Keefe Jackson & Frank Rosaly; Fred Lonberg-Holm's Entente with James Falzone, Jeff Kimmel, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Anton Hatwich | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Keefe Jackson & Frank Rosaly; Fred Lonberg-Holm's Entente with James Falzone, Jeff Kimmel, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Anton Hatwich Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Wed., July 22, 9:30 p.m. 2009

The way seven-inch singles focus attention on just a few minutes of music makes them a marvelous format for free jazz, but for the players at least they’re also a demanding one. They have to get to the point, say what they need to say, and stop—not everyone can submit to such rigorous discipline. Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Keefe Jackson knows all about economy: on Ready Everyday (Delmark), by his band Fast Citizens, he doesn’t even solo on three of the seven tunes, and when he does take a turn, the impeccable logic of his lines and the richness of his tone leave you wanting more. He delivers just that on “Word Made Fresh” b/w “Real Absence,” a seven-inch he recorded with drummer Frank Rosaly. Jackson’s high-register squiggles and coarsely voiced, rippling runs push the limits of the tenor’s tonal envelope, and Rosaly’s carefully modulated surges match not only Jackon’s energy level but his purposeful clarity. This is a release party for the single, which Rosaly is putting out on his own Molk imprint; the duo headlines, and Fred Lonberg-Holm’s Entente, with bassist Anton Hatwich and clarinetists James Falzone and Jeff Kimmel, opens. Eric Leibundguth spins. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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