Peter Brotzmann & Hamid Drake; Mike Reed's People, Places & Things 8tet; DJ John Corbett | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Peter Brotzmann & Hamid Drake; Mike Reed's People, Places & Things 8tet; DJ John Corbett Soundboard Recommended Critics' Picks

When: Fri., April 23, 9 p.m. 2010

With the release the new PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS album, Stories and Negotiations (482 Music), drummer and bandleader Mike Reed has completed the trilogy he began with this quartet a few years ago: in their three-part tribute to Chicago's late-50s hard-bop scene, Reed, saxophonists Tim Haldeman and Greg Ward, and bassist Jason Roebke reimagine underappreciated tunes from that era and explore the still-vital legacy of the musicians who shaped it. Their debut, 2008's Proliferation, showcased the interplay between Haldeman and Ward, as well as the band's ability to balance avant-garde technique with blues-based swing, on a collection of mostly vintage material. Last year's About Us shifted toward new compositions, with guest spots by three of Chicago's best players: guitarist Jeff Parker, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and reedist David Boykin. The new album, with five 50s pieces and three contemporary originals, splits the difference—and not just with repertoire. Recorded live during a Millennium Park concert in August 2008, it features People, Places & Things joined by trombonist Jeb Bishop and three veterans who were active in Chicago in the 50s—trombonist Julian Priester, trumpeter Art Hoyle, and reedist Ira Sullivan. Reed and Ward had some fun with the extra horns—their version of Sun Ra's "El Is a Sound of Joy" sometimes recalls the storming gospel polyphony of Charles Mingus or the lush orchestrations of Duke Ellington, circa The Far East Suite—and in a perfect marriage of past and present, the elders embrace their bright, daring new arrangements, rife with carefully deployed chaos and harmonic ambiguity. Tonight is the octet's first local performance since that Millennium Park gig; saxophonist Ari Brown subs for Sullivan. See also Saturday when Mars Williams, Kent Kessler, Josh Berman & His Gang, and DJs John Herndon and Josh Abrams play, minus Places and Things and Corbett. —Peter Margasak

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