Diatom Ribbons Kris Davis

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Label: Pyroclastic Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Modern Jazz

Artist: Kris Davis

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  • 1Diatom Ribbons06:19
  • 2The Very Thing04:54
  • 3Rhizomes05:19
  • 4Corn Crake05:06
  • 5Stone’s Throw04:18
  • 6Sympodial Sunflower04:17
  • 7Certain Cells05:39
  • 8Golgi Complex (The Sequel)07:43
  • 9Golgi Complex04:48
  • 10Reflections12:33
  • Total Runtime01:00:56

Info for Diatom Ribbons

A breakthrough album by pianist Kris Davis. Diatom Ribbons is her 14th recording as a leader and marks a new chapter in her career as she keeps writing and playing with imagination, courageously looking forward. Here, she is in charge of nine exceptional musicians, including old and new collaborators, who are combined to provide specific sonic outfits for each of the ten tunes on the record. If the presences of saxophonist Tony Malaby, vibraphonist Ches Smith, and bassist Trevor Dunn are not surprises, then the inclusion of great tenorist JD Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, explosive guitarists Marc Ribot and Nels Cline, vocalist Esperanza Spalding, and Haitian electronics artist Val Jeanty are all new additions to Davis’ projects.

When I compose, I’m alternating between the micro and macro, shaping the details and then standing back to see how they make up the structure of the composition. While writing for this album I learned about diatoms, which are unicellular microalgae that live in the oceans and freshwater and soils. They contribute massively to the planet’s oxygen supply, and there are something like one hundred thousand species. From satellite images above oceans and lakes, huge blooms sometimes appear as beautiful zigzags and ribbons. Up close under a scanning electron microscope, you can see these incredible, ornate structures. So seeing these plants extremely close-up and then so far away, I made a connection between the process of composition and my experience of nature, and that changing your proximity to the same object or idea can dramatically alter your experience of it, often yielding unexpected and inspiring results.

Esperanza Spalding, vocals
JD Allen, tenor saxophone
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Ches Smith, vibraphone
Nels Cline, guitar
Marc Ribot, guitar
Trevor Dunn, electric bass
Val Jeanty, turntable
Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
Kris Davis, piano

Recorded December 2018, Oktaven Audio, Mt Vernon, NY
Mixed March 2019, Saint’s Place, Kinnelon, NJ
Mastering: Scott Hull, Masterdisk, Peekskill, NY
Produced by David Breskin

Kris Davis
was named 2017 Rising Star Pianist/2018 Rising Star Artist in Downbeat magazine and dubbed one of the music’s top up-and-comers in a 2012 New York Times article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard,” with the newspaper saying: “One method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.” To date, Davis has released twelve recordings as leader. Her 2016 release, Duopoly, made The New York Times, Pop Matters, NPR, LA Times, and Jazz Times best albums of 2016. Davis works as a collaborator and side person with artists such as John Zorn, Terri Lyne Carrington, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Revis, Michael Formanek, Tony Malaby, Ingrid Laubrock, Julian Lage, Mary Halvorson and Tom Rainey. Davis received a Doris Duke Impact award in 2015 and multiple commissions to compose new works from The Shifting Foundation, The Jazz Gallery/Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is the Associate Program Director of Creative Development for the Insitute Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee College of Music.

This album contains no booklet.

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