A rare visit from Berlin! The “Speak Low” trio of songbird Lucia Cadotsch, saxophonist Otis Sandsjö & bassist Petter Eldh – a group that reanimates jazz standards like no one else – performs a special early-evening set for Sound It Out. Lucia, Otis & Petter will play at 6:30pm, with pianist Elias Stemeseder sitting in for a couple of tunes. Then Elias will join Jagged Sphere – with saxophonist Anna Webber & drummer Devin Gray – to play the second set of this double-bill, at 8:00pm.
Charismatic singer and multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand pursues various muses – from trad-jazz and rockabilly to free improv and modernist composition – but she has a magic touch no matter what she turns her hand to. For Sound It Out, Aurora teams with dancer-choreographer Shannon Stewart and a trio of bold New Orleans musicians to present a very special evening, including both improvisations by the redrawblak trio and compositions from Aurora’s project The Monocle.
Founded in 1963, the Brooklyn-based ESP-Disk label was an important outlet for avant-garde jazz from start, with Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, Paul Bley, Ran Blake, Sun Ra, Steve Lacy and the New York Art Quartet all making key early LPs for the imprint, among many others. Sound It Out presents a special 55th anniversary concert for ESP-Disk, starring a multi-act lineup of current artists associated with the label.
Drummer extraordinaire Jim Black has long been a prime mover and shaker on the progressive music scene, his mixing of rock drama with jazz chops a key influence on a subsequent generation or two of drummers. He has always been just as compelling for audiences, with JazzTimes saying: “In person, he is fun to watch because he is theatrical in his movements, a ballet dancer. On record, the drama and diversity of his percussion content still comes through.” One of the drummer-composer’s most compelling outlets in recent years has been the poetic Jim Black Trio featuring pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan.
The Paris Review has described Brandon Ross as “a one-man atmosphere factory, availing himself of all the sounds — cries, squeaks, cracks, fuzz, whispers, organ-like echoes — that an electric guitar, in the hands of a master, can produce.” The guitarist returns to the Sound It Out series with his latest ensemble, Immortal Obsolescence, which features Takeishi, drummer JT Lewis and the great Graham Haynes on cornet and electronics.