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Jim Black is at the forefront of a new generation of musicians bringing jazz into the 21st century. In addition to being one of the most influential drummers of our time, he is also the leader of one of the world's most forward-thinking bands, AlasNoAxis, featuring his longtime collaborators Chris Speed, Hilmar Jensson and Skúli Sverrisson. Based on the foundation of his virtuosic but highly personal approach to jazz drumming, Black's aesthetic has expanded to include Balkan rhythms, rock songcraft and laptop soundscapes. Though he is revered worldwide for his limitless technique and futuristic concepts, what many listeners treasure in most Jim Black's work is the relentless feeling of joy and invention he brings to his performances. Jim Black's smiling, kinetic, unpredictable presence has enthralled and inspired audiences worldwide for over twenty years.

Since the mid-90's, Black has played a major role in the incorporation of new sounds and techniques into the jazz/creative music context. As a member of the collective group Pachora (with Speed, Sverrisson, and guitarist Brad Shepik) Black was one of the leaders in the study and adaptation of Balkan music into jazz-based music. His advanced techniques abstracted the odd time signatures of the Balkans into a new polyrhythmic language equally informed by modern jazz, drum&bass and the dumbeks of the Balkans. Black has also been an innovator in the use of electronics in improvisation, bridging the gap between electro-acoustic improv and more jazz-based traditions. Today, Black's performances are just as likely to feature his laptop-based electronic textures as his drumming.

Born in 1967, Jim Black grew up in Seattle alongside future colleagues Chris Speed, Andrew D'Angelo and Cuong Vu. After cementing their personal and artistic relationships in Seattle's various youth jazz ensembles, in 1985 they moved to Boston, where Black entered the Berklee School of Music. In Boston, Black, Speed and D'Angelo formed Human Feel with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, which rapidly attracted the attention of the jazz cognoscenti in Boston, New York and beyond.

By 1991, Black and the other members of Human Feel had moved to New York City, where they electrified the Downtown music scene then centered around the Knitting Factory and rapidly became among the city's busiest sidemen. Black's early years in New York saw him take featured roles in some of the most critically acclaimed bands of the time, like Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Ellery Eskelin's trio, and Dave Douglas's Tiny Bell Trio. Thus began fifteen years of near-constant touring and recording, with the above bands as well as artists like Uri Caine, Satoko Fujii and Laurie Anderson.

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Articles on Jim Black

10/19/13    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Antiheroes
Jim Black & Alasnoaxis

11/23/12    Before & After    By Bill Milkowski

Before & After with Drummer Jim Black

07/05/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

BB&C (Berne, Black & Cline)

07/05/11    Albums    By Shaun Brady

BB&C (Berne, Black & Cline)

May 2011    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Endangered Blood
Endangered Blood

May 2011    Albums    By Lloyd Sachs

Endangered Blood
Endangered Blood

August 2008    Albums    By Brent Burton

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Hank Roberts with Marc Ducret and Jim Black

06/20/08    Concerts    By Andrew Gilbert

23rd Annual TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival

January/February 2007    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Dogs of Great Indifference
Jim Black’s Alasnoaxis

June 2005    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Different but the Same
David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Marino, Jim Black

June 2005    Saxophonics    By Chris Kelsey

Different but the Same
David Liebman, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Marino, Jim Black

May 2005    Albums    By Andrew Lindemann Malone

Swell Henry
Yeah No

November 2004    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

Habyor
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November 2004    Drum Beat    By Bill Milkowski

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December 2003    Albums    By Aaron Steinberg

Arcanum Moderne
Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black

04/02/03    Concerts    By Nate Chinen

Dave Douglas 40th Birthday Celebration Week

November 2002    Albums    By Stuart Nicholson

Splay
Jim Black Alasnoaxis

May 2001    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

The Secret Museum
Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black

November 2000    Features    By Bill Shoemaker

Jim Black: Opening the Filters

November 2000    JT Notes    By Christopher Porter

The New Beats

January/February 1998    Albums    By Bill Shoemaker

One Great Day…
Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black

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Endangered Blood

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