Ribbit, Ribbit, Ribbit

Paradoxical Frog has become a band to contend with. After the trio’s rather jawdropping performance at June’s Vision Festival, they’re on a big roll. Grace, drama, delirium, effervescence, and texture. Texture for sure. Pianist Kris Davis, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tyshawn Sorey are putting a spin on the usual calibrations an improvising trio employs. Together, these expert soundscapists breed the kind of outcat poetics that electrifies a room. The chemistry of filtering forceful dissonance, negative space, expressionist blare, keen abstraction, and random skronkery through a three-way prism is chancy indeed, but the Frog has a firm grip on roiling exposition. Their Vision Fest set I was celebrating above is streaming for a few days on the BBC. Don’t delay, it goes away in a bit.

3 responses to “Ribbit, Ribbit, Ribbit

  1. Thanks for the link, Jim.

    Jim’s readers:

    Kris Davis will be on The Jazz Session next Thursday (7/7/11), followed by Ingrid Laubrock and Tyshawn Sorey within the next few weeks. Folks can hear those interviews (and nearly 300 others) at http://thejazzsession.com. The show is member-supported, so if you like what you hear, please join.

    All the best,


  2. whoa – out of it

  3. The Kris Davis episode of The Jazz Session is now online:


    All the best,


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