Nick Mazzarella & Dana Hall, Nate Lepine Quartet | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Nick Mazzarella & Dana Hall, Nate Lepine Quartet Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Jan. 28, 9 p.m. 2016

Last year’s Hyde Park Jazz Festival featured a slew of interesting duo performances, and one of the most galvanic pairings matched saxophonist Nick Mazzarella with drummer Dana Hall. Both are students of jazz’s deep history and freedom seekers unwilling to let rules hold back expression. Their hour-long, all-improvised performance was a searing journey marked by organic peaks and valleys, rhythmic fury and pensive meditation, melodic aggression and contemplative abstraction. With their ability to channel their erudition through technique, Mazzarella and Hall typically create a gripping ebb and flow that’s both logical and natural. Within the intimate confines of Elastic their improvisations ought to thrive all the more, whether they’re engaged in quietly rustling dialogues or frenzied joint sallies. The Nate Lepine Quartet, which includes Mazzarella, opens.

Peter Margasak

Price: $10 suggested donation

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