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Avenging Angel, a powerful, creative and rigorously uncompromising album, is the first unaccompanied solo disc in Craig Taborn’s discography as well as the first ECM recording issued under his name. The album was recorded in the exceptional acoustic of the recital room at Lugano’s Studio RSI, with Manfred Eicher producing.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Poor ol' piano trio's gettin' a make-over . . . 3 July 2003
By Jan P. Dennis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
. . . and Craig Taborn's leading the pack, along with Brad Meldhau, The Bad Plus, EST, and Jean-Michel Pilc.
I don't know why I waited so long to review this disc. I guess I've been giving the seven or eight Thirsty Ear Blue Series albums I own a second listen, and this one stood out as one of the very best.
Of all the great young pianists out there, Craig Taborn may be the most talented. One of the things I love most about him is his playfulness. For example, in his nearly unrecognizable take on "I Cover the Waterfront," his outro features several sly quotes of "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Why? Just for fun. Another thing I like about him is the fluidity of his playing. In the modern piano trio, time and tempos shift dramatically. This trio reacts with instant recognition and pulls off some incredibly glib musical conversations. Also Taborn, like Meldhau, has a romantic streak that comes into full blossom on the title cut, a simply gorgeous ballad.
Some may indeed object to the seeming lack of cohesiveness in these proceedings. But as has been pointed out, this isn't three chords and a static drumbeat. This is highly sophisticated, melodically and rhythmically nuanced music. Certainly, it's not for everyone. But if you've got even the slightest inclination toward modern piano trio music, I believe this will be a very rewarding and memorable listen for you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a developing jazz Megastar. 7 Dec. 2004
By Ed Gehead - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If Craig Taborn was listed on the stock exchange of jazz musicians I would buy a boatload. I first heard him backing up James Carter on Carter's "Jurassic Classic" CD and I was so impressed that I asked myself "who is playing that piano?" This started my quest to search out this talent. I have since bought his music and seen him perform on several times. He keeps growing. After starting as a sideman he is quickly working his way up the ladder to being a major star. "Light Made Lighter" is his latest installment. You have to laugh at the reviewer who thought the group was not playing together. What he found so disconcerting is precisely what makes this CD so intriguing and such a success. Yes the music and rhythms are complex and seemingly conflicting but so is the music composed by Stravinsky. I say Taborn is a genius.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Rhythm Record 29 Jun. 2005
By afbg02 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
For me, this is a recording all about rhythms; challenging, dynamic, flowing polyrhythms. It's a joy to hear. The three musicians are certainly masters, playing into and out of one another with ease. The bass and drums create a solid foundation, strong without being overbearing, so Taborn can do his thing and swoop in and out with his percussive style in the higher range. Some of the tracks are actually just short sketches in sound, an idea explored for only a minute or two then set back down. The end result is a percussion heavy, atmospheric sound, missing much of the traditional melodic elements, but rich in rhythm. I highly recommend it to those listeners who enjoy the modern NYC downtown scene and Blue Series/Matthew Shipp et al. For those of you looking for a more traditional sound, it's best to look elsewhere.
5 of 22 people found the following review helpful
...i gotta stop buyin erthang other people recommend... 25 Jan. 2002
By R. Davis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
...this cd has its moments, but just as you settle down to enjoy one of them - BAM - they up and mess somethin up! taborn is talented as are the other two members in the trio, the only problem is that they do not play cohesively...on the majority of the songs, they all seem to be playin against each other and not together. it's omost like they overlapped 33 songs over 11 tracks (lissen to one, get two more free!)...i imagine them all colliding in the hallway on their way to the studio, sheets of music flyin up into the air and no-one taking the time to sort things out before they began recording....they do calm down some for the last 3 tracks, but gettin there was rough.
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