Wolter Wierbos, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, and Michael Zerang; Wolter Weirbos Agenda Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., April 8, 10 p.m. 2012

Few jazz musicians convey the delight of pure improvisation better than Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos. He's played written-out tunes in plenty of projects—the Instant Composers Pool Orchestra, Available Jelly, several of Gerry Hemingway's bands—but he's often at his best without a music stand in front of him. His most recent release, 2009's Deining (DolFijn), captures him in spontaneous flight, performing duets with Amsterdam colleagues (bassist Wilbert de Joode, reedist Ab Baars, drummer Han Bennink, violist Mary Oliver, and guitarist Frank Douglas) on his houseboat on the Amstel River. The collection includes two readings of the Misha Mengelberg tune "Peer's Counting Song" and a stroll through Douglas's lyrical "Ma," but otherwise everyone's playing—which ranges from full-bodied postbop bluster to texture-oriented explorations—is totally improvised. As anyone who's seen Wierbos perform knows, he puts his all into every gig, no matter what the context. Tonight he'll perform solo for the first set and then be joined for a second set by three locals: pianist Jim Baker, bassist Kent Kessler, and drummer Michael Zerang. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10 suggested donation

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