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Kris Davis Trio

Jez Nelson presents Brooklyn-based pianist Kris Davis in concert with her trio, featuring bassist John Hebert and drummer Tom Rainey.

Vancouver born, Brooklyn-based pianist Kris Davis performs with her trio, in her first ever UK concert.

Imagine an amalgam of Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp and Morton Feldman and you're beginning to get a picture of Kris Davis - one of the most exciting and free-thinking pianists to emerge from the New York scene in recent years. From avant notions and frantic prepared piano through to thoughtful melody and time, Davis brings together a whole range of techniques and influences under the umbrella of her own unique sound. At points her sense of urgency and propulsion can be nothing short of jaw-dropping and she is joined by New York stalwarts, bassist John Hébert and drummer Tom Rainey, for the creative journey.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • News of Sun Ra's centenary on the BBC

    • Sun Ra

      Twin Stars of Thence

      Composer: Sun Ra

      • Lanquidity.
      • Philly Jazz.
    • The Sun Ra Arkestra

      Medicine for a Nightmare

      Composer: Sun Ra

      • Greatest Hits: Easy Listening for Intergalactic Travel.
      • Evidence.
    • The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo After School Drama Club

      Love in Outer Space

      Composer: Sun Ra

      • Live at the BBC 6 Music Festival Fringe.
  • Kris Davis Trio in concert at the Vortex, London on 4 March 2014

    • Line up: Kris Davis (piano); John Hébert (double bass); Tom Rainey (drums)

    • Kris Davis Trio

      Propaganda and Chiclets

      Composer: Kris Davis

    • Kris Davis Trio

      Trevor's Loofah Complex

      Composer: Kris Davis

  • John Fordham, Gregory Porter, Jon Newey and Andreas Schaerer preview the upcoming jazz festival season

    • Loose Tubes

      Sad Afrika

    • Gregory Porter

      Liquid Spirit

      Performer: Gregory Porter.
      • Liquid Spirit.
      • Blue Note.
    • Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble

      Fayrfax Africanus

      Composer: Trad. / Jan Garbarek / David James / Gordon Jones

      • Mnemosyne.
      • ECM.
    • Brad Mehldau

      Baby Plays Around

      Composer: Elvis Costello / Cait O'Riordan

      • Where Do You Start.
      • Nonesuch.
  • Alexander Hawkins and Kris Davis in conversation

    • Thelonious Monk

      Evidence

      Composer: Thelonious Monk

      • The Classic Quartet.
      • Candid.
    • Morton Feldman

      Patterns in a Chromatic Field: Page 30, Stave 2, Measure 1

      Performer: Arne Deforce. Performer: Yutaka Oya.
      • Morton Feldman: Patterns in a Chromatic Field.
      • Tzadk.
    • Kris Davis

      Ten Exorcists

      Composer: Kris Davis

      • Massive Threads.
      • Thirsty Ear.
    • Alexander Hawkins & Kris Davis

      Untitled Improvisation

      • Recorded at the Vortex, London on 4 March 2014.
    • Luciano Berio

      Sequenza IV for Piano

      Performer: David Arden.
      • The Complete Works for Solo Piano.
      • New Albion.
  • Kris Davis Trio in concert at the Vortex, London on 4 March 2014

    • Kris Davis Trio

      Berio

      Composer: Kris Davis

    • Kris Davis Trio

      Whirly Swirly

      Composer: Kris Davis

Kris Davis

Kris Davis
Photo by Peter Gannushkin © 2013 - All Rights Reserved

Kris Davis and Alex Hawkins

Kris Davis and Alex Hawkins
At the Vortex, London

Kris Davis Trio – Tom Rainey

Kris Davis Trio – Tom Rainey
Photo by John Sharpe © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Kris Davis Trio – John Herbert

Kris Davis Trio – John Herbert
Photo by John Sharpe © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Kris Davis Trio

Kris Davis Trio
Photo by John Sharpe © 2014 - All Rights Reserved

Graham Massey, Paddy Steer, Marshall Allen, Richard Harrison

Graham Massey, Paddy Steer, Marshall Allen, Richard Harrison
Members of The Part Time Heliocentric Cosmo After School Drama Club with Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra

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