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Chris Dingman Quintet

The vibraphone has a built-in ethereality, but Dingman’s approach to the instrument lets dreaminess have its say while still setting aside some room for percussive oomph. Better, he writes his way in and out of shifting scenarios that account for gauzy excursions and hammer-down romps. This band, with Loren Stillman’s alto out front, can captivate.

Sat., Aug. 4, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2012

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Russ Lossing

There’s a circle of local improvisers who are mastering all things mercurial, and the pianist’s fluid approach to melodies and their extrapolations is a great example. The new Personal Tonal may be his most fetching record yet, with Loren Stillman’s alto cascading through themes that lilt as a matter of course. The Hebert/McPherson rhythm section makes everything pliable, but it’s Lossing’s guiding touch that brings grace to the foreground, especially during a Pig Latin spin on Mozart.

Fri., Aug. 20, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2010

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Tyshawn Sorey

This three-night stand lets the uproarious drummer pay attention to his composer persona. He’s a thoughtful experimentalist who’s smitten with every aspect of sound, and each night is dedicated to a different line-up playing discrete material. His Koan ensemble made the pointedly hushed CD last year; it wafted a series of smoke signal queries from a guitar trio. A trombone and second bass is added this week. A quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum has roots in last year’s AACM shows, and quintet with saxophonist Loren Stillman brokers “chamber ensemble” material from a deep songbook. Whether it’s thick with action or sparsely drawn, Sorey’s music teems with provocative moves.

Aug. 10-12, 8:30 p.m., 2010

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The Noah Preminger Group

Recently, the young tenor saxophonist careened around Ornette’s world, milked the blues from “Toy Dance,” and brought a powerful presence to the bandstand. From now on, his hash tag is #goingplaces. Putting together a hip band is another Preminger skill: For this affair, he positions the equally impressive Loren Stillman at his shoulder and an itchy rhythm section behind him. Get ready for some reed roulette.

Thu., July 1, 9 p.m., 2010

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Ralph Alessi & Modular Theatre

A bit of verse, lots of nimble extrapolation, written elements that conjure everything from Ra to rumba—the trumpeter has myriad approaches on his new record, and a mix of èlan and energy brings some singularity to the table. The poetry can seem secondary; it’s the deep rapport of the foursome that keeps heads spinning. This stage version of the band boasts Loren Stillman up front with Alessi, and something tells me they’ll be passing the ball around real quick.

Fri., June 5, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2009

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John Herbert Group

hat happens when poise meets pluck? From his eloquence with Andrew Hill to his energy with Mary Halvorson, this bassist has proven himself as left-leaning mainstreamer who works a poetic lingo while still keeping things engaged. His Hat Hut duets with pianist Russ Lossing are good example of rumination with results. Lossing’s part of this squad, a foursome of dudes who deserve to have their individual praises sung. Watch how much saxophonist Loren Stillman finds ways to tunnel through the action.

Fri., May 29, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2009