Fondazione Gulbenkian -Varie sedi Lisbona, Portogallo 30.7-7.8.2022 L'ultima edizione di Jazz em Agosto conferma il fiuto infallibile della direzione artistica per ciò che profuma di nuovo nelle musiche contemporanee afferenti al jazz. Vi sono larghi mezzi qui, che permettono di invitare appositamente artisti non necessariamente in ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More

Read "Anat Cohen, Weather Report, Craig Taborn and Much More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show includes a wide array of jazz musicians from the present and recent past including Anat Cohen, Donny McCaslin, Weather Report, Henry Threadgill and Roy Haynes. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Sextet of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kris Davis, Cole Porter & Lenny Marcus

Read "Kris Davis, Cole Porter & Lenny Marcus" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Washington DC-area pianist Lenny Marcus begins the 755th Episode of Neon Jazz with new material off his latest 2022 album When a Door Opens. We also hear new works from Ermelinda Cuellar, Kristina Koller and the Diva Jazz Orchestra. Balancing all this new material are classics from The California Ramblers, Aretha Franklin and Muggsy Spanier. A ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Interpret It Well

Read "Interpret It Well" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


A short list of the fellow travelers who New York drummer, vibraphonist & percussionist Ches Smith has journeyed alongside—Tim Berne, Kris Davis, John Zorn, Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, David Torn—should give a hint to the many places he went with his latest experiment Interpret It Well. On this second go round with pianist & ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

Read "Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players" reviewed by Leo Sidran


From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...

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Article: Album Review

Ingrid Laubrock and Andy Milne: Fragile

Read "Fragile" reviewed by Troy Dostert


In 2019, tenor & soprano saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock began for Intakt Records a series of duo recordings with leading pianists . The first two instalments paired her with Aki Takase (Kasumi) and Kris Davis (Blood Moon), both sensible choices as Takase and Davis have long been fixtures in avant-garde jazz, traveling in the same circles as ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith: Interpret It Well

Read "Interpret It Well" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Ches Smith's extraordinary Path of Seven Colors (Pyroclastic Records, 2021) was a breakout recording that placed the drummer/composer at the top of many year-end lists. His sophomore outing on Kris Davis' label bears little similarity to his Pyroclastic debut beyond the artist's knack for discovering unexplored terrain. Interpret It Well reunites the trio of pianist Craig ...

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Article: Live Review

Big Ears Festival 2022

Read "Big Ears Festival 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Big Ears Festival Knoxville, TN March 24-27, 2022 The Big Ears Festival found ways to continue virtually during the pandemic—most notably by sponsoring the Norwegian Digital Jazz Festival—but there is no substitute for the big glorious eclectic event that is the in-person festival. Past festivals have usually opened with a big kickoff ...


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