Amsterdam trombonist Wolter Wierbos hits town this weekend for a couple of concerts, both solo and with some fine Chicagoans. Considering how often he performs here it ought to be no surprise that he's forged strong relationships with many locals, but it was still nice to see that one of the three pieces on his excellent new album 3 Trombone Solos (on his own Dolfijn label) was recorded in town. You can hear a sample from the track "Portland" here.
Wierbos has appeared on well over a hundred albums over the years, but he rarely releases records under his own name--the new one is his first in 13 years. Throughout the disc he shows off his impressive range of styles and techniques--sibilant manipulations of unpitched air, gutbucket growls, flashes of bebop lyricism, dazzling rhythmic patterns, stellar mute work, post-Mangelsdorff harmonic shiz--and no matter how crazily he contorts his tone, it stays brassy and muscular, never slackening into pansy-assed pastels. He seems to be able to pack the entire history of jazz into a single solo, while making it sound like he's writing the latest chapter at the same time.
Wierbos will do a short solo set at Corbett vs. Dempsey on Saturday afternoon at 4 PM, then play solo again later that night at Heaven. Sunday night at the Hungry Brain he'll perform alone and improvise with bass clarinetist Jason Stein, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer John Herndon.
UPDATE: I neglected to mention that the Chicago piece was recorded by Malachi Ritscher at the Chicago Cultural Center on October 2, 2005.
Graham Haynes, Full Circle (RKM Music)
McCoy Tyner, McCoy Tyner Quartet (Half Note)
J Dilla, Ruff Draft (Stones Throw)
Israël Quellet, Oppressum (Sub Rosa)
Zadik Zecharia, Kurdish Melodies on Zorna (Bo' Weavil)