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The Bad Plus: Activate Infinity (Edition)/ Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn: Golden Valley Is Now (Intakt)

Drummer Dave King and bassist Reid Anderson have had an uproarious last 24 months. They lost their partner of 17 years in the Bad Plus, pianist Ethan Iverson, found a new Bad keyboardist/pal (the joyously diabolical Orrin Evans), and recorded two new albums, including this month’s Activate Infinity. At the same time, Anderson and King renewed … Read More “The Bad Plus: Activate Infinity (Edition)/ Reid Anderson/Dave King/Craig Taborn: Golden Valley Is Now (Intakt)”

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Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love (Pi)

Alto saxophonist Steve Lehman’s 14th release is jazz for those tired of rehashing the genre’s past and ready to “be here now,” as ’60s-era spiritual travelers were fond of saying. The People I Love is resolutely modern. With resourceful pianist Craig Taborn joining Lehman’s longstanding trio, the album is intriguing and evocative—and it swings like … Read More “Steve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn: The People I Love (Pi)”

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Kris Davis/Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)

An oceangoing organism with one brain and eight independent neuron-bearing limbs is the perfect image to invoke for a rather intense collection of piano duets. Taborn’s guest appearance on Davis’ 2016 album Duopoly excited both players enough to prompt a U.S. tour last fall, the source of these recordings. The opening “Interruptions One,” written by … Read More “Kris Davis/Craig Taborn: Octopus (Pyroclastic)”

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Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM)

The challenge in making a hybrid acoustic/electronic album sound like a genuine blend rests in large part with ensemble play, from which solos emerge—tendrils as extensions of the whole. This four-piece unit, led by Craig Taborn on piano and various electronic accouterments, with Chris Speed taking up tenor saxophone and clarinet, Chris Lightcap on bass … Read More “Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts (ECM)”

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