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  • Tyshawn Sorey (2012)

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    Like not a few jazz musicians, Tyshawn Sorey was born in Newark, NJ. But unlike so many jazz musicians, be they from Newark or elsewhere, he doesn't play just a single instrument (in addition to drums and percussion, he plays piano and trombone). In fact, he doesn't identify himself as a jazz musician: he's a composer and will probably always be a student, learning from sources across the musical spectrum.

    Tyshawn is a sought-after musician in New York City in many different idioms. Just into his fourth decade, he's already had his works glowingly reviewed by the New York Times, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer, and Down Beat. In August 2009, he was given the opportunity to curate a month of performances at The Stone, a New York performance space owned by John Zorn.

    To date, Tyshawn has recorded or performed with a Who's Who in the creative music scene, such as Wadada Leo Smith, Vijay Iyer, Muhal Richard Abrams, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Butch Morris, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton.

    As a perpetual scholar, Tyshawn has completed his MA in composition at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, and begun his doctoral work at Columbia.

    Steve Lehman has called Tyshawn "The Most brilliant composer/percussionist of his generation … he absorbs massive amounts of musical information."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Can Ege Bamyosi Vitamin C United Artists
    # 2 Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Lick My Decals Off, Baby The Buggy Boogie Woogie Warner Brothers
    # 3 The Meters The Meters Cardova Josie Records
    # 4 Jimi Hendrix Axis: Bold As Love Up from the Skies Reprise
    # 5 John Coltrane Expression Ogunde Impulse
    # 6 Judith Berkson Oylam Ahavas Oylam ECM
    # 7 Unidentified Ensemble of the Central African Republic Banda Polyphony Ebena Ka Cemato: Lament Auvidis/Unesco
    # 8 Anthony Braxton and Muhal Richard Abrams Duets 1976 Nickie Arista
    # 9 Gust Burns Gust Burns Solo: Seattle 9/23/03 Improvisation 4 Self-Produced
    # 10 Dirty Projectors The Getty Address Gilt Gold Scabs Western Vinyl
             
    Book J.D. Salinger, "The Catcher in the Rye"
             
    Luxury Item An iPod
    Alternate Picks/Not Broadcast
    Alt 1 Milford Graves Stories Optical Inversions Tzadik
    Alt 2 Queen The Game Another One Bites the Dust Elektra/EMI
    Alt 3 Oedo Sukerokou Taiko Les Tambours de Tokyo- Live Matsuri Playasound
    Alt 4 Joseph Spence Good Morning, Mr Walker Out on the Rolling Sea Arhoolie Records
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