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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Some fans followed Art Blakey just to hear those seismic press rolls — sticks and snare meeting in a tension-building tsunami. There are a handful of modern improv zealots who feel the same about Tyshawn Sorey’s mallets, brushes, and tom-toms. The drummer’s textural gambits are some of the most provocative sounds in NYC clubs these days — especially when he’s waxing seductive and mysterious, as he is on the new Alloy. Informed by Stockhausen’s steely piano pieces as much as they are the wily maneuvers of Andrew Hill and Bill Evans, Sorey’s latest works owe a lot to stealth. Eerie, unsettling, resolute — he has his team of pianist Cory Smythe and bassist Chris Tordini double down on incorporating silence, creating something truly ravishing. Tonight he plays the new pieces at Roulette, the music space that commissioned them.

Wed., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., 2014

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Chris Speed Trio

The saxophonist/clarinetist launches a six-day residence at John Zorn’s no-frills bunker with two evenings celebrating the release of Really OK by his excellent trio with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Dave King (Happy Apple, the Bad Plus). Promising nights ahead include Human Feel with special guest Mary Halvorson on Thursday and the Clarinets on Friday, with Oscar Noriega and Anthony Burr joining Speed on their respective licorice sticks.

Tue., March 11, 8 & 10 p.m., 2014

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Chris Speed

The rapport between the intrepid Brooklyn tenor player and Bad Plus drummer Dave King was a thing of beauty at the recent Sound It Out festival. That duet dynamic turns into a trio attack with the arrival of bassist Chris Tordini, but expect the same poetic approach to squall and some truly badass rhythmic finesse as the action spills forward.

Thu., Aug. 1, 8:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 2, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 3, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2013