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Kris Davis

One of New York’s most inventive ensemble players, the pianist can be startling in an array of contexts. That means there should be numerous surprises at this six-night residency, a stretch of gigs that finds Davis trading ideas with a cohort of intrepid associates who are terrifically eloquent with abstraction. From Tom Rainey’s Obbligato outfit’s inside-out standards to Davis’ Capricorn Climber quintet with Mat Maneri’s viola generating a chamber feel, to her Death Rattle trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, it’s likely aggression will be poised and subtleties well honed. And if the recent Massive Threads is any indication, her solo piano night might be the most enticing gig of all.

June 24-29, 8 & 10 p.m., 2014

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Kris Davis

Whether it’s calm or agitation they’re generating, the quartet of pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and drummer Tom Rainey have an idiosyncratic way of sharing their nuanced expressionism. The freely improvised pieces on their new album for the Skirl label is one of the year’s most persuasive jazz outings—each of the six tracks are tethered to the next with an alignment of ideas and a juxtaposition of temperaments that recalls the kind of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t articulation of mentors such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Sat., Oct. 26, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2013

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Tom Rainey Trio

The first half of the Stone’s March calendar is dedicated to the Swiss Intakt label, and if there’s a through-line binding these artists, it’s a respect for aggressive abstraction. Drummer Rainey, meanwhile, has always had an idiosyncratic approach: His clatter has grace, his kinetics boast momentum. The new Camino Cielo Echo finds him in cahoots with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock, and their collective splash offers a variety of dramatic moves. Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer shares the evening’s bill.

Sat., March 10, 10 p.m., 2012

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OUTTA SIGHT

Each summer, while celebrating the rich ranks of local leftie improvisers, the Vision Festival also drops hosannas on an esteemed veteran. This year is Peter Brotzmann’s turn in the spotlight, and the wildly eruptive art that still defines the 70-year-old saxophonist’s approach certainly illustrates his allegiance to full-throttle blowing. From Evan Parker and Joe McPhee to Ken Vandermark and Ingrid Laubrock, an array of his contemporaries and followers are in tow, which not only makes this week’s swirl of dance, discussion, poetry, film and sonic abstraction a decidedly multi-generational affair, but the fest’s most irresistible program in years.

June 5-11, 2011

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Tom Rainey Trio

There’s poetry in the array of abstractions comprising Pool School, the first disc as a leader by the ubiquitous and idiosyncratic drummer. Whether it’s chatter and pummel, or murmur and plink, Ingrid Laubrock’s saxophone and Mary Halvorson’s guitar connect with their mate’s percussion to form several cagey miniatures. Sometimes texture overtakes kinetics; sometimes specifics start to sound arbitrary. That’s how it goes with ever-shifting forms, especially those performed with this much attention to detail.

Thu., Dec. 30, 8:30 p.m., 2010