Experience the mesmerizing sound of Kris Davis’ Diatom Ribbons – Live At The Village Vanguard, an album that showcases the Canadian pianist’s unique approach to jazz improvisation. With over 20 albums as leader or co-leader, Kris Davis has become a highly sought-after collaborator, working with jazz giants like Dave Holland, Bill Frisell, and John Zorn. This live album features top-notch musicians, including Terri Lyne Carrington, Julian Lage, Val Jeanty, and Trevor Dunn.
A Star-Studded Lineup
Recorded during a week-long residency at New York’s Village Vanguard in May 2022, the band consists of Kris Davis on piano, Terri Lyne Carrington on drums, Julian Lage on guitar, Val Jeanty on turntables/electronics, and Trevor Dunn on bass. Their performance showcases a seamless mix between composed and improvised music, a hallmark of quality jazz.
The nearly 105-minute album kicks off with a twelve-minute opener, “Alice In The Congo” (Ronald Shannon Jackson), which provides a microcosmic illustration of the entire live performance. With gentler pieces like “Nine Hats,” “Brainfeel,” and Geri Allen’s “The Dancer,” the musicians demonstrate their melodic prowess while maintaining their improvisational abilities.
Arguably, the album’s highlight is the two contrasting versions of Wayne Shorter’s “Dolores.” The first version features a stunning piano trio section that showcases Davis at her ‘free’ best, followed by Lage’s captivating solo. The second version swings, driven by Carrington and Dunn’s double bass, while Lage conjures up the spirit of Montgomery and Christian.
A Showcase of Talent
Throughout the eleven tracks, Kris Davis’ leadership shines, allowing her fellow bandmates the freedom to express themselves within the framework of the tunes. Carrington’s intricate drumming, Dunn’s fluid bass playing, and Jeanty’s sound effects further enhance the listening experience.
The album concludes with the audience’s audible appreciation of the great performances delivered by this outstanding ensemble. Don’t miss this chance to experience the magic of Kris Davis’ Diatom Ribbons – Live At The Village Vanguard. The album is set to release on September 1, 2023, on a double CD and digital download through Pyroclastic Records on Bandcamp.