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People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

People Band, January 14, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

If this gig at London’s Cafe Oto is anything to go by, we should be hearing the People Band for a long time to come.

Bizingas – Eggs Up High (2015)

Bizingas – Eggs Up High (2015)

Never out of ideas or ways for his band of super avanteers to exploit them, Brian Drye does it again. ‘Eggs Up High’ keeps the Bizingas’ creative zeal going strong.

Louis Minus XVI – Kindergarten (2015)

Louis Minus XVI – Kindergarten (2015)

Experimental French quartet Louis Minus XVI’s ‘Kindergarten’ is easier to like because it’s harder to pin down.

Ivo Perelman, Mat Maneri + Tanya Kalmanovitch – Villa Lobos Suite (2015)

Ivo Perelman, Mat Maneri + Tanya Kalmanovitch – Villa Lobos Suite (2015)

Ivo Perelman came up with a very logical way to follow up the successful pairing with violist Mat Maneri titled ‘Two Men Walking’…by adding one talented woman violist to the two men for this latest walk.

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Complementary  Colors (2015)

Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp – Complementary Colors (2015)

The musical communion between Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp continues to progress into something more and more magical. You have to hear it to believe it.

Will Mason Ensemble – Beams of the Huge Night (2015)

Will Mason Ensemble – Beams of the Huge Night (2015)

The Will Mason’s Ensemble’s ‘Beams of the Huge Night’ is what the Sun Ra Arkestra might have sounded like had they gone in a rock direction.

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

White Out with Nels Cline – Accidental Sky (2015)

A masterful meeting of free, kindred souls, White Out + Nels Cline’s ‘Accidental Sky’ was created spontaneously to capture moments impossible to contemplate.

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Sopko Laswell Pridgen – Sopko Laswell Pridgen (2015)

Pridgen plays tricky odd-metered rhythms, Laswell’s formidable bass sets the parameters for the melody and Sopko goes balls-out free to push over the ledge a performance already on the edge.

Jon Irabagon – Inaction Is An Action (2015)

Jon Irabagon – Inaction Is An Action (2015)

There’s more than a little satisfaction in hearing the champion of perhaps the most prestigious individual award from the straight jazz world stray way, way off the reservation.

Mary Halvorson – Meltframe (2015)

Mary Halvorson – Meltframe (2015)

Trying to make sense of the surprises that lurk around every corner on Halvorson’s solo guitar outing ‘Meltframe’ is much of the fun in listening to this.