Sunday, January 18
Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly @ The Hungry Brain (Chicago)
With a melody-filled free-jazz oeuvre, drummer Mike Reed gathers a host of exceptional local jazz performers for his Loose Assembly, including saxophonist Greg Ward, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, cellist Tomeka Reid and bassist Josh Abrams.
The group’s September release on 482 Music, The Speed of Change, is a deft journey through beauty, ambience, minimalism, clashing instrumentation and avant-classicalism, and many types of jazz and experimental fans would be wise to check it out. Abrams pulls double duty this evening, performing the opening set in an improvisational trio with pianist Jim Baker and drummer Tatsuya Nakatani.