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But even more than its lineup, what’s made Burnt Sugar so absorbing and stimulating has been the wide scope of its music—a dense amalgam that constantly shifts as elements of free jazz, funk, hard rock, hip-hop, R & B, electronica, and other genres flow in and out. Not every passage takes wing, but under Tate’s baton there’s usually an impressive sense of order and logical progression. Tate won’t be present tonight, but according to longtime bassist Jared Nickerson—who’ll also be absent—several other ensemble members have emerged to lead the conductions, and one or more of them will be taking over at Uncommon Ground.
For this show Burnt Sugar will be a sextet, with superb trumpeter Lewis “Flip” Barnes—who was just in town as part of William Parker’s Curtis Mayfield project at the Chicago Jazz Festival—reedist Micah Gaugh, singer Karma Mayet Johnson, violinist and singer Mazz Swift, bassist Jason DiMatteo, and drummer Swiss Chris. At a show earlier in the day at Northeastern Illinois University, guitarist Pete Cosey sat in.
Various artists, Get Low Down! The Soul of New Orleans ’65-‘67 (Sundazed)
Joe Maneri Trio, The Trio Concerts (Leo)
Jana Winderen, Heated (Touch)
Paolo Fresu & Uri Caine, Think. (Blue Note, Italy)
Those Darlins, Those Darlins (Oh Wow Dang)