What's coming up – selected UK live highlights in January

Mike Outram trio, The Avocet, Poole 6 January Bill Frisell trio, Jazz Cafe, London 6 Jan Loz Speyer's Time Zone, 1000 Trades, Birmingham 7 Jan Matthew Bourne, Widcombe Social Club, Bath 8 Jan Ewan Bleach quintet, Kendal jazz club, Kendal 13 Jan …

Published: 3 Jan 2022. Updated: 25 days.

Craig Taborn solo gigs are a January highlight

Playing solo concerts this month in Dublin, Belfast and London Craig Taborn does not buy into easy moods involving any notion of sentimentality. Instead he is a radical artist in his rejection of the nicety or comfort of form and in his ready …

Published: 2 Jan 2022. Updated: 26 days.

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Playing solo concerts this month in Dublin, Belfast and London Craig Taborn does not buy into easy moods involving any notion of sentimentality. Instead he is a radical artist in his rejection of the nicety or comfort of form and in his ready embrace of the impact of an unresolved chord. 'Concordia Discors,' from last year's album Shadow Plays, ''a harmony of discordance,'' is innovation at work. Some long term followers of the Minneapolis-born 51-year-old feel the track was something of a turning point for Taborn, a new highlight in his already significant discography stretching back to early days as a sideman with James Carter and leading his own trio. His appearance within Chris Potter's band in London last year was marlbank's gig of the year. These gigs under a different shadow, that of Omicron, are a must for anyone interested in state of the art 21st century improvised piano from a dazzling practitioner of the art. Tickets here for the Dublin gig in the John Field Room on 29 January. The Belfast gig is at the MAC on 30 Jan and the London gig takes place at the Vortex on 31 Jan