Brad Linde's Team Players | Hungry Brain | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Brad Linde's Team Players Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., July 27, 10 p.m. 2014

This nimble quartet is nominally led by D.C. saxophonist Brad Linde, but on the recent Draft (Bleebop/Mole Tree), it often functions as a democratic collective—each member contributes material, and some tracks are group improvisations. The album opens with the jagged, freely improvised “Scrimmage,” which combines hurtling, fractured beats from drummer Deric Dickens, give-and-take saxophone sputters from Linde and Billy Wolfe, and coloristic tones and pointillistic stabs from electric guitarist Aaron Quinn. But on the very next song the band plays elegant, warmly melodic postbop. With their fluid group timbre, Team Players can veer off the road at any moment, suddenly ramping up or down in volume and intensity if not discarding a tune’s changes altogether—and they can pick up the pieces again just as swiftly. —Peter Margasak A quartet of Keefe Jackson, Brad Linde, Jason Roebke, and Deric Dickens opens.

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