Firehouse 12 to Present the Kris Davis Quartet May 25th


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On Friday, May 25th, New Haven's Firehouse 12 will present New York-based pianist/composer Kris Davis and her acclaimed five year-old ensemble, the Kris Davis Quartet. The group, which features saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Jeff Davis, will be playing music from Ms. Davis' second and most recent CD, The Slightest Shift (Fresh Sound New Talent).

“The adjective that comes to mind again and again listening to pianist and composer Kris Davis' quartet recording The Slightest Shift is 'refreshing'," wrote AllAboutJazz-New York's Brian Lonergan. “Much of the album sounds close to free improvisation, but there is also a recurring sense that one is listening to a modern chamber music ensemble. The Slightest Shift is also a reminder that improvisation that pushes at the boundaries of form and tonality needs not have a furious and aggressive edge to it."

Critics have called Ms. Davis “an exciting, imaginative new voice" (Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com), “one of the real up and comers on the scene" (Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times) and “among the more promising young pianists and composers to have arrived in the last few years" (Nate Chinen, New York Times). Since moving to New York from her native Canada in 2001, she has performed at a variety of clubs and festivals with her own groups and recorded two CDs for the Fresh Sound New Talent label. In addition to her efforts as a bandleader, she has performed with Theo Bleckmann, John Hollenbeck, Peter Herbert and Chris Speed, and is a founding member of the RIDD quartet.

About Firehouse 12:

Firehouse 12 is an award-winning bar, state of the art recording studio and unusually intimate music venue located in New Haven's historic Ninth Square District. Its distinctive 75-seat performance space, located inside the recording studio, offers world-class acoustics and unprecedented technical possibilities to both listeners and performers. Many of the most respected names in jazz and creative improvised music have performed at Firehouse 12 since it opened its doors in April 2005.

The local media has called it “one of the region's prime centers for new and improvised music" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant), noting both its “astutely stylish, updated-classic aesthetic" (Hugh Elton, New Haven Advocate) and its dedicated fan base of “people who bring near-religious reverence to the music, producing an exchange of energy that often fires great performances" (Regina DeAngelo, New Haven Independent). Play's David Lewis recently added, “they present such an amazing assortment of artists that you really can't go wrong."

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven recognized owner/producer/recording engineer Nick Lloyd with a 2006 Arts Award for his “visionary restoration" of this landmark firehouse building, which also earned the architects, Gray Organschi Architecture, a 2006 Design Award in the preservation category from Connecticut's chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

In 2007, Firehouse 12 founded its own label, Firehouse 12 Records, with the intention of releasing a mix of physical and digital-only recordings, including music recorded live during recent performances. Its first new releases, the Anthony Braxton 12+1tet's 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 and the Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet's The Middle Picture, were released April 3rd.

Spring 2007 Spring Jazz Series schedule:

03/16 :: Steve Davis Quintet featuring Mike DiRubbo
03/23 :: Frank Kimbrough Trio
03/30 :: Ullmann/Swell 4tet featuring Barry Altschul
04/06 :: Wallace Roney Sextet
04/13 :: Step In: Joe Fonda/Carlo Morena/George Schuller
04/20 :: Taylor Ho Bynum Trio
04/27 :: Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts
05/04 :: Tyshawn Sorey Quartet
05/11 :: David Weiss and The Point of Departure Quintet
05/18 :: Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet
05/25 :: Kris Davis Quartet
06/02 :: Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
06/08 :: Adam Birnbaum Trio

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