• Craig Taborn Quintet: Live In Concert

    June 17, 2010. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    Craig Taborn. (Image Credit: John Rogers/johnrogersnyc.com)

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    Fearless keyboardist Craig Taborn, prolific on acoustic piano as well as electric pianos and synthesizers, has a gift: making experimental improvisation immediately enjoyable. For this, he has long backed many of the most forward-thinking improvisers on the planet, including James Carter, Tim Berne, Chris Potter and Dave Douglas.

    He's so in-demand that he rarely gets the chance to perform as a leader of his own bands, despite a series of critically acclaimed recordings under his own name. Thursday presented a chance for him to demonstrate to a U.S. audience his compositional vision. As part of the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York, he presented four new, yet untitled works with a new quintet at the Jazz Gallery, the intimate Manhattan venue where he had often appeared -- but never under his own name.

    WBGO and NPR Music hosted a live webcast of the Craig Taborn quintet online on this page. A downloadable recording is available above.

    Craig Taborn Interview (with Josh Jackson, WBGO)


    • Craig Taborn, piano
    • Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
    • Chris Speed, reeds
    • Thomas Morgan, bass
    • Dan Weiss, drums

    Set List:

    • Untitled I
    • Untitled II
    • Untitled III
    • Untitled IV

    This concert was produced and hosted by Josh Jackson of WBGO, and recorded by David Tallacksen of WBGO.

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