Concerts Reviewed: Craig Taborn at the Stone, January 2016

Craig Taborn played six nights at the Stone this past week in a highly anticipated residency. Taborn, who is widely regarded as one of the most talented and innovative piano players since he emerged in the mid-1990s, put on a broad range of fascinating performances. Each night featured different bands and he drew from his

Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief at Korzo (6/18/13)

There is something sudden and immediate about Ingrid Laubrock‘s music. Her percussive style of playing tenor sax, her quick attacks, and her keen awareness of where her sound is in relation to her band mates together manifest an in-the-moment feel. It is a rare treat to hear Laubrock’s trio, Sleepthief, with drummer Tom Rainey and London-based pianist Liam

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys at Greenwich House Music School

The late trumpeter Bill Dixon was famous for his use of space and silence in his music as his “second instrument.” Percussionist Mike Pride‘s compositions and performance last night at Greenwich House with his band From Bacteria to Boys displayed a very different approach to the use of silence to great effect. Pride’s music is both intricate and

Intriguing Duos at Douglass Street Music Collective

Musician-run spaces are the places to go if one wants to see the genesis of music and ideas in action and in this regard, Douglass Street Music Collective has been the leader of the pack. This past Thursday, May 16, the venue witnessed three interesting pairings: pianist Kris Davis and percussionist Andrew Drury, tenor saxophonist Ingrid

Kris Davis Magnificent at Cornelia Street Cafe

In front of a sold-out crowd, Kris Davis led her quartet in a impressive array of exploratory pieces last night. Joined by veteran musicians Mat Maneri (viola), Drew Gress (bass), and Jim Black (drums), the band played two sets of originals. The first set comprised three extended pieces filled with energy, unusual rhythms, and fascinating interplay.

Stacken, Van Huffel, Wooley, Rainey at Caffe Vivaldi

A quartet led by pianist Jesse Stacken, including saxophonist Peter Van Huffel, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and drummer Tom Rainey, lit up Caffe Vivaldi on Jones Street in the West Village last night. Wooley’s inventive angles of playing, at times percussive, at others, driving, seemed to fuel the ensemble as he exchanged emotional riffs and interplay with Van