Released: January 2018
- Interruptions One
- Sing Me Softly Of The Blues – Interruptions Two
- Interruptions Three
- Love in Outer Space
- David Breskin – Producer
- Ron Saint Germain – Engineer
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 …
Octopus – Concert Film
Kris Davis & Craig Taborn in performance
October 10, 2016
University of California, San Diego
My producer, David Breskin, and engineer, Ron Saint Germain, heard this same connection from the control room. After the recording, David pulled us into a small room at the studio, and asked if we would be interested in further developing this duo. Sixteen months later, we had a dozen concerts planned across the U.S. and the very same, amazing Ron Saint Germain to travel with us and document every night with a light-weight, carry-on-ready system he’d designed to optimize recording two grand pianos in a diverse array of settings.
Craig and I each wrote a few pieces for the tour, and we added Carla Bley’s “Sing Me Softly of The Blues” and Sun Ra’s “Love in Outer Space.” Each concert was different, in some cases radically so. As the tour went on, we often left out large sections of the compositions in favor of developing new, wholly improvised sections which became more and more expansive. For me, this was an optimal experience as an improviser and something that can only be accomplished when musicians play night after night, with structure but complete freedom, not knowing where things might go, exploring the unknown.
An occasional response of listeners during the tour was that Craig and I, in performance, were not so much two different musicians as one sort of shape-shifting organism. As such, we’ve decided to name the duo Octopus. We hope you enjoy listening!
Kris Davis, Ossining, Sept. 23, 2017