Mike Reed's PPT closes out the tenth year of Sunday Transmissions



Mike Reeds People, Places & Things
  • Mike Reed's People, Places & Things
Mike Reed's People, Places & Things will play its second local gig of 2011—and just its third anywhere this year—this Sunday night at the Hungry Brain. The show is the final installment in the venue's yearlong celebration of the Sunday Transmission series's tenth anniversary. The group's two saxophonists are no longer in Chicago—Tim Haldeman lives in Ann Arbor and Greg Ward lives in New York—so wrangling the members for gigs take more effort now. (Bassist Jason Roebke has thankfully stayed here.) This year was the first since 2008 that the group didn't put out a new record.

Happily, that drought will end soon: 482 Music will release the band's fourth album, Clean on the Corners, in the spring. This time Reed wrote all the music, with the exception of Roscoe Mitchell's "Old" and the John Jenkins tune "Sharon." Cornetist Josh Berman guests on two tracks, as does celebrated pianist Craig Taborn. On Sunday the band will play two sets, one focusing on tunes from the forthcoming album and the other featuring loose arrangements of compositions by key figures of the Amsterdam jazz scene, including cornetist Eric Boeren, trombonist Joost Buis, reedist Sean Bergin, and pianist Guus Janssen. Below you can get an exclusive preview of the new record: a beautiful ballad based on Jason Adasiewicz's "I Hope She Is Awake." It's one of the tunes with Berman.

Mike Reed's People, Places & Things, "House of Three Smiles"

photo: Giovanni Piesco

Today's playlist:

Johnny Pacheco con Pete (Conde) Rodriguez, La Perfecta Combinacion (Fania)
Donald Byrd, Byrd in Hand (Blue Note)
Jesús Torres, Manantial de Luz (Kairos)
The Count Bishops, The Best of the Count Bishops (Chiswick)
Low, The Great Destroyer (Sub Pop)

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