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


Residency at the Stone

I am honored to present a series of projects I am involved in as well as my own projects at the Stone between June 24-29th. June 24 - 8pm, the collective quartet LARK with Ralph Alessi, Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Kris Davis and 10pm Tom Rainey's Obbligato...

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Downbeat Article by Bradley Bambarger- December issue

New Approaches The music of pianist Kris Davis is characterized by its duality. Although often tagged as “cerebral”—and her output is complex and progressive, often as tied to contemporary classical as it is to jazz—Davis’ music is just as much a visceral experience....

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Duopoly - Kris Davis

Duopoly - Kris Davis

Duopoly - Kris Davis

"a series of deeply interactive duets."

- Chicago Reader

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

- WBGO

“Ms. Davis and Mr. Taborn...are elevating jazz beyond the limiting continuum of accessibility and abstraction...It’s music that is defining its own terms rather than shoehorning itself into categories like tradition and avant garde.”

- Wall Street Journal