The collaboration of three of the most respected figures at work in creative music—Goldberg, guitarist Nels Cline and trumpeter Ron Miles—and one of America’s greatest living poets, Dean Young, Good Day for Cloud Fishing is the result of an unprecedented process for combining musical and literary ambitions.
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn in performance
October 10, 2016
University of California, San Diego
Kris Davis, 39, has spent years as her generation’s powerhouse pianist in waiting. No longer. On “Diatom Ribbons,” her skills as a composer, band assembler, system builder and improviser — a musical auteur, basically — come fully into focus.
The best music—within the jazz world and beyond it—can contain a multitude of ideas and sounds, reference endless genres and tell listeners something about the moment that it was recorded, as well as the past. Diatom Ribbons—and actually a lot …
Hands down, my favorite album of 2019 is the singular jazz/poetry collaboration between Berkeley clarinetist/composer Ben Goldberg and poet Dean Young, Good Day for Cloud Fishing…
If Chris Lightcap and company prove anything here—besides the fact this work compels many repeated listenings—it is that the intersection of jazz and rock can represent a flash-point of inspiration as potent as the convergence of material and musicianship.
Thanks to all the critics for their vote for the Rising Star Artist and Piano Category! See article here