Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., Dec. 21, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Remarkable Chicago vibist Jason Adasiewicz has had a busy year—touring and recording with Rob Mazurek's jazz power trio Starlicker, playing with luminaries such as Peter Brötzmann and Mats Gustafsson, leading two groups of his own—and along the way he's earned increasing critical acclaim, including a big New York Times feature this fall. He caps off 2011 with the second album from Sun Rooms, his scrappy yet sophisticated trio with bassist Nate McBride and drummer Mike Reed. The recent Spacer (Delmark) doesn't feel like a statement of purpose the way last year's self-titled debut did, but the band thrums along at full tilt, captured with unfussy directness. This time Adasiewicz wrote everything except a couple of the ballads—the lovely "Bobbie" by Dutch cornetist Eric Boeren and "The Volunteer" by McBride. His tunes range from hard-charging stuff like "Run Fly" (where Reed openly borrows a trademark beat from longtime Amhad Jamal drummer Vernel Fournier) to tender, oblique ruminations like "Pillow," on which Adasiewicz lets his notes billow, ring, and distort until he's piled up thick clouds of reverberant overtones. He can create quite a fog of sound, but his improvised lines never get lost in it; he brings every liquid phrase, choppy melodic splash, and fleet eddy to a beautiful resolution. Adasiewicz loves spontaneous embellishment and improvisation, but he's careful to make sure it serves the ensemble sound—in this case a lovely fabric of his own shimmering figures, McBride's muscular but unobtrusive lines, and the dry crackle of Reed's insistent, swinging pulse. Sun Rooms is fast becoming one of the city's best working bands—and rather than only occasionally achieving the sublime, it operates at a consistently high level. —Peter Margasak Jeff Parker spins.

Price: $8

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