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When: Tue., Jan. 24, 8 p.m. 2012

If you've seen him perform, you already know that Peter Evans is the most adventurous, inventive, and technically skilled trumpet player of his generation, but until last year the full range of his ideas hadn't been represented on recordings. On Ghosts (More Is More) his quintet had a blast digging into standard head-and-changes postbop, with laptop artist Sam Pluta acting as a wild card—he processed the band's output and refracted phrases in real time right back at them. On Sum and Difference (Carrier), a trio record with Evans, Pluta, and violinist Jim Altieri, all three players tangle in a noisy, egalitarian give-and-take when Pluta isn't ripping apart the others' visceral abstractions with equilibrium-­threatening ring modulation. In the past few years Evans has experimented with amplification, and he shares some of his findings on High Society (Carrier), a duo with fellow trumpeter Nate Wooley: striated feedback, overmiked key clicks, breath bursts, Merzbow-worthy noise, blubbery snores, horse whinnies, and countless other bizarre sounds whose provenance would be utterly opaque if you didn't know what instrument both men play. Solo trumpet is a grueling endeavor as a rule, but Evans has stamina to match his creativity—on 2009's Nature/Culture (Psi) his idea-packed, fast-moving improvisations seem more likely to wear out the audience than test his endurance. Tonight Evans plays solo. —Peter Margasak See also Wednesday, when Evans improvises in a trio with reedist Ken Vandermark and drummer Tim Daisy.

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