Latest Reviews


JazzTimes – April 2018 Editor’s Pick – Mac Randall

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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Kris Davis & Craig Taborn – Octopus – Kevin Le Gendre

Piano duos have been around for a while but recent iterations – Kaja Drachsler-Eve Risser: Craig Taborn-Vijay Iyer; Kris Davis-Benoit Delbecq – have served as a reminder of the richness of the format. As for Davis and Taborn, They exploit…

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The New York City Jazz Record – Octopus – John Sharpe

Pianist Kris Davis’ 2015 self-released Duopoly CD/DVD set paired her with eight first-time partners and generated several ongoing collaborations. But while Davis has also toured with pianist Angelica Sanchez and drummer Billy Drummond as a consequence, it is the chemistry…

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The Wire – Octopus – Phil Freeman

Kris Davis & Graig Taborn Octopus Pyroclastic CD/DL In 2016, pianist Kris Davis recorded Duopoly, a collection of duets with eight colleagues: reeds players Tim Berne and Don Byron, guitarists Bill Frisell and Julian Lage, drummers Billy Drummond and Marcus…

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The Wall Street Journal – Octopus – Martin Johnson

‘Octopus’ by Craig Taborn and Kris Davis Review: Diving for Deep Listening Live recordings of the jazz piano duet offer insights into the roots of the players’ technique. ‘Octopus’ is the new album from jazz pianists Craig Taborn and Kris…

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News


Solo piano Festival/Tour and John Zorn’s Bagatelles

The Jazz Gallery's Alone Together piano Festival happens on April 22/23rd and should prove to be an interesting night of solo piano performances by Fabian Almazan, Aaron Parks, Theo Hill, Luis Perdomo and myself.  I go on a solo European tour between May 11-19 (see...

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Doris Duke Impact Award and Downbeat Critics Poll

I'm very excited to announce that I was chosen to receive a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award along with Tyshawn Sorey, Matt Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Mark Dresser, Milford Graves and Mark Dresser.  More information can be found here. Also, I just found out that I made...

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Duopoly - Kris Davis

Duopoly - Kris Davis

Duopoly - Kris Davis

“This music is governed by a fierce joint intelligence from start to finish”

- JazzTimes

La pianista y compositora canadiense Kris Davis se ha constituido en una pieza clave de la música creativa contemporánea.

- El Intruso

“[Octopus is] a vibrant study in morphing color and contingent texture, and in every sense a brilliant meeting.”

- WBGO