When: Thu., Jan. 5, 9 p.m. 2017
Chicago-bred, Los Angeles-based guitarist Gregory Uhlmann finds common cause with the local rhythm section of bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Matt Carroll as Typical Sisters, a lithe jazz trio who quietly dropped their impressive eponymous debut album in 2016 on the Ears & Eyes label. Uhlmann’s tone evokes an admixture of Bill Frisell and John Scofield as loping grooves coolly collide low-key funk with flashes of rustic Americana. The trio came together in 2009, and playing in fits and starts since then, they’ve developed a rapport that parlays a modern jazz ethos as inviting and warm as any improvised music I experienced last year. Sommers and Carroll provide a deceptively simple foundation for Uhlmann, sculpting loose, airy rhythms that are at once crystal clear and marvelously elastic. Geography prevents Typical Sisters from playing live very often, but the holidays have brought them to our doorstep for this early 2017 gig.