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Ben Monder & Theo Bleckmann

Harmonically kaleidoscopic guitarist Ben Monder and vocal experimentalist Theo Bleckmann have been recording together since 1997, but it all falls into place on Monder’s beautiful and oceanic new Hydra, a prog rock-tinged jewel of an album that often suggests what Brian Wilson might have heard in his deepest sandbox reveries. They perform as a duo here.

Wed., Oct. 23, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2013

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Noah Preminger

The young tenor titan gigged a lot before hitting the studio to cut the new Haymaker, and that preparation shows: There’s an easy balance between Preminger’s horn and guitarist Ben Monder’s unusually fluid attack strategies, and it gives everything else extra poise and additional punch. On stage, they always lean forward.

May 21-22, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2013

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‘A Tribute to Paul Motian’

It may have taken a while to assemble a worthy tribute to the high-gliding drummer who passed away in November 2011, but this is as august an aggregation of jazz greats as you’re likely to see for some time. Motian bandmates Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano host Joey Baron, Tim Berne, Ravi Coltrane, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Larry Grenadier, Petra Haden, Jerome Harris, Billy Hart, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Mark Turner, Masabumi Kikuchi, Tony Malaby, Bill McHenry, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, Gary Peacock, Ed Schuller, Matt Wilson, and many others in diverse combinations.

Fri., March 22, 7 p.m., 2013

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Noah Preminger

The tenor saxophonist has devised a way to make well contoured lines reveal their brusque underbelly. On a good night his romantic side is in full lockstep with his adventurous side. Guitarist Ben Monder has been his foil of choice for the last several months. Their like-minded approach of balancing abstract forays with overt melody makes for a mighty punch.

Wed., July 25, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m., 2012

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Jerome Sabbagh Trio

The prickly nature of some pieces is actually an attraction on Sabbagh’s recent I Will Follow You. With guitar player Ben Monder rendering gnarled soundscapes and the flutters of Sabbagh’s sax taking on a darting aggression, the cumulative impact is rambunctious. And slippery: These free-form ditties are always changing, so the evening’s drummer, Paul Motian, should feel right at home.

Wed., May 25, 8:30 p.m., 2011

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‘Gowanus Jazz Fest: Bleckman & Monder+Michael Formanek Quartet’

The second installment of this three-Saturday micro-fest features two ensembles fascinated with mood. Theo Bleckman has been singing with guitarist Ben Monder for almost 15 years. Their nuanced collaboration is rich in dynamics, waxing ethereal even when acting antsy. Bassist Formanek is riding a strong ECM disc that finds ways for post-bop to snuggle up to prog-prov while making dissonance sound sweet.

Sat., May 14, 8:30 p.m., 2011

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Tony Malaby’s Paloma Recio

The flutter that the tenor saxophonist puts into his lines helps set a signature tone—even his thickest squalls have an attractive èlan to them. That oddity comes to full fruition on this band’s new disc, where guitarist Ben Monder finds ways to parallel Malaby’s mindset while still building tension as a creative foil. Their work together is all about searching and sharing. Extra props for the poetic flourishes the rhythm section brings to the table.

Fri., May 15, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., May 16, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2009