Cory Smythe - Circulate Susanna – Peter Margasak

October 8, 2018

Although most contemporary music institutions continue to toe the line with improvisation practice–shutting it out for one reason or another, whether because it doesn’t fit established models or because the clueless can’t see the rigor and commitment it requires, often …

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Kris Davis – Jazziz – Ted Panken

April 13, 2018

At 7 a.m., 90 minutes before our scheduled interview on Christmas Eve morning, Kris Davis sent an email: “bad night of sleep — call you when I’m up — around 9:30.” We were supposed to speak the previous night, but …

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Octopus – JazzTimes – Mac Randall

March 21, 2018

Kris Davis / Craig Taborn Octopus (Pyroclastic) An oceangoing organism with one brain and eight independent neuron-bearing links is the perfect image to invoke for a rather intense collection of piano duets. Taborn’s guest appearance on Davis’ 2016 album Duopoly …

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Octopus – LA Times – Chris Barton

March 16, 2018

Kris Davis & Craig Taborn’s “Octopus”: A continuation of sorts for Davis’ 2016 album “Duopoly,” which paired her expressive piano with a variety of composers from the front edge of jazz, this album is drawn from live performances with a …

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Kris Davis – Chicago Reader – Peter Margasak

March 8, 2018

I’ve written quite a bit about New York-based pianist Kris Davis in recent years, taking note of the versatility that enables her to not just blend in naturally in disparate contexts but make them better. She recently released a stunning …

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