The NY trio of alto saxophonist Rob Brown, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Nasheet Waits performing at the Sons d'Hiver Festival in 2010, insprired and powerful group interplay.
Released in: France
"...Every trio without a piano, or without a drums, or as in this case without a double bass, gains in incline what it loses in "balance". It only takes a little sometimes. Everyone plays at ease across. Everyone can split themselves. There are no more solos as solos but phases, circles of influence and predominance which do not last. The duos bind and unbind more clearly, the contrasts stand out better. The theme is no longer material to develop but, as in Unknown Skies, a lyrical and volatile substance which evaporates between the communicating vessels of two duos within the trio, from the sweet wanderings of Brown and Taborn to the moats where Taborn and Waits dance. Here and there.
In the middle of "Bounce Back", the theme is a branching, and only a branching, connecting the spiral discussion between the saxophonist and the drummer and the take off of the pianist. Here and there. On "The Upshot", the theme does not unfold, it coils and rewinds more and more rapidly, up to the clearing. Bobbin-clearing. When it is still exposed in due form, and comes back at the end, as on "A Final Line", the theme seems almost unable to bear the pressure of what will follow, of what has gone before."-Alexandre Pierrepont, excerpt from the liner notes
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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."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Taborn)
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Recorded live on January 30th, 2010 by Jacques Laville at Saint-Mande, France.
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1. A Fine Line 15:55
2. Unknown Skies 16:31
3. Bounce Back 13:25
4. The Upshot 11:21
5. Temerity 4:45