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 Quintet: Live In Concert
Craig Taborn, piano
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Chris Speed, reeds
Thomas Morgan, bass
Dan Weiss, drums
This concert was produced and hosted by Josh Jackson of WBGO, and recorded by David Tallacksen of WBGO.