Lorin Cohen Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., June 5, 9 p.m. and Sat., June 6, 8 p.m. 2015

Though he’s lived in New York since 2012, bassist Lorin Cohen reveals the modesty instilled by his Chicago upbringing on his recently released debut Home (Origin), playing with a soulful muscularity and helming his band’s harmonic shapes and rhythmic thrust rather than trying to command center stage. Cohen understands what it takes to make a band sound better without drawing attention to himself. Before leaving town he spent five years on the road with Caribbean-bred keyboardist Monty Alexander, and that experience too weighs heavily on the album thanks to the dominance of tuned percussion (provided by vibist Joe Locke and steel-drum player Victor Provost). At times there’s a fusion-tinged sensibility in the fussy arrangements, and when harmonica soloist Yvonnick Prene joins in, the mood becomes a bit too chill for my ears. This weekend’s concerts promise a more streamlined sound, however, featuring just Provost along with pianist Ryan Cohan and drummer Donald Edwards, who also play on the record. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15

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