Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Mat Maneri release "The Bell" on ECM Records


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Ches Smith: drums, vibraphone, timpani; Craig Taborn: piano; Mat Maneri: viola

The Bell features dynamic chamber music compositions written for masterful improvisers. “The best thing I caught all weekend,” said critic Peter Margasak of the 2014 New York Winter Jazzfest, “was a superb trio led by drummer Ches Smith with pianist Craig Taborn and violist Mat Maneri, which expertly infused seductively narcotic writing with a mixture of brooding melody and rich texture.” Since that NY debut, the trio has become a priority project for all participants and in June 2015 Smith, Taborn and Maneri recorded The Bell at Avatar Studios with Manfred Eicher as producer. Ches Smith’s first album as a leader for ECM follows appearances for the label with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and with Robin Williamson. Ches has worked a very wide range of music in the course of his career, playing with musicians from Marc Ribot to Terry Riley to Wadada Leo Smith and his own groups have been informed by his far-reaching experience. His early biography included studies in composition with Pauline Oliveros} and Alvin Curran and his taut writing for the trio on The Bell triggers inspired contributions from Taborn and Maneri, in an album which gradually builds in intensity.

On Tour

January 15, NYC Winter Jazzfest ECM night #1
February 14, Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Arts
February 15, Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
February 16, Seattle WA @ Cornish College of the Arts
February 17, Vancouver BC @ Western Front
February 18, Detroit Michigan 9pm @ Trinosophes
February 19, Buffalo @ Hallwalls
February 20, Cleveland OH @ The Bop Stop
February 21, Madison, WI @ Gates of Heaven
February 22, Minneapolis @ Icehouse
February 23, Milwaukee WI @ Bay View Methodist Church
February 24, Chicago, IL @ Constellation
February 25, Pittsburgh, PA @ City of Asylum
February 26, Philadelphia PA @ Philadelphia Museum of Art
February 27, Baltimore, MD @ Windup Space
February 28, Washington, DC @ Bohemian Caverns
March 25, New York City @ The Rubin Museum of Art


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