Elliot Humberto Kavee
A few short reviews!


"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 a member of Henry Threadgill Zooid for 22 years, "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 ten evening-length works of Mr. Threadgill's in New York and Europe, Kavee is featured on Zooid's newest recording, In for a Penny, In for a Pound (pi recordings); The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Music "is highlighted by Elliot Humberto Kavee's brilliantly melodic trap-set playing" (Larry Blumenfeld, The Wall Street Journal).

Co-founding 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 the Cuong Vu Trio cutting Myra Melford's Be Bread 2006 release, The Image of Your Body.

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).

The subject of a feature profile in Modern Drummer Magazine, 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).


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