Jeb Bishop, Tomeka Reid, Hamid Drake, and Joshua Abrams Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., July 31, 9 p.m. 2016

Relocation is a fact of life, and plenty of Chicago’s finest musicians have been pulled away from the city. That doesn’t make the loss of trombonist Jeb Bishop any easier to accept. When he took off four years ago he left a huge void, as we lost his jaw-dropping technique, lyric improvisational style, and gorgeous, full-bodied sound. So it’s always special when he rolls back through, especially considering his recent visits have found him leading a group with percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist Joshua Abrams, players he’s worked with in various contexts for decades. This last April during a performance at Experimental Sound Studio, Bishop demonstrated a deep connection with the two musicians: the several extended improvisations felt like exhilarating journeys marked by dynamic peaks and valleys that occurred as if mandated by nature itself. The music grooved, meditated, levitated, and exploded, with Bishop’s fat tone and lithe lines adapting to each shift in rhythm and intensity with quicksilver agility. For this visit the trio expands to a quartet with the presence of cellist Tomeka Reid, who promises to multiply the melodic splendor of the music as well as add harmonic richness.

Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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