This is a recording of Tori Amos from a 1998 taping of Sessions at West 54th. She had just released From the Choirgirl Hotel, which I still think of as her best album. Matt Chamberlain played drums on this tour, and Jon Evans played bass. They're both awesome. Matt Chamberlain is great at throwing in flourishes and playing around rhythms while still keeping the beat rock solid. I know that Chamberlain is a drum hero of my own longtime friend and drummer, Reed. On bass, Jon Evans has this really amazing and cool ability to pull off lyrical musical phrases on his instrument while still solidly holding down basslines that bind the rhythm to the melody.
And, of course, Tori Amos is an effortlessly great piano player. Her voice alternates between soothing and shrieking- breathy and powerful.
Her music sort of pushes and pulls, soars, sobs, and implores.