Tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, a protean improviser and ubiquitous presence on the New York jazz scene, pops up everywhere on this year's Earshot Jazz Festival.
A ubiquitous presence on the New York jazz scene’s exploratory frontier, tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby appears with a variety of groups in several venues at this year’s Earshot Festival.
Malaby’s power trio Tamarindo, which pivots on the commanding bass work of avant-garde icon William Parker, performs Oct. 24 at the Royal Room on a double bill with the quartet Shuffleboil, an unusual Gotham-Seattle mashup featuring drummer Bobby Previte and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz. The following night Tamarindo faces off with French horn expert Tom Varner’s Steve Lacy-inspired Seattle quartet at Cornish College’s Poncho Concert Hall.
Malaby concludes his Earshot run at the Seattle Art Museum with bassist Chris Lightcap’s Big Mouth, a talent-laden New York quintet powered by the electrifying drummer Ches Smith (saxophonist Kate Olson and trombonist Naomi Siegel’s electronics-laced duo Syrinx Effect opens). Where Lightcap writes highly developed material with long, luxuriant melodic lines, Tamarindo alternates between spontaneously generated pieces and sketchy themes that serve as improvisatory launchpads.
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