Craig Taborn Interview

Source: Charleston City Paper.

“I just consider it kind of a contemporary improvised music,” says Taborn. “I’m not afraid of the word ‘jazz,’ but it often doesn’t reference that. The problem is that there are a lot of different personalities and different guises, depending on what the project is.” Although Taborn lives by his deft improvisation, the pianist crafts his on-the-spot music as if it were painstakingly thought out months in advance. That trait is found in many of his varied projects as a sideman, like the free hard-bop of the Mat Maneri Quartet, the outrageous jazz-funk of Chris Porter’s Underground, or the sci-fi dance music of Innerzone Orchestra.