Vlatkovich Tryyo Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 5, 10 p.m. 2012

Trombonist Michael Vlatkovich has been active in the Los Angeles jazz and improvised-­music scene for decades, collaborating regularly with the likes of reedist Vinny Golia and trumpeter Rob Blakeslee but more often leading his own rugged ensembles. He brings a relatively new group to Chicago this weekend, with electric cellist Jonathan Golove (a longtime LA cohort now based in Buffalo) and Chicago drummer Damon Short (who almost always plays with Vlatkovich on Chicago visits). The Vlatkovich Tryyo recently released Pershing Woman (pfMentum), a live recording cut in Grand Rapids in October 2010 whose cohesion proves the intuitive rapport these players share. Vlatkovich wrote the garrulous postbop tunes, but everyone contributes to their spontaneous transformations: Golove usually states the themes in unison with the trombonist, then moves between bass lines and counterpoint, while Short seamlessly combines pulse, structural gestures, and brash accents. —Peter Margasak

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