|Tyshawn Sorey (2012)|
|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."
|# 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|
Ron E. Beck