9 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his third ECM outing as a leader, pianist Craig Taborn expands to quartet with the wily, cool-toned tenor sax and clarinet of Chris Speed, the solid and flexible bass of Chris Lightcap, and the anarchic but dynamically sensitive drumming of Dave King. The pieces are original, save for Roscoe Mitchell’s loosely phrased and lyrical “Jamaican Farewell.” The music is harmonically abstract yet enveloping and beautiful, often anchored to an irresistible rhythmic drive, particularly on “New Glory” and “Ancient.” Subtle electronic textures arise as well.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For his third ECM outing as a leader, pianist Craig Taborn expands to quartet with the wily, cool-toned tenor sax and clarinet of Chris Speed, the solid and flexible bass of Chris Lightcap, and the anarchic but dynamically sensitive drumming of Dave King. The pieces are original, save for Roscoe Mitchell’s loosely phrased and lyrical “Jamaican Farewell.” The music is harmonically abstract yet enveloping and beautiful, often anchored to an irresistible rhythmic drive, particularly on “New Glory” and “Ancient.” Subtle electronic textures arise as well.

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