Jim Dorling, Emmett Kelly, and Michael Zerang; Breakway; Splitter | Enemy | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Jim Dorling, Emmett Kelly, and Michael Zerang; Breakway; Splitter All Ages Soundboard Recommended

When: Fri., Dec. 11, 9 p.m. 2009

In May I blogged about the superb postbop album pianist Paul Giallorenzo had made with his quintet Get In to Go Out (which is now called GitGo, and plays Saturday night at Heaven Gallery), but like many local improvisers he maintains several different projects with distinct aesthetics and approaches. In the trio Breakway, Giallorenzo focuses on purely improvised abstraction, processing his piano with contact mikes and electronics or abandoning it entirely in favor of an analog synth. The music on Get Down (Friends and Relatives) is sometimes hectic, sometimes slow and considered, but even the most spacious passages consist largely of tense, frenetic gestures. Drummer Marc Riordan scrabbles and scrapes at his kit, creating a blur of cymbal patter, stuttering beats, and texture-based racket. Giallorenzo and electronicist Brian Labycz create swells and bursts of processed tones—snaking, skittering lines, supernovas of white noise, bulbous bloops and high-frequency bleeps—that not only blend and contrast thoughtfully with each other but also dance atop Riordan's playing with clear logic and easy grace. —Peter Margasak

Price: Donation requested.

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