Dave King

Overrated/Underrated: The bizarre charm of 'The Barkley Marathons,' and what is Lady Gaga doing?

Overrated/Underrated: The bizarre charm of 'The Barkley Marathons,' and what is Lady Gaga doing?

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Craig Taborn’s ‘Daylight Ghosts’: The inventive pianist and composer, who’s as adept with exploring electronics-girded grooves as a sort of ghostly minimalism, assembled a group of jazz all-stars for his latest release, which is already a sure bet as one of the strongest albums of the year. In a quartet that includes saxophonist Chris Speed, bassist Chris Lightcap and the Bad Plus’ shape-shifting drummer Dave King, Taborn offers an eclectic, richly melodic effort that emphasizes intricate group improvisation over individual fireworks. The results are often spellbinding, with a blend of tangled melodies and a near-ethereal...

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