Craig Taborn / Tomeka Reid / Ches Smith (USA)
Craig Taborn: piano, electronics
Tomeka Reid: cello
Ches Smith: percussion, drums
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Over a career stretching back more than 25 years the keyboardist Craig Taborn – a trusted colleague of Roscoe Mitchell, Chris Potter, William Parker and Peter Evans, among others – has regularly demonstrated a commitment to collective music-making even when his name tops the marquee. He’s applied his stylistic range, internal curiosity and dazzling technical imagination toward projects that tend to conjure unique, highly interactive ecosystems privileging an ensemble approach over the soloist, although anyone who’s heard his ravishing solo piano work knows what a phenomenal instrumentalist he is. This exciting new trio configuration with drummer Ches Smith – whose own Bell Trio, with Mat Maneri, features Taborn – and cellist Tomeka Reid explores a new set of groove-oriented compositions in which each musician twines melodic and rhythmic roles, harking back to the most hypnotic excursions of Sun Ra. Taborn doubles on acoustic and electric pianos, unleashing a spray of percussive clusters, glassy runs and loop shapes, shadowed and pierced by Reid’s sinuous cello and Smith’s sparkling polyrhythms (and occasional glockenspiel melodies).