Jim Staley

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Krentz Ratings:
OTB (1984), 6/10
Mumbo Jumbo (1986), 7/10
Don Giovanni (1990), 6/10
Blind Pursuits (1995), 6/10
Northern Dancer (1996), 6.5/10
Scattered Thoughts (2009), 5/10

New York-based trombonist Jim Staley (1950), one of the protagonists of the free improvisor scene of the 1980s, indulged in different chamber settings for his collaborations: OTB (1984) with John Zorn; the double album Mumbo Jumbo (june 1986 - Rift, 1986 - Einstein, 1993), featuring different trios of Wayne Horvitz, Elliott Sharp, Shelley Hirsch, Samm Bennett, Bill Frisell, Ikue Mori, Fred Frith and John Zorn, Don Giovanni (june 1990 - Einstein, 1992), a series of brief vignettes inspired by Mozart's opera and improvised by drummer Ikue Mori, harpist Zeena Parkins, guitarist Davey Williams and vocalist Tenko, Blind Pursuits (Einstein, 1995), ten duets with Bora Bergman on piano or Phoebe Legere on vocals and accordion, the live Northern Dancer (november 1995 - Einstein, 1996), another set of trios with the likes of saxophonist John Zorn, Ikue Mori on drum machines, guitarist Davey Williams, harpist Zeena Parkins, guitarist Elliott Sharp, and vocalist Shelley Hirsch (particularly the 16-minute Dark Star with Parkins and Mori, and the ten-minute Dancer's Image with Hirsch and Sharp).

The double-disc Scattered Thoughts (december 2008 and april 2009) documents live performances. with drummer Joey Baron and bassist William Parker.

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