Tony Bianco

Tony Bianco is an American jazz drummer and composer from New York City who moved to Europe in the early nineties. He is described as "a true master of the drums" (Ayler Records). He has played and recorded with many prominent jazz musicians including Elton Dean, Alex Von Schlippenbach, Dave Liebman,Paul Dunmall, and Evan Parker. In 2008 he brought together Dave Liebman and Evan Parker for a BBC recording which resulted in the CD "Relevance".
Tony as well as playing with the European Improvisers also recorded more contemporary jazz such as his record In a Western Sense, featuring Zoe Rahman. He played with Elton Dean on his concept called "Freebeat", which resulted in two CDs featuring Dean on "Northern Lights" and Liebman on Monkey Dance.
In 2009 he recorded "Never Pet a Burning Dog" with the band douBt with guitarist Michel Delville and pianist Alex Maguire, acclaimed with 4 stars from Downbeat Jazz Magazine.[1]
In 2010 Bianco made it into the Top 5 Drummers of the Year of Arnaldo DeSouteiro's Annual Jazz Station Poll, which also voted douBt 3rd best Instrumental Group.[2]
In 2011, Bianco and Delville created the electro-jazz project Machine Mass, which was joined by Dave Liebman in 2012.
Tony Bianco is known for his "mercurial", "octopusian" drumming style,[3] which combines the sounds of free and straight jazz and reflects Bianco's "musical creed – to be "loose and tense, free and strict".[4]