When: Mon., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. 2011
Over the last few years, drummer Harris Eisenstadt has consistently made his mark as a composer as much he has as a percussionist. On the superb new album September Trio (Clean Feed), the pianist Angelica Sanchez and tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin bring a full-bodied and agile warmth to his ballad-heavy compositions, while the pithy music on Canada Day II (Songlines)—inspired by the birth of his son a couple of years ago—is given spry, contrapuntal readings by his excellent quintet, fronted by trumpeter Nate Wooley, saxophonist Matt Bauder, and vibraphonist Chris Dingman. Unfortunately, on his upcoming visit to Chicago, Eisenstadt isn't bringing along either of those groups, but he'll renew his relationship with trombonist Jeb Bishop—who's played in several of his projects—and collaborate with some others, like clarinetist James Falzone and bassist Nate McBride. The group will also include Eisenstadt's wife, the bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, and the drummer says the music will range between the post-bop ebullience of his Canada Day group and the chamber music of last year's terrific Woodblock Prints (No Business). Sharing the bill, in a rare local performance, is the pianist Connie Crothers, one of the greatest exponents of Lennie Tristano's music (but a singular player in her own right). —Peter Margasak See also Sunday.