When: Fri., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. 2014
The Young Mothers are a hard-hitting sextet led by Norwegian bassist (and onetime Chicagoan) Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten. Most of the group’s members live in Texas—Haaker Flaten currently calls Austin home—but Chicagoan Frank Rosaly occupies the drum throne. The group’s forthcoming debut album, A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite), situates excursions into hip-hop, hard rock, and even traditional Ugandan folk within a charged free-jazz context. Trumpeter Jawwad Taylor proves himself a strong rapper, though his blowing is better; he joins saxophonist and fellow Houstonian Jason Jackson on the strong front line, sometimes fleshed out by the nimble vibraphone of Stefan Gonzalez, son of noted Dallas trumpeter Dennis (at other times he switches to a second drum kit). Guitarist Jonathan Horne is something of a wild card, his raucous noise acting as a universal binding agent between the album’s free-jazz foundation and its various genre exercises—he’s largely responsible for the mooky rap-rock feel of “Wells, the Original,” but he lends a lovely moody atmosphere to the Benjamin Britten theme used in Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander. This is the group’s Chicago debut. —Peter Margasak Trio headlines; Young Mothers and the NRG Ensemble open.