Craig Taborn

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Craig Taborn
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Taborn at the Moers Festival, 2012
Background information
Birth name Craig Marvin Taborn
Born (1970-02-20) February 20, 1970 (age 44)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Piano, keyboards, organ, electronics
Years active Late 1980s–present
Labels DIW, Thirsty Ear, ECM
Website Taborn "doesn't have, or want, his own website"[1]

Craig Marvin Taborn (/ˈtˌbɔːrn/; born February 20, 1970) is an American pianist, keyboardist and composer. He has worked solo and in bands, mostly playing various forms of jazz.

Taborn started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by the freedom expressed in the recordings of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Sun Ra, and Cecil Taylor. While still at university, Taborn toured and recorded with saxophonist James Carter. He went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings, while also building a reputation as a solo pianist. In 2011, Down Beat chose Taborn as winner of the electric keyboard category, as well as rising star in both the piano and organ categories. By the end of 2014, Taborn had released five albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman.

Early life[edit]

Taborn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[2] to John, a psychologist, and Marjorie, a social worker.[3] Taborn grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota, where he attended Breck School.[3] His parents gave him a Moog synthesizer as a present when he was 12,[3][4] which was also around the time when he started playing piano.[2] He borrowed records from a public library and listened to public radio, discovering music from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and Sun Ra, among others.[3] As a youth he also listened to heavy metal and contemporary classical music, and identified commonalities among these disparate forms of music.[5]

At high school, Taborn studied music theory and composition with university teachers for two years.[6] He borrowed from the library Segments II (Orchestra Of Two Continents) by pianist Cecil Taylor's band while at high school, but found separating the various elements of the music too difficult.[7] After attending a Last Exit concert (a loud free jazz band of Peter Brötzmann, Bill Laswell, Ronald Shannon Jackson and Sonny Sharrock), he went home and listened to the Taylor album again: "It was more manageable in terms of being able to hear detail and listen to content. That was a big moment in terms of being able to relax and process information in more abstract environments."[7]

Later life and career[edit]


Taborn studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1988.[2][5] He auditioned for the jazz program in the university's School of Music, but joined the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.[8] Taborn met drummer Gerald Cleaver soon after arriving at university.[4] Together, they established an electronic group, the Tracey Science Quartet.[4] Taborn also played with Marcus Belgrave and Wendell Harrison.[4] While still a university student, he became known for his membership of saxophonist James Carter's band,[9] where he contributed to a series of albums, beginning with JC on the Set, which was recorded in 1993.

Taborn's first recording as leader came in 1994, and was released by DIW.[10] Craig Taborn Trio, with bassist Jaribu Shahid and drummer Tani Tabbal, featured Taborn playing in a range of styles on piano and included several of his own compositions.[10] At this stage in his career, his comments on his tastes in composition and performance were: "Even though I like avant garde jazz and classical music, I like to swing. I like to work with harmony and melody in my own music, and I like acoustical instruments. But I can be quite dictatorial about the composed section, and lay down in great detail what everyone is supposed to do and how they should do it."[8]

Frequent performances and tours with Carter and others meant that Taborn's studies were delayed: he graduated from university with a BA in general studies (rather than the intended English literature) in April 1995, after which he moved to New York.[8] He continued playing with Carter into 1998.[11] In the late 1990s Taborn also recorded with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell (Taborn's first appearance on the ECM label),[12] and for techno producer Carl Craig's album Programmed as part of Innerzone Orchestra.[13]


Taborn in 2008

In 2001, Taborn made his second recording as leader: Light Made Lighter, for Thirsty Ear, with Chris Lightcap on bass and Cleaver on drums. "On the strength of this recording", wrote the Los Angeles Times reviewer, "Taborn emerges as one of the most exciting pianists to lead a band since the ascent of Matthew Shipp".[14] Another reviewer commented that "Taborn seems to revel in the cracks the way [Thelonious] Monk did, hitting the awkward-sounding notes between the notes to punctuate his lines".[15]

In the 2000s, "Taborn became one of the most in-demand musicians in New York", in the words of one biographer.[9] He played and recorded with a large, diverse range of musicians, in both free jazz and more mainstream bands, and playing various keyboard and electronic instruments.[16] One critic observed that a lot of his collaborations in the early and mid-2000s did not feature a bassist, and suggested that Taborn's "dexterity and inventiveness [...] stand in for both a keyboard and a bass player."[16] In 2001, he had his first solo gig in New York,[17] and made his first recordings under the leadership of saxophonist Tim Berne, and with a trio led by percussionist Susie Ibarra. On these, he employed electronics as well as piano.[18][19] Taborn went on to record, during the period 2002–04, as a sideman under the leadership of Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas,[4] Marty Ehrlich,[4] Drew Gress[20] Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, and others. In 2003, Taborn toured Europe with Ibarra's band,[4] and played with saxophonist Lotte Anker for the first time.[21]

Taborn's third release as a leader was Junk Magic in 2004, again for Thirsty Ear, with tenor saxophonist Aaron Stewart, violinst Mat Maneri and drummer Dave King.[22] The album's title was also the name of the band, which was formed to be Taborn's electronic group, allowing him to explore the interactions of composition, improvisation and electronics.[23] Texture and pulse were important contributors to the overall sound.[24]

Taborn played with Chris Potter[20] from 2005, and toured Europe with the saxophonist's Underground band early in 2007.[25] The pianist played the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2007.[3] In late 2007 and early 2008, Taborn toured internationally with Potter's Underground,[26] guitarist David Torn's Prezens,[27] as well as being part of shorter tours and making occasional appearances with Cleaver, Gress, Ibarra, Mitchell, and William Parker.[26] In April 2008 he toured Europe with Berne's Science Friction,[28] was back in Europe for the first three weeks of the following month, this time as part of David Binney's quartet,[26] and returned there in November with Potter.[29] Taborn remarked in 2008 that he was attempting to phase out his use of a laptop in performance, to allow him to concentrate more on improvising,[28] and that he had delayed further performances as a leader, owing to finances.[26] In the same year, he commented on the number of regular, working bands he was a member of: "You could say 15 to 20. But if you're talking about the ones that are regularly working right now, I'd have to say seven or eight."[30]

After joining Michael Formanek's quartet in 2008, Taborn recorded under the double bassist's leadership for the first time the following year.[31] Also in 2009, Taborn played with trumpeter Tomasz Stanko in New York,[32] and returned to Europe for concerts with Torn,[33] violinist Dominique Pifarély,[34] and with his own trio.[35]


Taborn at Seixal Jazz, 2014

In the early 2010s Taborn had more solo gigs than earlier in his career.[17] He had a solo tour of Europe in 2010, which may have led to an agreement with ECM to record his first solo piano album, Avenging Angel, which was released in 2011.[36] In critic Nate Chinen's view, this album concentrated on "pure sound", being "full of moments where a note hangs sharply in the air, and you hear the gathering overtones, the vibrations of the strings".[37] The album helped Taborn get more attention as a leader.[38] In 2010, he also toured Europe with Anker's trio,[21] Potter's Underground,[39] and played piano duets with Vijay Iyer.[40][41] In the following year, Taborn again performed with Stanko,[42] as part of drummer Paul Motian's quartet,[43] and again had a solo tour of Europe.[17] Taborn toured internationally with his own trio,[44] Anker's trio,[45] and with Dave Holland's quartet "Prism" in 2012,[46][47] and remained part of Holland's band into 2014.[48]

A further ECM album, Chants, led by Taborn and with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver, was released in 2013. This was the band's first release after eight years together.[1] For this album, Taborn's comments on composition and group performance were: "I knew that if I created a context and then deferred, fully, to Gerald's and Thomas's sensibilities it would inherently be stimulating and would also challenge the context. [...] I'd much rather engage with the group, always, than have the format be 'piano adventures with supporting cast'."[49] This trio began a tour of Europe in 2014, but Cleaver was replaced by J.T. Bates part of the way through it, owing to illness.[50] Earlier the same year, Taborn played in a band led by guitarist Bill Frisell.[51]

Playing style[edit]

Taborn's range of playing styles was summarized by Mike Hobart in The Financial Times: Taborn "draws obliquely on the jazz tradition [...] he is as at home in free improvisation as he is in composition".[52] In an interview for Down Beat in 2011, Taborn described his improvising style, particularly for solo piano. When playing, he often adopts a modular approach, using small units of melody and rhythm and then developing them. This can begin from as little as three notes, with structure being built around referring back to elements of the units. He starts simply, using basic elements such as major and minor thirds, varies them in turn, and then continues to expand to create larger structures.[7]

Taborn has commented on the similarities and differences in his playing on piano and electronic instruments. Comparing his accompaniments on piano and Fender Rhodes, he said that:

I play some of the same chords on the piano, but there are definitely things I would do on the piano because it's a more transparent instrument that I wouldn't do on the Rhodes. [...] The Rhodes is so strong that when you play something on it, it really can dictate, because it’s louder and the timbre is much more opaque. So you leave more holes. On the piano, I would maybe play more sustain chords.[53]

Taborn prefers earlier models of Fender Rhodes, for their raunchier sound.[53] He also attempts to retain control over the sound that is presented to an audience when playing electronic instruments: he links his instruments to his own amplifier, and then has the venue take its feed from that amplifier.[28]

Collaborator David Torn commented that Taborn is "the rare musician who takes the approach, 'What can I do with this instrument?' rather than playing through its book of techniques": the sound at any moment takes priority.[26]


Taborn incorporates requirements to improvise within his compositions.[54] Commenting on his writing for trio and quartet, Taborn stated that "I like multiple kinds of rhythmic things. On their own, they're not so complicated, but when you fit them together, it sounds a little mysterious. A lot of that writing extends from my trio writing, where I'm writing things that are playable in real time. There's a certain orchestration you can get out of a four-piece. How far can we suggest a larger ensemble? [I want] to create the illusion of a larger ensemble".[54]


In 2009 and 2010, Down Beat critics selected Taborn as the electric keyboard rising star winner.[55][56] In 2011, he was chosen as winner of the electric keyboard category, as well as, unusually, rising star in both the piano and organ categories.[57] In 2012, Taborn was chosen for the North Sea Jazz Festival's Paul Acket Award, which is given "to an artist deserving wider recognition for extraordinary musicianship".[12] JazzTimes ranked Taborn in their 2013 critics' poll as best piano player.[58] In 2014, the Jazz Journalists Association awarded him the Pianist of the Year award.[59]

In 2014, Taborn was given a Doris Duke Artist Award,[60] worth up to $275,000 and given to "exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related interdisciplinary work who have proven their artistic vitality and commitment to their field."[61]


An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.

As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1994 Craig Taborn Trio DIW Trio, with Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums)
2001 Light Made Lighter Thirsty Ear Trio, with Chris Lightcap (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2004 Junk Magic Thirsty Ear Quartet, with Aaron Stewart (tenor sax), Mat Maneri (viola), Dave King (drums)
2011 Avenging Angel ECM Solo piano
2012 Chants ECM Trio, with Thomas Morgan (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

As sideman[edit]

Year recorded Leader Title Label Notes
2005 Anker, LotteLotte Anker Triptych Leo Records Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2005 Anker, LotteLotte Anker Live at the Loft ILK Music Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums); in concert
2008 Anker, LotteLotte Anker Floating Islands ILK Music Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2014* Barber, DiegoDiego Barber Tales Sunnyside Duo
2001 Berne, TimTim Berne The Shell Game Thirsty Ear Trio, with Tom Rainey (drums)
2001 Berne, TimTim Berne Science Friction Screwgun Quartet, with Marc Ducret (guitar), Tom Rainey (drums)
2003 Berne, TimTim Berne The Sublime And Thirsty Ear Quartet, with Marc Ducret (guitar), Tom Rainey (drums)
2003–2004 Berne, TimTim Berne Electric and Acoustic Hard Cell Live Screwgun Trio, with Tom Rainey (drums); in concert
2005 Berne, TimTim Berne Feign Screwgun Trio, with Tom Rainey (drums)
2003 Binney, DavidDavid Binney Welcome to Life Mythology
2006 Binney, DavidDavid Binney Cities and Desire Criss Cross
2006 Binney, DavidDavid Binney Out of Airplanes BK With Bill Frisell (guitar) Eiyvind Opsvik (bass), Kenny Wollesen (drums); Adam Rogers (guitar) added on some tracks
2009* Binney, DavidDavid Binney Third Occasion Mythology
2011 Binney, DavidDavid Binney Graylen Epicenter Mythology With Chris Potter (tenor sax), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Wayne Krantz (guitar), Ervind Opsvik (bass), Brian Blade and Dan Weiss (drums), Kenny Wollesen (percussion, vibes), Roberto Boccato (percussion), Gretchen Parlato (vocals); Nina Geiger (vocals) added on one track
2012 Binney, DavidDavid Binney Lifted Land Criss Cross Quartet, with Eivind Opsvik (bass), Tyshawn Sorey (drums)
2012 Bro, JakobJakob Bro December Song Loveland Quintet, with Bill Frisell (guitars), Lee Konitz (alto sax), Thomas Morgan (bass)
2007 Brown, RobRob Brown Crown Trunk Root Funk Aum Fidelity Quartet, with William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2010 Brown, RobRob Brown Unknown Skies Rogue Art Trio, with Nasheet Waits (drums); in concert
1993 Carter, JamesJames Carter JC on the Set DIW Quartet, with Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums)
1994 Carter, JamesJames Carter Jurassic Classics DIW Quartet, with Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums)
1994 Carter, JamesJames Carter The Real Quiet Storm Atlantic Quartets, with Dave Holland and Jaribu Shahid (bass; separately), Leon Parker and Tani Tabbal (drums; separately)
1996 Carter, JamesJames Carter Conversin' with the Elders Atlantic Quartet, with Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums)
1998 Carter, JamesJames Carter In Carterian Fashion Atlantic Taborn plays with Jaribu Shahid (bass), Tani Tabbal (drums), plus Cassius Richmond (alto sax), Dwight Adams (trumpet), Kevin Carter (guitar) on some tracks
2000 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver Adjust Fresh Sound Sextet, with Andrew Bishop (clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax), Mat Maneri (violin), Ben Monder (guitar), Reid Anderson (electric bass, acoustic bass)
2008 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver Farmers by Nature AUM Fidelity As the band "Farmers by Nature". Trio, with William Parker (bass)
2009 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver Be It as I See It Fresh Sound Also credited to "Uncle June"
2010 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver Out of This World's Distortions AUM Fidelity As the band "Farmers by Nature"
2011 Cleaver, GeraldGerald Cleaver Love and Ghosts AUM Fidelity As the band "Farmers by Nature"; in concert
2003* Coleman, SteveSteve Coleman Lucidarium Label Bleu Includes 19 musicians
2005 Colley, ScottScott Colley Architect of the Silent Moment Cam Jazz
2009 Colley, ScottScott Colley Empire Cam Jazz Quintet, with Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Bill Frisell (electric guitar), Brian Blade (drums)
2002 Douglas, DaveDave Douglas Freak In RCA Bluebird
2002–2003 Ehrlich, MartyMarty Ehrlich Line on Love Palmetto With Michael Formanek (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)
2010 Endsley, ShaneShane Endsley Then the Other Low Electrical Records Quartet, with Matt Brewer (bass), Ted Poor (drums)
2009 Formanek, MichaelMichael Formanek The Rub and Spare Change ECM With Tim Berne and Gerald Cleaver
2011 Formanek, MichaelMichael Formanek Small Places ECM With Tim Berne and Gerald Cleaver
2007* Gang Font, Gang Font The Gang Font Feat. Interloper Thirsty Ear
2003* Fornier, Ya YaYa Ya Fornier Bearcat Random Chance
2004 Gress, DrewDrew Gress 7 Black Butterflies Premonition
2004 Gress, DrewDrew Gress The Irrational Numbers Premonition With Tim Berne (alto sax), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Tom Rainey (drums)
2013* Gress, DrewDrew Gress The Sky Inside Pirouet Quintet, with Tim Berne (alto sax), Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Tom Rainey (drums)
2012 Holland, DaveDave Holland Prism Dare2 Quartet, with Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Eric Harland (drums)
2001 Ibarra, SusieSusie Ibarra Songbird Suite Tzadik Trio, with Jennifer Choi (violin)
2004 Ibarra, SusieSusie Ibarra Folkloriko Tzadik With Jennifer Choi (violin), Roberto Rodriguez (percussion), Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet)
1999* Innerzone Orchestra, Innerzone Orchestra Programmed Astralwerks
2000* Laswell, BillBill Laswell Dub Chamber 3 ROIR
2007* Laswell, BillBill Laswell Inamorata Ohm Resistance Credited to "Method of Defiance"; Taborn plays on one track
2011* Lee, OkkyungOkkyung Lee Noisy Love Songs Tzadik With Ikue Mori (electronics), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Peter Evans (trumpet), John Hollenbeck (percussion), Christopher Tordini (bass)
2010 Lightcap, ChrisChris Lightcap Deluxe Clean Feed With Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Gerald Cleaver (drums); Andrew D'Angelo (alto sax) added on some tracks
2000 Maneri, MatMat Maneri Blue Decco Thirsty Ear Quartet, with William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2001 Maneri, MatMat Maneri Sustain Thirsty Ear Quartet, with Joe McPhee (soprano sax), William Parker (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)
2004 Maneri, MatMat Maneri Pentagon Thirsty Ear With Ben Gerstein (trombone), Joe Maneri (piano, alto sax, vocals), Jamie Saft (mellotron), John Herbert (bass), John McLellan and Rom Rainey (drums), T.K. Ramakrishnan (mridangam), Sonia Maneri (vocals)
2005 Meat Beat Manifesto, Meat Beat Manifesto At the Center Thirsty Ear
2010 Mitchell, NicoleNicole Mitchell Emerald Hills Rogue Art
2014* Mitchell, NicoleNicole Mitchell The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson Rogue Art Quartet, with David Boykin (tenor sax), Chad Taylor (drums, guitar)
1997 Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Nine to Get Ready ECM With "The Note Factory" (including Matthew Shipp as second pianist)
2001 Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Song for My Sister PI
2004 Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 ECM With Evan Parker (tenor sax, soprano sax), Anders Svanoe (alto sax, baritone sax), Corey Wilkes (trumpet, flugelhorn), John Rangecroft (clarinet), Neil Metcalfe (flute), Nils Bultmann (viola), Philipp Wachsmann (violin), Marcio Mattos (cello), Barry Guy and Jaribu Shahid (bass), Paul Lytton and Tanni Tabbal (drums, percussion); in concert
2005 Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Turn Rogue Art
2007 Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Far Side ECM With "The Note Factory" (including Vijay Iyer as second pianist); in concert
2014* Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Conversations I Wide Hive Trio, with Kikanju Baku (percussion)
2014* Mitchell, RoscoeRoscoe Mitchell Conversations II Wide Hive Trio, with Kikanju Baku (percussion)
1999* Mora Catlett, FranciscoFrancisco Mora Catlett World Trade Music Community Projects
2005* Mora Catlett, FranciscoFrancisco Mora Catlett River Drum Premier Cru
2007 Mora Catlett, FranciscoFrancisco Mora Catlett Outerzone Premier Cru
2010* Mora Catlett, FranciscoFrancisco Mora Catlett Outerzone 2010 Andromeda M-31 AACE
2011 Mora Catlett, FranciscoFrancisco Mora Catlett Live at the Bronx Museum AACE
2002 Opsvik, EivindEivind Opsvik Overseas Fresh Sound With Jason Rigby (soprano sax, bass clarinet), Loren Stillman (alto sax), Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Wells Hanley and Jacob Sacks (piano), Gerald Cleaver and Jeff Davis (drums), Dan Weiss (percussion)
2004 Opsvik, EivindEivind Opsvik Overseas II Fresh Sound With Loren Stillman (alto sax), Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Jacob Sacks (piano), Jeff Davis and Kenny Wolleson (drums)
2004 Parker, EvanEvan Parker Boustrophedon ECM Band includes Roscoe Mitchell; in concert
2012 Parker, EvanEvan Parker Rocket Science More Is More Quartet, with Sam Pluta (laptop), Peter Evans (trumpet)
2013* Pavone, MarioMario Pavone Arc Trio Playscape Trio, with Gerald Cleaver (drums); in concert
2005 Potter, ChrisChris Potter Underground Sunnyside Most tracks are quartet, with Wayne Krantz (guitar), Nate Smith (drums); one track includes Adam Rogers (guitar)
2007 Potter, ChrisChris Potter Follow the Red Line – Live at the Village Vanguard Sunnyside Quartet, with Adam Rogers (guitar), Nate Smith (drums); in concert
2009 Potter, ChrisChris Potter Ultrahang ArtistShare With Adam Rogers, Nate Smith
2011 Potter, ChrisChris Potter The Sirens ECM With David Virelles, Larry Grenadier, Eric Harland
1999 Ragin, HughHugh Ragin An Afternoon in Harlem Justin Time With David Murray (bass clarinet), Jaribu Shahid (bass), Bruce Cox and Andrew Cyrille (drums), Amiri Baraka (vocals)
2012* Reed, MikeMike Reed Clean on the Corner 482 Music With Greg Ward (alto sax), Tim Haldeman (tenor sax), Jason Roebke (bass); Josh Berman (cornet) added on some tracks. Also credited to "People, Places & Things"
2007 Robbins, PetePete Robbins Do the Hate Laugh Shimmy Fresh Sound New Talent
2002* Rodriguez, RobertoRoberto Rodriguez El Danzon de Moises Tzadik With Peter Apfelbaum (soprano sax), Matt Darriau (trompeta china, clarinet, Mark Feldman (violin), Susie Ibarra (percussion), Brad Jones (bajo), David Krakauer (clarinet), Ted Reichman (accordion), Roberto Juan Rodriguez (percussion), Roberto Luis Rodriguez (trumpet), Marcus Rojas (baritone horn, tuba), Jane Scarpantoni (cello)
1997 Rogers, DavidDavid Rogers The World Is Not Your Home Jumble Mostly sextet, with Marion Hayden (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums, percussion), Mark Stone (xylophone, vibraphone, percussion), Derek Bermel (clarinet, xylophone, percussion)
2010 Sclavis, LeoLeo Sclavis Eldorado Trio Clean Feed
2011 Sipiagin, AlexAlex Sipiagin Destinations Unknown Criss Cross Sextet, with Chris Potter (tenor sax), David Binney (alto sax), Boris Kozlov (bass), Eric Harland (drums)
2002–2004 Leo Smith, WadadaWadada Leo Smith Lake Biwa Tzadik With Wes Brown (bass), Jennifer Choi (violin), Anthony Coleman, Yuko Fujiyama and Jamie Saft (piano), Erik Friedlander (cello), Susie Ibarra, Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng and Gerald Cleaver (drums), John Lindberg (bass), Marc Ribot (guitar), Marcus Rojas (tuba), John Zorn (alto sax), orchestra
2001 Tsahar, AssifAssif Tsahar Embracing the Void Hopscotch
2005 Torn, DavidDavid Torn Prezens ECM Quartet, with Tim Berne (alto sax), Tom Rainey (drums)


Year recorded Title Label Notes
2004* The Val-Inc. Remixes Thirsty Ear

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