Spare Parts, Wee Trio, Crawl | Martyrs’ | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Spare Parts, Wee Trio, Crawl Soundboard

When: Tue., Oct. 5, 8 p.m. 2010

Taking a big cue from the Bad Plus, the bicoastal Wee Trio distinguishes its take on jazz with crisp rhythmic energy and concise tunefulness—to say nothing of likewise covering Aphex Twin. On the recent Capitol Diner Vol. 2: Animal Style (Bionic), drummer Jared Schonig provides a snappy, powerful backbone to support vibraphonist James Westfall, who rattles off his percussive melodies with a dry clarity; despite some distractingly cloying synth their playing maintains a laserlike precision and poppy pithiness. The feel is usually more rock than jazz, though Schonig, Westfall, and bassist Daniel Loomis swing here and there, but the music isn't slight or predictable—even when Schonig sticks to a very unjazzy backbeat it develops in surprising and spontaneous ways. The players have an impressive rapport and can repitch any given performance of a tune at will. Spare Parts headline; the Wee Trio and Crawl open. —Peter Margasak

Price: $7

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