When: Fri., May 6, 9 p.m. 2016
Drummer and Iowa native Cory Healey bounced around a bit before settling in Minneapolis three years ago. He made a stab at the New York jazz scene and also worked here in Chicago—playing in Fareed Haque’s Flat Earth Society and proggy postrock band Algernon—but he seems to have found a sweet spot in the Twin Cities with his flexible working group Beautiful Sunshine Band. The group’s eponymous debut on the Shifting Paradigm label features some key figures from that scene, including electric bassist Erik Fratzke and tenor saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, both members of the Dave King Trucking Company, an energetic combo led by the Bad Plus drummer. Healey shares King’s drive and predilection for creatively slopping up the groove with off-kilter accents and unexpected tom explosions, but it’s his melodic sensibilities that set him apart, whether he’s adapting the bouncy, joyful lyricism of Ornette Coleman on “Ubiquitous Condiments,” tapping into classic bebop on his “Aragon,” or pushing a moody, overdriven noir vibe on “Omen.” Rounded out by trumpeter Jake Baldwin and guitarist Zacc Harris, the band also includes a pair of rock covers on the record (the aching St. Vincent ballad “Cheerleader” and Bob Dylan’s “With God on Our Side”), both of which offer plenty to tear into melodically as the rhythm section kicks up a head of grinding dust. For tonight’s gig superb Milwaukee trumpeter Russ Johnson subs for Baldwin.
Price: $10 suggested donation