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The Ghost, Tigerfish & Lioncats Recommended All Ages Soundboard Image

When: Thu., Sept. 22, 9 p.m. 2016

Records such as Archie Shepp’s The Cry of My People and Joe McPhee’s Nation Time linked fiery free jazz to the civil rights battles of the 60s. Saxophonist Michael Foster (Andrew Barker Trio, Weasel Walter Large Ensemble), bassist Henry Fraser (Chris Pitsiokos Quartet, Nick Sanders Trio), and drummer Connor Baker (Nick Sanders Trio), who play together as New York-based trio the Ghost, use the flame of free music to torch different oppressors on their latest tape, The Hole (Tombed Visions). Their woolly blowing sessions and bracingly coarse textural explorations kick back at a homophobic preacher and a disapproving news commentator (whose voices are sampled in the group’s music), and on “No More Wire Hangers” they re­position the legendary freak-out scene from Mommie Dearest as a rejection of antiabortion restrictions. “Apply Pressure” changes tack, using recordings of a bondage encounter to underline a commonality between sex and free jazz—in neither case do you want to climax too quickly. Norwegian sax-and-drums duo Tigerfish & Lioncats open; the Ghost also play a DIY show on Wednesday, September 21, which you can probably find information about online.

Bill Meyer

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