When: Thu., Aug. 11, 9 p.m. 2016
Dave Shuford’s never been a guy to play just one instrument, or one style. The New Yorker can operate a guitar, mandolin, saz, baglama, and bouzouki, and he sings in a drawl that betrays his southern upbringing. He’s played unruly improvised music with the No Neck Blues Band, rollicking country rock with D. Charles Speer & the Helix, and psychedelic extrapolations from Rebetika (a century-old Greek folk style with roots in Athenian hash dens) on his solo D. Charles Speer LP Arghiledes (Thrill Jockey). But with both aforementioned combos on hiatus, the trio Rhyton is the place where he pulls it all together. On last winter’s exhilarating LP Navigating by Starlight (MIE), Shuford, bassist Jimy SeiTang, and drummer Rob Smith deliver a pair of spaced-out instrumentals that sound like the Jimi Hendrix Experience inventing Hellenic jazz rock. They rein in the jams and Shuford steps up to the mike on their newest album, Redshift (Thrill Jockey), which includes languid guitar picking, insectoid electronics, and some straight-up boogie, including an entirely unironic cover of Joe Walsh’s “Turn to Stone.