Hudson Harrington Berry, Caroline Davis, and Charles Gorczynski; This Is It with Jacob Wick, Jaimie Branch, Jeff Kimmel, John Paul Glover, Aaron Zarzutzki, David More, and Marc Riordan | Heaven Gallery | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Hudson Harrington Berry, Caroline Davis, and Charles Gorczynski; This Is It with Jacob Wick, Jaimie Branch, Jeff Kimmel, John Paul Glover, Aaron Zarzutzki, David More, and Marc Riordan All Ages Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Sat., Nov. 29, 10 p.m. 2008

Last month Brooklyn trumpeter Jacob Wick returned to his old hometown, playing at Elastic with the impressive young postbop group Brinsk, but on this visit he’s showcasing very different skills. Though Wick is hardly alone in following the lead of Axel Dörner and Greg Kelley—many adventurous trumpet upstarts are exploring unhornlike sounds and non-notes—at 21 he’s already developed a sophisticated language of extended technique. On his knockout duo album with percussionist Andrew Greenwald, the new 37:55 (Creative Sources), his playing is almost polyphonic: he overlaps acidic, high-pitched cries with plush breath sounds, from sibilant flutters to tight, unpitched puffs. I’ve never heard a trumpet sound so inhuman—his flickering tone and stuttery articulation dislocate the instrument’s voice like an electronic filter, and for minutes at a time you might imagine you’re listening to an old-school analog synth. He performs as part of an ad hoc seven-piece group called This Is It, assembled by drummer and keyboardist Marc Riordan; a trio of Caroline Davis, Hudson Harrington Berry, and Charles Gorczynski headlines. Wick also plays on WLUW on Sunday night with experimental musicians Aaron Zarzutzki and Robb Drinkwater. —Peter Margasak

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