Under the John Zorn moniker a lot of quite different records are released regularly. He write classic music, chamber music and all sort of experimental jazz sometimes with roots back to Jewish traditional music, sometimes tripping over the frontiers of our average perception. “In The Hall Of Mirrors” features three extraordinary talented musicians, a rhythm section made of bassist Greg Cohen and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and the virtuoso pianist Stephen Gosling. We’ve got 48.46 minutes of sparkling, refreshing, intense, still extremely enjoyable experimental (jazz) music.
Blending classical and jazz music, this is a breathtaking and intense album throughout, reveling new dimensions and sounds, introducing the listeners to a limitless open space full of flavors and surprises. The performance of Stephen Gosling it’s fascinating and very inspired, while the dynamic rhythm section of Cohen and Sorey offers a breathtaking and solid groundwork. Simply splendid!
Gosling moved to New York from England at the age of eighteen to study with Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, where his awards included the Mennin Prize for Outstanding Excellence and Leadership in Music and the Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship. He was also featured as concerto soloist an unprecedented four times. Mr. has performed with New Juilliard Ensemble for three years from its inception; Aspen Contemporary Ensemble; Summergarden programs at MOMA; the Friedheim Composition Awards at the Kennedy Center; the Chamber Music Society’s “Great Day in New York” festival; the opening of the new Winter Garden; and Zankel Hall’s inaugural concert. Some of the many composers Gosling has performed include Xenakis; Ligeti; Brian Schober; Augusta Read Thomas and performances of solo and chamber works by Milton Babbitt, to celebrate the composer’s 90th year.
Stephen Gosling has made over 30 recordings for Albany, Bridge, Capstone, Centaur, CRI, Innova, Koch, Mode, Morrison Music Trust, Naxos, New World Records, and Rattle Records.
Gosling is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, Columbia Sinfonietta, and Ne(x)tworks. He is additionally a frequent guest artist of many other groups, including the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus, American Composers Orchestra, Riverside Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Speculum Musicae, Ensemble 21, Absolute Ensemble, Continuum, SEM Ensemble, DaCapo Chamber Players, Shen Wei Dance Arts, the League of Composers/ISCM Chamber Players, and Da Camera of Houston.
Greg Cohen is a jazz bassist. Best known for his work with John Zorn’s Masada quartet; more recently he has been touring with Ornette, and performed on Coleman’s much-praised Sound Grammar album. Cohen has also often played traditional jazz, including work with Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern and the filmmaker/clarinettist Woody Allen. He has worked with many musicians, including Tom Waits, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello.
Cohens bass playing credits include work with artists such as Dagmar Krause, David Sanborn, Susana Baca, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Dave Douglas, Tricky, Jesse Harris, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, Joey Baron, Donovan, Crystal Gayle, Bob Dylan, Nina Nastasia, Alan Watts, Lee Konitz, Richie Havens, Dino Saluzzi, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Odetta, Danny Barker, Tom Waits, Tim Sparks, and Antony and the Johnsons.
Tyshawn Sorey is an American musician and composer who plays drum set, percussion, trombone and piano.
Since graduating from William Paterson University, Sorey has been a sought-after musician in many different musical idioms. He is both a talented performer and composer, and has had works reviewed in The Wire, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. In August 2009, Sorey was given the opportunity to curate a month of performances at the Stone, a New York performance space owned by John Zorn. He was selected as an Other Minds 17 (2012).
Sorey completed a Master of Arts in composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In the fall of 2011, he began pursuing doctoral work in composition at Columbia University.
Sorey has released three albums as a leader: That/Not (2008, Firehouse 12 Records, FH12-04-02-005), Koan (2009, 482 Music, 482-1069), and Oblique (2011, Pi Recordings). He has recorded or performed with musicians including Wadada Leo Smith, Steve Coleman, Joey Baron, Muhal Richard Abrams, Pete Robbins, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Sylvie Courvoisier, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton, among many others.
03 Tender Buttons
04 In Lovely Blueness
Stephen Gosling: Piano
Greg Cohen: Bass
Tyshawn Sorey: Drums
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