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Brad Barrett/Joe Morris/Tyshawn Sorey: Cowboy Transfiguration (Fundacja Sluchaj)

Free improvisation reaches its apex when performers evoke the feeling of a composition. The music isn’t written in advance, but the players communicate in a way that creates an immediate structure. Joe Morris (guitar), Brad Barrett (bass, cello), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) bring such a form into being on “Copperhead Valley,” the opening track on … Read More “Brad Barrett/Joe Morris/Tyshawn Sorey: Cowboy Transfiguration (Fundacja Sluchaj)”

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Live Review: Big Ears 2018

You know you’re at the Big Ears Festival when Nathan Bowles, banjo and bones player for the old-time string band the Black Twig Pickers, enthusiastically shouts out Milford Graves, the sage of avant-garde jazz percussion. “I got my wig flipped!” Bowles said of Graves’ solo set, which took place on the same stage just hours … Read More “Live Review: Big Ears 2018”

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Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy

In addition to being a drummer able to handle the jagged musical terrain of Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman and Steve Lehman, Tyshawn Sorey continues to mature as a composer who draws equally on experimental jazz and new music. While Sorey’s Oblique – I featured a multidirectional quintet of saxophone, guitar and rhythm section, Alloy strips … Read More “Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy”

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Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey: Paradoxical Frog

While the commanding drummer Tyshawn Sorey has been known for his mathematical and muscular intensity in settings with Steve Coleman, Fieldwork, Steve Lehman and other groups, he also boasts a fascinating free sensibility, as heard on this intriguing trio date. Lines and musical sympathies converge beautifully in this group, between the flexible German-born saxophonist Ingrid … Read More “Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tyshawn Sorey: Paradoxical Frog”

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