What makes Tony Malaby (USA) one of the most sought-after saxophone players in the New York scene, is his originality and unique sound. From Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band, the Liberation Orchestra of Charlie Haden, Fred Hersh, Ches Smith, Mark Helias, Kris Davis, or Tubacello to the Tamarindo trio (with William Parker and Nasheet Waits), Malaby has had a significant influence on contemporary improvisation.
With this trio, he is joined by keyboard wizard Jozef Dumoulin. He redefined the Fender Rhodes keyboard through a scope that is at the same time fully contemporary, eclectic and highly personal. He was the first to present a full solo program featuring the instrument. Furthermore he is known for his open and luminous approach to the piano and to music in general, always anchored in tradition without being burdened by it. Besides the Fender Rhodes solo, his own projects include The Red Hill Orchestra (a trio with Ellery Eskelin and Dan Weiss) and a duo with Benoît Delbecq.
The band is also joined by the young but extremely promising Belgian drummer Samuel Ber (Kris Defoort, Nic Thys, Bo Van Der Werf, Guillaume Orti, Bram De Looze), with whom they effortlessly shift between free improvisation and compositions.
“Ber is an incredibly present drummer – in the best sense of the word – and has a penchant for angular rhythms. But he often forms an inseparable tandem with Dumoulin to showcase their preference for steamingly hot music. In this environment, Malaby blows fragile and intense notes, without forgoing coarser and unpolished moments.” – Draai om je oren
Tony Malaby – Tenor Saxophone Jozef Dumoulin – Keys Samuel Ber – Drums