Kris Davis – 20 Questions

August 25, 2020

Interview conducted via e-mail. Jazz  To me, jazz means improvisation and innovation. The search for self-expression through sound, and a reflection of the here and now. I also like Wayne Shorter’s definition of jazz: “I dare you!” The meaning of …

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Cory Smythe – The New York Times – Seth Colter Walls

July 7, 2020

“Accelerate Every Voice,” a new album, is a step forward in another facet of this dazzling pianist’s career: composing. Cory Smythe’s new album blends references to hyper-complex contemporary classical styles, the jazz-meets-vocal music of Andrew Hill’s 1970 record “Lift Every …

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Cory Smythe – Pan M 360 – Réjean Beaucage

July 6, 2020

Pianist Cory Smythe took the stage at FIMAV in May 2019 with the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, an ensemble that gave an impressive concert in which Smythe’s very original playing literally stole the show. The recording of this disc dates from …

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Cory Smythe – The New Yorker – Steve Smith

July 6, 2020

In 1969, Andrew Hill, an idiosyncratic jazz master who’d gigged with Charlie Parker and studied with Paul Hindemith, paired a vocal chorus with a hard-swinging quintet to record “Lift Every Voice,” a buoyant set of upbeat incantations. Now, just over …

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Cory Smythe – Jazz Podium – Susanne Müller

July 6, 2020

Im Pressetext Spricht Man Von »Cyborg Choirs«. Doch Sind Es Keine Semimaschinen, Sondern Reale Stimmen, Die Hier Dem Irdischen Enthobene Schleifen Erzeugen, Minimalismus Und Durchaus Auch Entfremdung Verbreiten Und Neue Musik-Einflüsse Einbinden. Cory Smythe, Einer Der Ambitioniertesten Pianisten In Tasten-Grenzbereichen, …

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Kris Davis – Downbeat – Dave Cantor

June 29, 2020

As concerts and recording sessions around the globe came to an abrupt halt, DownBeat interviewed eight artists to discuss their strategies for coping during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kris Davis – Jazz Journalists Association – JJA

May 18, 2020

This year’s Awards for instrumentalists advance a multi-year trend by the JJA’s voting members to recognize accomplished women among the multiple nominated finalists. Drummer and educator Terri Lyne Carrington (Musician of the Year), pianist-composer Kris Davis (Composer and Pianist of the Year), saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (Up …

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Kris Davis – NPR – Nate Chinen

January 14, 2020

Kris Davis – Diatom Ribbons (Pyroclastic) At a glance, an odd candidate for consensus: Kris Davis, an improviser-composer with the instinct of an alchemist, made Diatom Ribbons by drawing inspiration from oceanic microbiology, tectonic movement and piano precursors ranging from …

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