Saxophonist Stephen Gauci has begun to document some of the weekly concerts he curates at the Bushwick Public House in Brooklyn, New York. Although brief, this session of a single, 29-minute track packs a satisfying punch to the solar plexus. Led by guitarist Chris Welcome (of the Lisa Mezzacappa Trio, David McDonnell Group and Weasel Walter), this octet frames a dose of free jazz as both unconstrained and choreographedif by "choreographed" we mean the players are generously simpatico.
After the opening bell, the performance draws momentum and intensity through a focused delivery of probing and exploratory ideas. The music sounds as if each player is pooling resources and charging batteries for the eventual solos. Then they come: Branch scores from downtown before horns combine and Weinberg's trombone is exercised over a percussion display and spooky guitar effects. Everyone gets a turn to raise the pillars and posts of this building. But even when things get noisy, there is a coherence to the music, even as it gets weird.
Jaimie Branch: trumpet; Kirk Knuffke: Bb cornet, Eb cornet; Anthony Ware: alto saxophone; Sam Weinberg: tenor
saxophone; Ben Gerstein; trombone, percussion; Chris Welcome: guitar, percussion; Shayna Dulberger: bass;
Mike Pride: drums, percussion.
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