Craig Taborn Interview

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: All About Jazz.

Craig Taborn is among the most creative musicians on today’s scene. His music is shaped by a deep intellectual curiosity towards a wide range of artistic forms and sources of knowledge. His technical, stylistic, emotional and mental versatility have allowed him to collaborate with a large range of recognized masters in diverse styles of contemporary jazz.

Despite such diversity and versatility, Taborn has a distinctive, recognizable and focused approach. His piano style, especially evident on the solo album Avenging Angel (2011, ECM), is based on a prodigious polyrhythmic intricacy as well as on counterpoints which are at times dense and at other times delicate and expansive. One can hear echoes of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra coming out of the creases of his playing. On Daylight Ghosts, his most recent album, Taborn displays a striking capacity to write compositions for his quartet which leave room for endless surprises delivered through a flurry of ostinatos, counterpoints and unisons, amidst highly organized structures.

Advertisements