When: Sat., Oct. 22, 10 p.m. 2011
Reedist and composer Matt Steckler disguises the saxophone-focused heart of his long-running Boston sextet Dead Cat Bounce with the presence of drummer Bill Carbone and bassist Dave Ambrosio; that doesn't change the fact that it's basically a hard-charging sax quartet—one that's got a noticeable World Saxophone Quartet influence—with a rhythm section tacked on. On its recently released fourth album, Chance Episodes (Cuneiform), the horn players—Steckler, Terry Goss, Jared Sims, and the great Charlie Kohlhase—use a warehouse of different reeds to alternate timbre and density; the arrangements are chock-a-block with nifty contrapuntal devices, puzzle-piece riffs, and breathless energy that cook, regardless of the inclusion of drums and bass. The group's ideas aren't exactly fresh, but that's not entirely bad—from the Ellingtonian richness of "Tourvan Confessin'" to the Soweto ebullience of "Township Jive Revisited," its music is a relentless hoot. —Peter Margasak Hearts & Minds headline. 10 PM, Heaven Gallery, suggested donation.
Price: suggested donation