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Tom Christensen

Music Guide says, “Christensen possesses the goods to be a major force within the global modern jazz arena.” Jazz composers from Toshiko Akiyoshi to David Liebman to Rufus Reid have found fuel for their musical visions in Tom’s dynamic solos. His mastery of double reeds, flutes and clarinets led the Detroit Free Press to describe his work as “fresh, intelligent” music that “honors post-bop improvisation without falling into clichés associated with bebop, modal jazz or the superficial exotica of world music.” Jazz masters from Joe Lovano and Paquito D’Rivera to David Sanchez and Don Sebesky have featured Tom on recordings, and he’s performed and toured with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, to name just a few. Most recently, Tom can be heard on Rufus Reid’s Grammy nominated CD Quiet Pride, David Liebman’s A Tribute to Wayne Shorter, and on Ryan Truesdell’s Grammy nominated The Gil Evans Project: Lines of Color. As bandleader and composer, Tom won a composition grant from Chamber Music America for an extended work based on the poetry of Frank O’Hara. Tom featured the piece on his third solo project, New York School (Playscape), a CD All About Jazz listed as one its Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2005. Tom’s latest collaborations include Spin Cycle with drummer Scott Neumann, and The Kailash Trio featuring Tim Sund and Tomas Ulrich

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New York School

Playscape Recordings
2005

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Paths

Playscape Recordings
2003

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Gualala

Naxos
2000

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Guardians

From: New York School
By Tom Christensen

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