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Craig Taborn: Alone, at Last

On Avenging Angel, acclaimed sideman Craig Taborn makes an imposing solo piano statement

Craig Taborn performing with David Binney at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
Craig Taborn performing with David Binney at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
David Binney, Brian Blade and Craig Taborn backstage at CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
Craig Taborn

Perhaps the most influential keyboard sideman of the past 15 years, Craig Taborn has had a transformative impact on the music of James Carter, Tim Berne, David Binney, Drew Gress, Shane Endsley, Chris Potter, Mat Maneri, Scott Colley, Chris Lightcap, Susie Ibarra, Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra and many more. Yet Taborn’s offerings as a leader, never short of stunning, have been all too rare.

With Craig Taborn Trio (1994), Light Made Lighter (2001) and the jazz/electronic offering Junk Magic (2004) to his credit, Taborn has now issued a pièce de résistance: Avenging Angel, a freely improvised solo piano debut on the storied ECM label. It’s Taborn at his risk-taking best, alive in glowing abstract harmony, explosive rhythm and attention to sound in its innermost detail.

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