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Kris Davis is a jazz pianist from Canada.

Kris Davis has quickly grown to become a vital contributor to New York’s jazz scene. An artist exploring the balance between improvisation and composition, her writing and pianistic prowess have been described as ‘adventurous’ and ‘refreshing’. In 2002, Davis sought out hailed saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and drummer Jeff Davis and created her working quartet. Since it’s creation, the quartet has toured extensively, performing in festivals in the United States, Canada,

Norway and Sweden. Through Davis’ compositions, the quartet’s two CD releases on Fresh Sound, and the experience of performing together for the past six years, her ensemble has created a delicate balance of push and pull within the music. Lloyd Sachs of the Chicago Sun Times writes: ‘From the outset of The Slightest Shift, pianist Kris Davis’ impressive second album, you get a sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities in the playing and compositions. There’s color and angularity and continual movement in her approach, which entrusts her quartet — tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Jeff Davis — to work independently toward a common goal.’
Originally from Canada, Davis studied classical piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music
and received her bachelors degree from the University of Toronto. She attended the Banff Centre
for the Arts jazz program in 1997 and 2000, where she met future band mate Tony Malaby. Two
years later she received a Canada Council grant to relocate to New York and study composition


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  • LeChatRave

    Kris Davis the pianist is a jazz and freejazz musician Discover her music by this page: (1 to 3 tunes to hear by album)... (the freedownloading tunes on the LastFM page are from the ''other'' Kris Davis)

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Kris_Davis

    updated the profile. feel free to write about this other Kris Davis in hte wiki entry. Ive heard her music, quite interesting stuff.

    8 Apr 2007 Reply
  • wordsandsounds

    More than one Kris Davis. Lifespan, as well as Slightest Shift, are both excellent albums from Fresh Sound New Talent (Spain) that feature the jazz pianist along with multiple you leading lights such as Loren Stillman, Tony Malaby, and others.

    22 Mar 2007 Reply

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