Tyshawn Sorey

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Where to start with drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey? What is a better introduction: his work under his own name or as a sideman (with Roscoe Mitchell, Zorn)?

EvR, Monday, 4 May 2015 09:06 (five years ago) link

My two favorite CDs of his (or featuring him) are Koan, on 482 Music, and trombonist Samuel Blaser's Pieces of Old Sky, on Clean Feed, which features the same band (guitarist Thomas Neufeld, bassist Thomas Morgan, Sorey on drums). They work really well as companion pieces, and the music is beautiful.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Monday, 4 May 2015 13:09 (five years ago) link

Thanks for the recommendation, I knew he plays on some Clean Feed titles but I´m not familiar with any of them.

EvR, Monday, 4 May 2015 15:30 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

haven't got anything interesting to say other than The Inner Spectrum Of Variables is so beautiful.

calzino, Sunday, 25 December 2016 07:21 (three years ago) link

It really is; a fantastic album.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 25 December 2016 15:11 (three years ago) link

I went for a long walk this morning and had it on the earphones, was absolutely blown away by movement III.

calzino, Sunday, 25 December 2016 15:20 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I got it in the mail this week and am very very impressed with it. Some parts reminded me of the composition "Live Oaks" from this Tzadik-album:


EvR, Friday, 13 January 2017 20:50 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

MacArthur "genius" grant recipient

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:40 (two years ago) link

can't wait to check this out

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:46 (two years ago) link

Met him for the first time at the Art Ensemble of Chicago show in NYC on Friday night. Super nice guy.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 13:00 (two years ago) link

Just realized that I saw him play with Vijay Iyer last year. (It was a Trio show -- he was sitting in for Marcus Gilmore, I guess.)

Beret McKesson (jaymc), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 03:53 (two years ago) link

he is also credited as conductor on the latest Matt Mitchell album, busy guy.

calzino, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:36 (two years ago) link

eleven months pass...

new huge treble album Pillars with an Octet inc Stephen Haynes sounds incredible so far.

calzino, Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:16 (one year ago) link

Tyshawn says it's inspired by Tibetan ceremonial music and it's a one-off that can't be replicated live, it's a real trip and this is just having listened to part i.

calzino, Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:10 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I interviewed him about it (and other projects) for Down Beat; it's very much a ritual music kind of thing, with a heavy Bill Dixon influence as well (theoretical/conceptual more than sonic, though Stephen Haynes worked with Dixon a lot, obviously).

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:32 (one year ago) link

So far I think part ii is the strongest, it's awesome.

calzino, Sunday, 14 October 2018 13:51 (one year ago) link

this really is incredible

budo jeru, Monday, 15 October 2018 20:34 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...


Shatz on the excellent Sorey/Crispell Adornment Of Time album.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 14:01 (seven months ago) link

thanks for sharing !

budo jeru, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:47 (seven months ago) link

Really good review of it on Pitchfork today as well!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:49 (seven months ago) link

The album's really beautiful. Well worth hearing.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 15:55 (seven months ago) link

yeah! it's a beautiful piece.

calzino, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 18:34 (seven months ago) link

listening to him for the first time via Verisimilitude, and have to say I really love this. Can't wait to check out more of his discography.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 3 October 2019 00:37 (seven months ago) link

I interviewed Marilyn Crispell about this album (and a bunch of other things - we talked for an hour) today. Apparently they've played together a few times now, including one earlier this year. Here are some of their previous encounters:




shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 3 October 2019 01:37 (seven months ago) link

i admit that i had seen his name for a few years without checking him out, but it was actually this conversation that he had with Claire Chase in BOMB Magazine that really convinced me to seek out some recordings. Great interview!


blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 3 October 2019 11:04 (seven months ago) link

three months pass...

been listening to his violin/drums duo with International Contemporary Ensemble master violinist Jen Curtis. It's probably not his most essential release compared to recent highs but still quite excellent imo. Can understand him trying something a bit more breezy and casual after the intensity of his last few projects.

calzino, Monday, 27 January 2020 11:13 (four months ago) link

well breezy and casual is a massive undersell tbf it's some really fine improv, but I mean by his standards!

calzino, Monday, 27 January 2020 11:20 (four months ago) link

It's really good. I included it in the jazz column for the upcoming issue of The Wire, because why not.

I'm gonna see him play on Friday night, with Vijay Iyer on piano and Linda May Han Oh on bass.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 27 January 2020 12:05 (four months ago) link

you ever hear his live performance with Gebhard Ullmann from Berlin in '17? When I downloaded it from slsk I assumed it was a bootleg, but I just noticed it has album cover and looks like an official release. Anyway I think it is excellent and never saw it reviewed anywhere at the time.

calzino, Monday, 27 January 2020 15:48 (four months ago) link

Not high concept, but he's a sideman on this Lage Lund album, and it's cool to hear him just rip and play a lot of drums in a more traditional manner: https://open.spotify.com/album/06PWp6Uz0zH1R2W94fZ027?si=0-0JRPfCRwiZMZNEqGUHew

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 27 January 2020 16:40 (four months ago) link

Yeah, that Lund album is really good. I haven't heard the Ullmann thing. Googling doesn't turn up an official release, so I'm guessing whoever bootlegged it made some art, which is always cool.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 27 January 2020 16:45 (four months ago) link

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