Tom Christensen, multi-instrumentalist/composer
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Tom Christensen is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, English horn, oboe, flute, clarinet) and composer who has performed/recorded with various Broadway casts, Don Sebesky, Joe Lovano, the BMI Composer's Orchestra, the Toskiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra, and the Playscape All-Stars among many others. Known for many years as a talented sideman and in-demand double-reed instrument specialist, Christensen began demonstrating his abilities as a leader on 2000's Gualala (Naxos) with his ongstanding quartet featuring fellow multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Ben Allison, and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. The Boston Globe called Paths, the group's second release and Playscape debut in 2002, "a remarkably varied, original, and arresting work."
Tom Christensen
By the end of the day, it becomes outwardly apparent that Christensen possesses the goods to be a major force within the global modern jazz arena.
— Glenn Astarita, All Music Guide
From delicate ballads to angular choruses and ethnically-infused melodic lines, saxophonist Tom Christensen's music is always exciting.
— NewMusicBox
Christensen and company are all about making beautifully accessible yet adventurous music. Just as bassist Ben Allison has been doing in his own groups, Christensen expands the definition of jazz from a small group to a chamber ensemble and a spontaneous poetry band.
— Mark Corroto,
Michael Musillami Trio
New York School
Tom Christensen
Michael Musillami Octet
Tom Christensen