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German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and Vancouver pianist Kris Davis, both living and working in NY, and having worked together in a variety of groups including Laubrock's Anti-House, a trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey's Obligatto, &c. &c., concentrate their sophisticated playing with this duo album of 7 original compositions and 2 free improvisations.
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Catalog ID: ITK345.2
Squidco Product Code: 29216
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Oktaven Audio, in Mount Vernon, New York, on June 10th, 2019, by by Ryan Streber
Ingrid Laubrock-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
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"Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London/UK. She performed and/or recorded with: Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, Luc Ex, Django Bates' Human Chain, The Continuum Ensemble and many others.
Ingrid's current projects as a leader are Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra, Ingrid Laubrock Sextet and Ubatuba. Collaborations include LARK,Haste,Paradoxical Frog and Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey Duo.She is a member of Anthony Braxton's Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Andrew Drury's Content Provider, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris' Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley's Battle Pieces and Luc Ex' Assemblée. Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton's opera Trillium J.
Awards include the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004, a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006, the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize and the 2014 German Record Critics Quarterly Award. Commissions include Jammy Dodgers for jazz quintet and dancers (2006), Nonet music for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2007, SWR New Jazz Meeting 2011 and "Vogelfrei", a piece for chamber orchestra (ACO/Tricentric Foundation). She won Rising Star/soprano saxophone in the 2015 in the 'Downbeat Annual Critics Poll and won the 'El Intruso Critics Poll for tenor saxophone in 2013. Ingrid was Improviser in Residence 2012 in the German city Moers. The post is created to introduce creative music into the city throughout the year. As part of this she led a regular improvisation ensemble and taught sound workshops in elementary schools. Other teaching experiences include improvisation workshops at Towson University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Baruch College, University of Michigan, University of Newcastle and many others."-Ingrid Laubrock Website (http://ingridlaubrock.com/about.html)
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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. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold."
The newest album from Davis as a leader is Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed, 2013), with the pianist joined by kindred spirits Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Mat Maneri (viola), Trevor Dunn (double-bass) and Tom Rainey (drums). Davis made her debut on record as a leader with Lifespan (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2003), followed by three progressively inventive and acclaimed albums for the Fresh Sound label: the quartet discs The Slightest Shift (2006) and Rye Eclipse (2008), then the trio set Good Citizen (2010). Davis's 2011 solo piano album on Clean Feed, Aeriol Piano, appeared on Best of the Year lists in The New York Times, JazzTimes and Art Forum. Davis wrote the extraordinary arrangements for saxophonist-composer Tony Malaby's nonet project Novela, with the album Novela released by Clean Feed in 2011 and appearing on Best of the Year lists in DownBeat and JazzTimes. The pianist is also part of the collaborative Paradoxical Frog with Laubrock and drummer Tyshawn Sorey; their eponymous 2011 album on Clean Feed was included on Best of the Year lists by National Public Radio, The New York Times and All About Jazz.
In addition to her work as a leader, Davis has performed with such top figures as Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, John Hollenbeck, Michael Formanek and Mary Halvorson. Davis started playing piano at age 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory in Canada and formulating her desire for a life in music by playing in the school jazz band at age 12. She earned a bachelor's degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto and attended the Banff Centre for the Arts jazz program in 1997 and 2000. The pianist received a Canada Council grant to relocate to New York and study composition with Jim McNeely, then another to study extended piano techniques with Benoit Delbecq in Paris. She holds a master's in Classical Composition from the City College of New York, and she teaches at the School for Improvised Music.
The Jazz Gallery has given Davis a commissioning residency to write for her trio with Rainey and John Hébert to take place in May 2013, and the Shifting Foundation awarded her a grant to compose and record a large-ensemble project. About her art, JazzTimes has declared: "Davis draws you in so effortlessly that the brilliance of what she's doing doesn't hit you until the piece has slipped past." "-Kris Davis Website (http://krisdavis.net/bio/)
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1. Snakes And Lattice 7:20
2. Blood Moon 6:27
3. Gunweep 4:34
4. Flying Embers 7:34
5. Whistlings 5:29
6. Maroon 6:35
7. Golgi Complex 8:20
8. Elephant In The Room 3:56
9. Jagged Jaunts 2:28
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"More than a decade ago, saxophonist-composer Ingrid Laubrock met pianist-composer Kris Davis at the recently shuttered historic hang Cornelia Street Cafe in downtown Manhattan, before Laubrock had moved to New York.
Over the next years, Laubrock and Davis would inspire and challenge each other within varied musical contexts - and across a number of recordings - including Laubrock's critically-acclaimed quintet Anti-House, as well as other traditional instrumental role-resistant small groups and sprawling orchestral settings.
For the second installment of Laubrock's duo series on Intakt (after the Duo Laubrock-Takase), she and Davis stretch individual sounds of their like minds around seven original compositions and two improvised tracks, each crafted for the artists' unique interpretation as a duo. "Over the years we've just developed a certain language that's our language," says Laubrock. "We wrote most of the music specifically for the record, but didn't have an overarching concept." And: "I don't know many people I could do this with other than Kris," says Laubrock. "Musically, we are kindred spirits." "-Stephanie Jones, from the liner notes
"Two of the most admired improvisers and composers of our times - saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and pianist Kris Davis - join forces in a full-fledged duo session that sparkles with creativity and maturity. The program includes nine tracks - four by Laubrock, three by Davis and two completely improvised - that conjure a broad variety of timbres, moods and textures. Most of them were penned specifically for this record, which showcases the incredible musical understanding between these musicians.
Davis' "Snakes and Lattice" launches the proceedings and provides a happily modern, amiable trippy spin with spot-on synchronism, spectacular pointillism and coiled chains. At an early stage, Laubrock deliberately embraces pleasant melody, eliciting the standard "Lover Man" to pop into my head. This ephemeral moment evolves into a fusion of classical and avant-garde music where the cool attacks of the pianist send us over the moon.
Laubrock's Blood Moon lures us into its microtonal narratives. Relatable on an emotive level, this is a mainly reflective piece created with elasticity in timbre and a laid-back posture. Tradition is pulled into this orbit, yet the duo digs deeper for a little while, delving into an immersive risk-taking atmosphere.
The saxophonist infuses "Whistlings" with turns and jumps, making it a free rhythmic dance. There are arresting unisons and fragmented episodes full of life and color.
The discrepancy between "Flying Embers" and "Golgi Complex" are noticeable, yet both came from Davis' creative mind. The former is a low-key, sometimes ethereal exercise on intangibility with sustained sounds and long notes, while the latter, drawn from the pianist's latest album Diatom Ribbons, appears with a new outfit. In addition to the advanced language spoken throughout, we have an energizing groovy section by the end.
Just like the previously described piece, Laubrock's soprano inundates "Gunweep", a duo improvisation where she blows with bracing expression, agile technique, and a fair amount of charm. Davis' whirling vertigo is the perfect foil for this type of phrasing. It comes out of the right reaches of the keyboard and it's complemented with deep chordal sequences drowned in smart extensions.
What I really fancied about this work was the fact that it avoids the oversaturation and convoluted sonic vortexes commonly associated with the avant-garde jazz. The dynamics are more polished in a way, and the comfortable transitions occur with logic, being extremely pleasant to the ear. Both Laubrock and Davis boast a brilliantly-earned self-sufficiency in their playing. They also do wonders whenever their attractive sounds cross paths."-Filipe Freitas, Jazz Trail
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