New Music for New Times

Ted PoorYou Already Know
March 2020
Impulse label

Seattle-based Ted Poor has quickly become one of the most in-demand drummers across genres due to his soulful skillset and eclectic taste. In addition to his work with Andrew Bird he has shared the stage with artists such as Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Cuong Vu, and more. He has also collaborated with producers and artists such as Mitchell Froom, Blake Mills, and Tony Berg. Now a resident of Seattle, Poor is currently an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Washington.  

The album in one sense sounds like those New York loft albums of the seventies from the likes of David Murray and Oliver Lake.  Some may even compare it to those later Coltrane sessions with drummer Rashied Ali and though somewhat similar, the expressive D’Angelo plays with much more restraint than the explorative Coltrane of that period and he and Poor seem bent on finesse, creating a contemplative ballad-like, as opposed to spiritual, kind of vibe. They are also joined by others on most tracks. D’Angelo’s playing is certainly evocative, and Poor’s drumming is remarkably crafty, non-flashy and in support of the tune, using each aspect of the kit when necessary rather than going for explosions of sound. 


The ClinamenSwervitude
(Zoar Records, 2019)
Elliott Sharp – guitar, John Edwards – double bass, Mark sanders – drums

A trio “The Clinamen” has expressive, bright and moving sound. An ensemble is based on three featured figures of avant-garde jazz scene – it’s bassist John Edwards, guitarist Elliott Sharp and drummer Mark Sanders. All music of the trio is completely based on free improvisation and avant-garde jazz. The musicians don’t avoid to make brave, ambitious, original, evocative, weird, shocking or simply surprising ways of playing. The music always is a mix of colors, sounds, modern innovations, authentic traditions and dynamic turns.