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Tyshawn Sorey

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ewark-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980) is celebrated for his incomparable virtuosity, effortless mastery and memorization of highly complex scores, and an extraordinary ability to blend composition and improvisation in his work. He has performed nationally and internationally with his own ensembles, as well as artists such as John Zorn, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Wadada Leo Smith, Marilyn Crispell, George Lewis, Claire Chase, Steve Coleman, Steve Lehman, Robyn Schulkowsky, Evan Parker, Anthony Braxton, and Myra Melford, among many others. The New York Times has praised Sorey for his instrumental facility and aplomb, “he plays not only with gale-force physicality, but also a sense of scale and equipoise”; The Wall Street Journal notes Sorey is, “a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas.” The New Yorker recently noted that Sorey is “among the most formidable denizens of the in-between zone…An extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” Sorey has received support for his creative projects from The Jerome Foundation, The Shifting Foundation, Van Lier Fellowship, and was recently named a 2017 MacArthur fellow

Album

Uneasy

Label: ECM Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Children of Flint; Combat Breathing; Night and Day; Touba; Drummer's Song; Augury; Configurations; Uneasy; Retrofit; Entrustment.

Album

Facets

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Facet Taborn; Dawn Facet; Facet 27 Light; Facet 28 Nora, Facet 29 Night; Facet 34 Defracted; Ask Me Now; Facet Sorey; Facet 31 Woke; Ebb Facet; Facet 33 Tides; Flow Facet; Pannonica; Facet BB; Facet 35 Ode B’kongofon; Facet 32 Black Pearl; Facet 39 Mato Paha; Ode Reprise.

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

Read "Uneasy" reviewed by Scott Gudell


When Vijay Iyer signed to ECM Records in 2013, he joined a prestigious group of world-class musicians (including fellow pianist Keith Jarrett). With Uneasy, Iyer returns to familiar territory by leading a combo of bass, drums and piano. This album's trio can intuitively improvise and, with the revered pianist-composer at the helm, the music they present ...

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Article: Album Review

Vijay Iyer: Uneasy

Read "Uneasy" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


If we are watching it all unfold in real time, why not listen in the same way? So, like most things these dire days, Vijay Iyer, Linda May Han Oh and Tyshawn Sorey start Uneasy on a slow burn that engulfs the listener into another realm beyond isolation, beyond our societies of one. As ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures

Read "Joe Lovano: Finding New Adventures" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The loss of gig and the accompanying income stream, caused by the insidious and evil coronavirus, has hurt musicians across all genres. It has separated them from friends and band mates, from projects and from going to special places—physically and artistically. Coping with it is the order of the day. It has created some dark moments ...

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Article: Interview

Francesca Remigi: impegno sociale, innovazione e crescita

Read "Francesca Remigi: impegno sociale, innovazione e crescita" reviewed by Serena Antinucci


Il primo disco della batterista e compositrice Francesca Remigi, Il labirinto dei topi, realizzato insieme al gruppo Archipélagos è un progetto complesso e importante, in cui si osserva la società e si esprimono le sue profonde contraddizioni. La batterista di Bergamo ci fa ascoltare il deterioramento delle logiche capitalistiche, lo sfaldamento del sistema sociale e culturale ...

Article: Album Review

Stefano Tamborrino: Seacup

Read "Seacup" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala


Seacup nasce dalla profonda e sincera esigenza, da parte del batterista fiorentino Stefano Tamborrino, di allargare la propria tavolozza, i propri orizzonti espressivi e artistici, mettendo in scena un organico con quattro archi. Il contrabbasso, invece del secondo violino di un quartetto d'archi classico, compie la somma. Dal lavoro scaturisce uno Stefano Tamborrino inedito e lontano ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020

Read "John Pietaro's "Test" Of 2020" reviewed by John Pietaro


It would be a fool's errand in a covid-damaged society to attempt a peaceably gathered year's end “Best of" list, in jazz or any other genre or medium. But artists of jazz and all avant gardes have been especially susceptible to the considerable financial ebbing and health concerns of this period. Discussing this concept with my ...


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