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Sclavis / Taborn / Rainey: Eldorado Trio (Clean Feed)

Reedist Louis Sclavis' new cooperative trio with keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Tom Rainey in a mix of studio and live recordings from Casa da Musica, Porto.

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UPC: 5609063001938

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF 193
Squidco Product Code: 13225

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recording by Joao Ferraz at Quinta da Musica Studios, Grijo, Porto, on September 13th. Except tracks 1, 43, and 6 recorded live by Joao Ferraz at Casa da Musica, Porto on September 12th 2009


Louis Sclavis-soprano saxophone and bass clarinet

Craig Taborn-piano and Fender Rhodes

Tom Rainey-drums

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track listing:

1. Let It Drop 8:39

2. To Steve Lacy 6:00

3. Up Down Up 6:14

4. La Viste 10:56

5. Summer Worlds 6:18

6. Lucioles 9:35

7. Possibilities 5:43

8. Eldorado 7:30
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This new cooperative trio with Craig Taborn and Tom Rainey brings a very unusual instrument combination in a very organic way pointing new ways to possible future collaborations by the best musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. The music on this CD brings a new ground to improvised music and that's exactly what Sclavis had in mind when he brought this band together. Even If most of the pieces are compositions by Sclavis alone, "Eldorado Trio" really sounds like a non-hierarchical, equalitarian, band, with all the implications we can think of: no-one is really the "soloist", and no-one has the established role to "accompany". The resulting music is pure gold, emanating a natural feeling: "A largely improvised music with some complex written parts, played by musicians with very similar dynamics and energy, but involved in different musical practices, able to complete each other and to easily find a group sound since the first note", as Sclavis himself puts it. And no, there wasn't the intention to design a "Franco-American connection": "These musicians aren't with me because they're Americans, but because they are who they are - jazz is the consequence of this kind of encounters." This is a landmark !"-Clean Feed

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"Craig Marvin Taborn (/ˈteɪˌbɔːrn/; born February 20, 1970) is an American pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer. He works solo and in bands, mostly playing various forms of jazz. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of music, including by the freedom expressed in recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music.

While at university, Taborn toured and recorded with jazz saxophonist James Carter. Taborn went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings, while also building a reputation as a solo pianist. He has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce. His improvising, particularly for solo piano, often adopts a modular approach, in which he begins with small units of melody and rhythm and then develops them into larger forms and structures.

In 2011, Down Beat magazine chose Taborn as winner of the electric keyboard category, as well as rising star in both the piano and organ categories. By May 2016, Taborn had released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than eighty as a sideman."

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"Thomas "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 Nels Cline, 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."

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