Tonight: the Return of Colorlist



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Saxophonist Charles Gorczynski left Chicago last summer for Oakland, California, but as I wrote in a blog post May, he planned at the time to continue his commitment to Colorlist, his long-running duo with drummer Charles Rumback. The reedist is back in town this week, and tonight Colorlist play locally for the first time since he moved away: they've got a 10 PM show at Danny's.

Rumback has billed the gig as a "pre-record release show," since the duo have a four-track EP, The Fastest Way to Become the Ocean, due in April from the British label Serein. Colorlist's basic modus operandi is unchanged: Gorczynski creates repeating patterns by sampling his own sax and/or harmonium, then improvises over them while Rumback keeps time and adds extra coloration. The new record was produced by Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, and he helps the duo use overdubbing to give the EP's four tracks greater depth and variety than the group can manage live. Guitarist Jeff Parker guests on the lengthy "Nine Lives," one of Colorlist's more extroverted pieces, and Liz Payne of the Zoo Wheel adds gentle singing (a first for the band) and melodica to "What We Have Left." Tonight's concert will be just Gorczynski and Rumback.

Today's playlist:

Various artists, The Golden Era of Sudanese Music (Blue Nile)
Johnny Cash, Silver (Columbia/Legacy)
Charles Dodge, A Retrospective (1977-2009) (New World)
Janelle Monáe, Metropolis, Suite I of IV: The Chase (Wondaland Arts Society)
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kim Myhr, Stems and Cages (MNJ)

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