When: Sat., Jan. 14, 10 p.m. 2012
Boston's Pandelis Karayorgis is of my favorite pianists, a broad-minded composer and improviser who reconciles a love of swing with an affinity for bruising free jazz. Last year he released one of his finest albums, System of 5 (Hatology), a briskly driving set of originals with a post-Monk approach colored by the influence of early Cecil Taylor. That record features an all-Boston lineup, with drummer Luther Gray and bassist Jef Charland shaping crisp, in-the-pocket swing patterns behind trombonist Jeff Galindo and reedist Matt Langley, who braid their tart horn lines into Karayorgis's piano to create thrilling contrapuntal figures. The pianist leads a very different-sounding quartet called Construction Party—with Gray, trumpeter Forbes Graham, and Chicago reedist Dave Rempis—on his forthcoming album Instruments of Change (Not Two), veering more explicitly into energy-music territory without ditching his pithy composed themes. Karayorgis has worked often with Chicago musicians—he's got long-standing relationships with former Bostonians Ken Vandermark and Nate McBride—and for this visit he debuts a new quintet with McBride, Rempis, reedist Keefe Jackson, and drummer Frank Rosaly. Both horn men will play tenor saxes, a nod to the 1965 Tony Williams album Spring, where one of the saxists was the great Sam Rivers, who died December 26 at age 88. —Peter Margasak See also Sunday.
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