Tag: ShapeShifter Lab

  • Uri Caine

    Yes, he’s made his name on elaborate projects that refract classical composers, but if you haven’t caught the pianist in a good old trio setting, you’re not getting the entire picture. Records like Siren and Blue Wail explain the verve Caine’s jazz squads bring to the table, and this three-night stretch will show us how […]

  • John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet + 1

    The percussionst/composer’s sextet can seem like two or three different bands during the course of a set: They’re enamored of precision, and make their sharp turns and signature rhythmic shits with perfection, but they also crack open their tunes, giving interplay as much room as needed to detonate a series of explosions. On this two-nighter […]

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa & Jean-Michel Pilc

    While the saxophonist is enjoying a recent wave of much deserved acclaim, the pianist plays with a virtuosity that has long deserved more recognition. Each has little problem fulfilling the duties of an agent provocateur. This first-time encounter under the Search and Restore auspices titillates with the possibility of greatness. Mon., June 25, 8:30 p.m., […]

  • Son of Goldfinger

    Love the rapport between guitarist David Torn and saxophonist Tim Berne: If one is waxing ethereal, the other is wrecking like a twister. (Roles are kind moot in this group, which also boasts Ches Smith on drums.) Free forays with textural mandates seem the natural stomping ground, and their choice of dynamic shifts can be […]

  • Snarky Puppy

    In December, fans of this less-snarky-than-spunky large jazz ensemble flew in to Matthew Garrison’s Gowanus studio to attend recording sessions for new album. Tonight, the band returns to the scene of the crime—the crime being that this Brooklyn-via-Texas instrumental group is criminally unknown, of course—for what should by an exultant throwdown of smart danceability. Tue., […]