Craig Taborn (America jazz musician and composer)

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Craig Marvin Taborn (; born February 20, 1970) is an American pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer. He works solo and in bands, mostly playing various forms of jazz. He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of music, including by the freedom expressed in recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music.

While at university, Taborn toured and recorded with jazz saxophonist James Carter. Taborn went on to play with numerous other musicians in electronic and acoustic settings, while also building a reputation as a solo pianist. He has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce. His improvising, particularly for solo piano, often adopts a modular approach, in which he begins with small units of melody and rhythm and then develops them into larger forms and structures.

In 2011, Down Beat magazine chose Taborn as winner of the electric keyboard category, as well as rising star in both the piano and organ categories. By the end of 2020, Taborn had appeared on 14 albums as a leader or co-leader and more than 100 as a sideman.

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2001Light Made LighterCraig Taborn1
2001The Shell GameTim Berne, Craig Taborn & Tom Rainey1
2004Junk MagicCraig Taborn1
2011Avenging AngelCraig Taborn2
2014Conversations IRoscoe Mitchell with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku1
2014Conversations IIRoscoe Mitchell with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku1
2017LjubljanaMats Gustafsson, Craig Taborn1
2017Daylight GhostsCraig Taborn2
2017HighsmithCraig Taborn, Ikue Mori1
2018OctopusKris Davis & Craig Taborn2
2019The People I LoveSteve Lehman Trio + Craig Taborn1
2019Golden Valley Is NowReid Anderson, Dave King & Craig Taborn2
2019Da'at: The Book Beri'ah, Volume 11Craig Taborn & Vadim Neselovskyi1
2020The Tower Tapes #3: Craig Taborn & Dave KingCraig Taborn & Dave King1
2021FacetsHafez Modirzadeh with Kris Davis | Tyshawn Sorey | Craig Taborn1

Album + Compilation

2014ConversationsRoscoe Mitchell with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku1

Album + Live

2009Farmers by NatureGerald Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn2
2013Rocket ScienceEvan Parker, Craig Taborn, Sam Pluta, Peter Evans2
2019The Transitory PoemsVijay Iyer and Craig Taborn2
2021Shadow PlaysCraig Taborn2


2020QW3Dave Holland, Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Ches Smith1

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