Tom Rainey

Tom Rainey ( b. 1957 in Los Angeles ) is an American jazz drummer. " Riddled with melodic ingenuity and enormous dynamic differentiation" he claimed Martin Kunzler "that founded by Paul Motian concept of simplicity in the complexity and complexity in simplicity continues. "

Life and work

Rainey grew up in Santa Barbara. At the age of sixteen he made ​​his first professionally as a musician. After attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he worked in San Francisco, before moving in 1979 to New York City. There he worked with Ratzo Harris, together with the he belonged to several bands, including Kenny Werner Trio the fifteen years and the band of trumpeter Herb Robertson. In the early 1980s he met Tim Berne, with whom he recorded several albums until the mid- 1980s and then from 1996 onwards. Currently, he is one among others Bernes group paraphrase, at the Fred Hersch Trio and Ingrid foliage Rocks Sleepthief. In 2010 he presented his first album with pool school Laubrock and the guitarist Mary Halvorson, followed by the trio album Camino Cielo Echo ( 2012).

He also participated, among others with Jane Ira Bloom, Fred Hersch, Mark Helias, Brad Shepik, Tony Malaby, Angelica Sanchez, Nels Cline, Klaus König, Simon Nabatov and Andrea Parkins, but also with representatives of the downtown scene of the eighties as Gerry Hemingway, Joey Baron, Bobby Previte, John Hollenbeck, Kenny Wollesen and Jim Black on. Overall, he has been involved in about eighty albums.

As a composer he wrote on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, a concerto for percussion and jazz drums, which he premiered with Dave Samuels and Arto Tuncboyaciyan.

Lexigraphic entries

  • Martin Kunzler: Jazz Encyclopedia. Vol 2 Rowohlt, Reinbek 2002, ISBN 3-499-16513-9.