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Eclectic alto saxophonist Darius Jones performs a rare solo concert in Chicago


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The ten albums Darius Jones has made as a leader or coleader since 2009 reveal an artist who can’t be pinned down. As part of the collective Little Women, the New York-based alto saxophonist combined extended instrumental techniques, postpunk rhythms, and a ritual demeanor reminiscent of martial arts practice to create devastating concert experiences. The compositions he’s played on his trio and quartet albums for the Aum Fidelity label steer closer to postbop jazz forms, with mercurial changes in mood and structures anchored by bluff and bluesy horn playing. His two duo records with pianist Matthew Shipp are stocked with pithy, abstract chamber improvisations. And he doesn’t play at all on The Oversoul Manual, a choral work for four female voices. Jones will offer a solo set at the Experimental Sound Studio (though he hasn’t yet recorded a solo recital), which will be followed by a sit-down interview with local drummer Tim Daisy. Two days earlier, Jones and drummer Michael Vatcher, a fellow New Yorker, will play at Constellation in a quartet led by local cornetist Josh Berman. The combo, which also includes bassist Jason Roebke, is breaking in material for an impending recording session.   v

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