Elliot Humberto Kavee:
A few short reviews!

"The raging drummer whose rumble brings
Your Life Flashes to instant life."


"Both brisk and dexterous" (Mitch Myers, Downbeat),  Drummer and Cellist ELLIOT HUMBERTO KAVEE is a "gifted" (Ben Ratliff, NY Times) new force on the New York based international jazz scene "making music unlike anything else in the city today" (David Adler, All About Jazz) with Grammy® nominated artists whose latest recordings are critical and popular favorites in heavy radio rotation.

As the newest member of Henry Threadgill's Zooid, "Kavee holds it together with his impeccable time and melodic sense. When Kavee solos, the centrality of percussion in this music is truly revealed." (David Adler, All About Jazz) Premiering seven evening-length works of Mr. Threadgill's in New York and Europe, Kavee is featured on Zooid's newest recording.

Co-leading Fieldwork (Pi Recordings) with pianist Vijay Iyer (Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman) and saxophonist Aaron Stewart (Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill), Kavee is the "raging drummer whose rumble brings Your Life Flashes {Best of 2002 CD} to instant life" (Gary Giddins, Village Voice).

Kavee is a founding member of Grammy® nominated Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa's Sextet/Septet/Octet (Ota Records); building the band, cutting four recordings, and touring the world countless times over 6 years to sold out houses. With the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet, Elliot "keeps the demanding rhythms interesting with his stellar use of cymbals, colors, and textures" (Paula Edelstein, All Music Guide), propelling Black Water (Red Giant) to the #2 spot on the CMJ charts. In 2003 Elliot thrills European audiences with the Myra Melford Quartet and theCuong Vu Trio.

His collaboration with Asian-American Jazz pioneer Francis Wong yields over a dozen recordings, building a catalogue for Grammy® nominated Asian Improv Records for which "Kavee is the perfect accompanist because he's an on-the-spot listener; he doesn't react, he catches the song's mode and moves into it with a groove already in mind" (Thom Jurek, All Music Guide).

Kavee's discography includes over 40 critically acclaimed recordings of ground-breaking new music, including performances with Joseph Jarman, Steve Coleman, Don Cherry, Cecil Taylor, Ben Goldberg, John Tchicai, Glenn Horiuchi, Elliot Sharp, Tim Berne and Jon Jang. On his recordings as a solo performer on Eliasound, "not only does Kavee make his skin and metallic percussion instruments sing by effecting a polytimbral/polyrhythmic approach, he further mixes up the program by doubling on cello. (Yes: drums and strings, one player, at the same time)." (Sam Prestianni).


Elliot Humberto Kavee can be contacted direct through:

317 South 5th Street. Fourth Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211-4683
718-384-2195 (phone)
718-384-2196 (fax)

for bookings contact:
Bernard Ivain 
Award Music Productions 
011 33 6 08 61 34 18

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