James Falzone's Klang, DJ Fred Lonberg-Holm | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

James Falzone's Klang, DJ Fred Lonberg-Holm Recommended Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., Sept. 23, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Earlier this month at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Klang celebrated the small-group music of Benny Goodman, but the local quartet’s new album, Tea Music (Allos Documents), pays homage to another late, great jazz clarinetist, Jimmy Giuffre. Giuffre is often remembered for the radical chamber jazz he introduced in the 60s, which bandleader and clarinetist James Falzone honors with subtle dissonances, rich harmonies, and meterless interludes on the melancholy “Lament on Ash Wednesday” and the acerbic “Oolong With Multiplicity.” But elsewhere drummer Tim Daisy and bassist Jason Roebke’s light-stepping rhythms and sprightly interjections recall the more ingratiating, unabashedly swinging music Giuffre played in the 50s, and the melodies all three men write are similarly accessible and openhearted. Among the group’s members only vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz didn’t compose for Tea Music, but his instrumental contributions—the tart accents he rains upon “#32 Busonius,” the clouds of sound he suspends over the languid “Giants”—are essential to the group’s personality. Klang plays two sets tonight; Fred Lonberg-Holm spins records. —Bill Meyer

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