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Tom Rainey

Tom Rainey (born 1957, Santa Barbara, California) is an American drummer. After attending Berklee College of Music he moved to New York in 1979. He has played with American jazz saxophonist and composer Tim Berne, and also with Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Tom Varner, Drew Gress, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias, and Simon Nabatov. A prolific session musician, he has appeared on close to eighty recordings over a career spanning over 25 years. He released his own first album Pool School (Clean Feed) in 2010.

Stir Crazy

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Stir Crazy Episode 1; Episode 2; Episode 3; Episode 4.

The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC

Label: Out Of Your Head Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Neuroplasticity pt. 1; Neuroplasticity pt. 2; Neuroplasticity pt. 3; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 13; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 1; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 2; Ducks And Geese...Or Rabbits pt. 4; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 1; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 2; Basil D. Ganglia pt. 3; Crossing The Threshold pt. 1; Crossing The Threshold pt. 2; Crossing The Threshold pt. 3; Crossing The Threshold pt. 4; Crossing The Threshold pt. 5; No Planet B pt. 1; No Planet B pt. 2.

Slip Sliding

Label: FRM - UK
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Slip Sliding 05:16 buy track 2. Ta Ta Daa - R. Burke 07:41 3. On the Ride - R. Burke 02:59 4. Slay It - R. Burke 05:03 5. Caulfield Call - R. Burke 03:51 6. Approach - R. Burke 04:03 7. Divergently - R. Burke 08:58 8. Discordat 1 (Group Improvisation) 03:42 9. Discordat 2 (Group Improvisation) 03:36 10. Discordat 3 (Group Improvisation) 04:40 11. Discordat 4 (Group Improvisation) 04:42

Plain

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Plain; Copy That; Cry From Hell; Break; Ramblin’ On; Slow Thinker; House Party Starting.

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Tim Berne and Nasheet Waits: The Coandă Effect

Read "The Coandă Effect" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Even by the customarily prolific standard he's set over the course of his career, 2020 is shaping up to be an especially accomplished year for saxophonist Tim Berne. His Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt) offered another scintillating formulation of his well-established Snakeoil outfit, and his first solo album, Sacred Vowels (Screwgun), was also released. Sandwiched in between, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The MacroQuarktet: The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC

Read "The Complete Night: Live At The Stone NYC" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Listening to The MacroQuarktet calls to mind comedians Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters. Did they warm up before an evening of improvisational comedy? Once on stage or a TV talk show, instantaneously they were 'on,' firing a superabundance of thoughts, jokes, impressions, etc at their audience. It is the same for the two improvised music sets ...

Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums

Read "Drummers as Bandleaders: An Alternative Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Drummers have been key members of every band which has changed the course of jazz history, from Max Roach with Charlie Parker to Elvin Jones with John Coltrane and onwards. Yet drummers have been the leaders of a surprisingly small proportion of landmark bands themselves. Chick Webb in the 1920s was the first of the few. ...

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Remembering Wallace and Manu

Read "Remembering Wallace and Manu" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we pay tribute to the recently departed Wallace Roney and Manu Dibango. There's a couple of tracks from Manu and selection of highlights from Wallace picking up on work associated with his mentor Miles Davis. I also feature the recent album from guitarist Tomas Janzon in a great quartet, and there's ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More

Read "Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel, Kenny Warren Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

I doubt you would get much argument that trumpet players Herb Robertson and Dave Ballou, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Tom Rainey are among the finest of their generation. When Robertson and Ballou decided to form a quartet back in 2005, those four musical minds coming together pretty much assured some magic would happen. In 2007 ...


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