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Trio Braam de Joode Vatcher With Fred Anderson Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., June 19, 9:30 p.m. 2009

Pianist Michiel Braam, bassist Wilbert de Joode, and drummer Michael Vatcher not only play as TRIO BRAAM DE JOODE VATCHER but also as the core of Braam’s radically democratic big band, Bik Bent Braam, which has forged a combustible chemistry in its 23 years together. The last time the three of them came to town, it was as part of a wild gamble: their plan was to assemble a version of Bik Bent Braam with local players and try to re-create that chemistry in just two days. Braam must like shaking things up, because for Trio Braam de Joode Vatcher’s 20th-anniversary tour he’s adding a wild card: for a handful of dates the group will be joined by a fourth player, but never the same one twice. Braam writes splendidly varied tunes for the group—their most recent record, Change This Song (BBB), veers from sprightly Herbie Nichols swing to pensive, molasses-slow balladry—and because any musician can redirect a song at any time, every performance has a thrilling bit of entropy around its edges. For the second of Trio Braam de Joode Vatcher’s two Chicago gigs, they’ll be joined by local tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson. Despite his humble demeanor, Anderson tends to work from his own book and do things his own way; just how his long, bluesy lines will mesh with the trio’s jump-cut approach is anyone’s guess. —Bill Meyer

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