When: Thu., Sept. 17, 9 p.m. 2015
All-reed ensembles are enjoying a renaissance, and clarinet and saxophone player Keefe Jackson currently fronts the largest such group in Chicago—the lineup’s original, mostly European membership comprises seven musicians, and the Chicago-based version he’ll play with tonight numbers eight. Jackson’s deft arrangements give featured players plenty of space to dart in and out of the tight corners of his intricate settings, which make the most of the instrumental range between Mars Williams’s piercing sopranino saxophone and Dave Rempis’s massive baritone sax (the two locals play in both versions of the group). His compositions use hocketing rhythms, call-and-response dialogues, and tumultuous but carefully circumscribed free passages to sustain a constant flux of consonance and dissonance that’s utterly gripping. It’s worth noting that while this is the Chicago lineup of Likely So, several of its members spend a lot of time out of town and the band doesn’t get together very often—another reason to seize this chance to see them in action.
Price: $10 suggested donation