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Tony Malaby’s Sound Studies

The saxophonist balances artistic daring and highly informed craftsmanship

Tony Malaby

On Jan. 12, his 49th birthday, saxophonist Tony Malaby played an unruly set with his Tuba Trio at Winter Jazzfest in New York. Joined by Dan Peck on tuba and John Hollenbeck on drums, percussion and keyboards, Malaby burned brightly, leaning into phrases with gestures from the elbow and shoulder, wringing a twisted beauty from the tenor as he held it aloft. The lusty audience response seemed to register that a hero of today’s improvised music scene was on the stage.

The buzz started around 2000, when Malaby debuted with Sabino and drew sweaty capacity crowds to his gigs at the Internet Café in the East Village. Since then Malaby has led one adventurous group after another, including the two-drummer Apparitions unit, the Cello Trio, the gorgeous and harrowing Novela nonet and the Tamarindo trio with bassist William Parker and drummer Nasheet Waits.

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