Crazed counterpoint and cool kinetics are the essence of the bandleader's now-venerable and still-novel approach to improv. The jabs that are throw...
Last year's Steampunk Serenade was a blast. The sax/bass/drums cooperative rolled through an array of landscapes (I liked the “Icelandic Volcano Hymn”) with memorable eloquence. The rhythm section of drummer Allison Miller (always a marvel) and... More »
The alto saxophonist's horn lines are the definition of wily, zig-zagging through angled rhythmic terrains with the kind of authority that commands instant respect. The action on last year’s must-have Dialect Florescent, a bass and drums trio... More »
Drummer Mike Pride and saxophonist Jon Irabagon have been messing with extended improv forms for the past few years, the tension and tumult of their expressionistic forays becoming blustery ragas. For last year's Appalachian Haze, they added... More »
In a Twitter world built on pith, a five-artist one-night fest makes sense. Joel Harrison curated this leftie-prog affair to propose an aesthetic slant while keeping the voices varied. Each of the participants makes room for dissonance,... More »