Matt Wilson Quartet | Green Mill | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Matt Wilson Quartet Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., April 3, 9 p.m. and Sat., April 4, 8 p.m. 2009

Though drummer Matt Wilson has made regular trips to Chicago with his relatively straight-ahead Arts & Crafts quartet, it’s been nearly six years since he brought the band that shares his name to town—and for my money this is the group that best demonstrates the infectious energy of his inside-out aesthetic. The MWQ’s music, which swings like mad, clearly builds on bop tradition, but pulling against that is the wild, manic free-jazz energy of the two-reed front line—sometimes the tension gets so hilariously extreme that Wilson, driving away at an imperturbable groove with bassist Chris Lightcap, literally cracks up. This is the first time reedist Andrew D’Angelo has played in Chicago since he was diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2008; he’s had two surgeries, and as of late last year he was cancer free. D’Angelo is one of the most freewheeling and fearless improvisers in jazz, and his rapport with fellow reedist Jeff Lederer is nothing short of electric. The group has an album due this summer, That’s Gonna Leave a Mark (Palmetto), which will include everything from the John Lewis bebop standard “Two Bass Hit” to a spin on War’s “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” —Peter Margasak

Price: $12

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