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An artist who is interested in different musical directions and who strives for quality and sincerity in his work. Jazzkeller 69 presents the band Devin Gray's Motian To Bop

  • Angelika Niescier - alto sax
  • Peter Van Huffel - alto sax
  • Florian Müller - guitar
  • Igor Osypov - guitar
  • Lisa Hoppe - bass
  • Phil Donkin - bass
  • Devin Gray - drums

His exciting energy has propelled him into many different musical directions and projects. Considered groundbreaking by his contemporaries, Gray is a promising artist who will not only push the music forward, but also share his unique musical vision with the world of music.Devin Gray's fresh approach to modern drumming has allowed him to play with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians.

He has performed and recorded with innovative musicians of different styles and backgrounds such as: David Liebman, Tony Malaby, Gary Thomas, Ingrid Jensen, Dave Burrell, Dave Ballou, Michael Formanek, Nate Wooley, Stephan Crump, George Garzone, Chris Speed, Drew Gress, Sam Rivers, Ralph Alessi, John O'Gallagher, Ellery Eskelin, Kris Davis, Ted Rosenthal, Matt Mitchell, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, Andrew D'Angelo, Vardan Ovsepian, Angelica Sanchez, as well as with many others.

Devin has been fortunate to perform in many venues around the globe. In many circles of modern jazz in New York City, he is one of the most sought after young drummers.

His current projects as a leader include two quartets: "Dirigo Rataplan" with Ellery Eskelin, Dave Ballou and Michael Formanek and "RelativE ResonancE" with Chris Speed, Kris Davis and Chris Tordini.
He currently lives, plays and composes in Brooklyn, New York.In today's crowded jazz market, developing your own group sound is quite an achievement.

And yet this is just one of the wonderful things that immediately stand out on Devin Gray's Dirigo Rataplan.
Gray is an amazing percussionist and his amazingly detailed playing sounds like a cross between Fritz Hauser and Roy Haynes.

He also flashes some compositional skill. Dirigo Rataplan consists of eight bright, restless original compositions that are complex and intimate, intelligent and captivating, and occasionally a little crazy.

Gray's phenomenal quartet brings all this great music to life.
Dave Wayne, All About Jazz
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