Jeb Bishop Trio | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Jeb Bishop Trio Soundboard Recommended

When: Wed., Nov. 30, 9:30 p.m. 2011

Trombonist Jeb Bishop has plenty of ways to sell a tune. He can blow it up big and bold, stretch it out with almost indecent languor, or come up with myriad ingenious thematic restatements. He's also a fearless improviser who sounds equally apposite roaring with Peter Brötzmann's Chicago Tentet or plumbing the depths of his horn's sound-effects reservoir opposite electronicists Brian Labycz and Paul Giallorenzo. His lyricism and daring have never worked in closer accord than on his trio's most recent album, 2009 (Better Animal). On "Awomblyin'," for instance, he goes straight from briskly climbing the stairstepping melody to stirring it into a bubbling mixture of growls. Bassist Jason Roebke is Bishop's staunch and agile shadow, while drummer Frank Rosaly shifts between swaggering grooves and elaborate out-of-tempo forays that ratchet up the tension. As a composer, Bishop has always produced quality, but not in quantity—the sessions for 2009 and those for its predecessor, Afternoons (Okka Disk), were nearly a decade apart. But he's been on a roll lately; the trio is almost done recording its next album, and most of the pieces it will play during tonight's two sets are new. —Bill Meyer

Price: $6

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