Reviews

Aeriol Piano-Jazz Times

In what was an exceptional year for solo piano albums, Kris Davis’ Aeriol Piano and Craig Taborn’s Avenging Angel were especially striking, the work of artists using the format not as a stylistic retreat, but as a way to boldly extend and heighten their sound and vision. A fascinating companion piece of sorts to Davis’ other 2011 album, Tony Malaby’s Novela, a nonet effort for which she wrote the arrangements, Aeriol Piano is both her most challenging and most accessible work. Davis, who named the album after >> Read more…

Aeriol Piano-Jazz Wrap

Intimacy. That’s what always strikes me about Kris Davis. The sense of intimacy. Having been on the scene for only few short years, her visibility has grown in the last few years due to a string on releases as leader and with collaborators. I mistakenly forgot to write about her last record Good Citizen (Fresh Sounds New Talent) as one of my albums of the year in 2010. But this year make no mistake, my two top records of years >> Read more…

Novela-Jazz Times

Novela is an ideal title for an album with so much narrative appeal. All sorts of stories are told through the music on this unusual retrospective, which consists of songs written by saxophonist Tony Malaby for trios and quartets over the past decade and newly arranged for nonet by pianist Kris Davis. With its richly developed themes and wide stylistic reach, this is an album to curl up with. Like the weather in Chicago (whose schools of free jazz provide >> Read more…

NY Times

Over the last couple of 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. She has been playing in town for 10 years, but her gigs have become almost constant: with the bassist Eivind Opsvik, the saxophonists Tony Malaby and Ingrid Laubrock, the drummer Tyshawn Sorey and others. It was only a matter of time before she became unavoidable on record, and now’s that >> Read more…

JazzWrap-Good Citizen

Kris Davis is one of my favourite pianist. I rank her right up there with Jason Moran and Keith Jarrett. Her compositions are compelling and inventive. Her newest release, Good Citizen is absolutely stellar. A vibrant and explosive trio session with regular collaborators John Herbert and Tom Rainey, Good Citizen is Davis’ third recorded output this year (Paradoxical Frog with Ingrid Laubrock and SKM Trio) with a fourth coming before years end. All containing the rich cerebral outlook that makes >> Read more…