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Kris Davis Trio: Kris Davis / John Hebert / Tom Rainey

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Pianist-composer Kris Davis plays her first UK show ever, joined by John Hebert and Tom Rainey.

“ honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor” Jason Moran

Davis has blossomed as one of the singular talents on the New York jazz scene, a deeply thoughtful, resolutely individual artist who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” according to JazzTimes.

Tonight she is joined by the equally formidable talent of John Hebert on bass and Tom Rainey on drums. New CD “Massive Threads” will be released in November 2013 on Thirsty Ear Records.


The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-residing Davis was dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “Over the past couple years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.”

Reviewing one of the series of striking albums Davis has released over the past half-decade, the Chicago Sun-Times lauded the “sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities” in her playing and compositions. Long favored by her peers and jazz fans in the know, Davis has earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”


New York City based double bassist John Hebert has worked along side such artists such as Andrew Hill, Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, David Liebman, Uri Caine, Greg Osby, Bill Stewart, Marc Copland, Fred Hersch, Maria Schneider, and many others. He also leads his own group, Byzantine Monkey, and has received high praise for his compositions and individual playing style. He is also mentioned in Downbeat’s 2006, 2007 and 2008 Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist”.


Rainey’s voluminous recording credits and the artistic caliber of the musicians he’s supported would easily place him on the A-list of drummers closely identified with the New York City modern creative jazz scene roughly from the late ’80s onward.

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility and when he plays the smell of invention is in the air” Joseph Woodard, L.A Times


Coming up…
29 Apr – Michael Wollny Trio
13 May – Tony Malaby / Olie Brice / Jeff Williams
10 Jun – Alexander Hawkins / Neil Charles / Tom Skinner
+ more dates TBC

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