New York Times “Playlist” by Nate Chinen

Tony Malaby
Within the last decade the tenor and soprano saxophonist Tony Malaby has earned a reputation as one of New York’s stalwart improvisers, through an array of sideman appointments and some rigorously rewarding albums. As a leader he favors trios, working often with bass and drums. On “Tamarindo” (Clean Feed) the bassist is William Parker, and the drummer is Nasheet Waits, and both musicians bring a driving purpose to the task. Meanwhile Mr. Malaby, simmering as often as he squalls, coherently pushes the music forward. Clearly this band, which has occasionally billed itself as Tony Malaby’s Exploding Heart, should continue working, even though Mr. Malaby has other immediate plans: His next album will feature the drummer John Hollenbeck and the cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, who also join him in performance at Barbès on Wednesday and at the Cornelia Street Café on Friday. (See

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