DATE: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
TIME: 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $20 ($15 for students & seniors)
Drummer extraordinaire Jim Black has long been a prime mover and shaker on the progressive music scene, his mixing of rock style 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 Jim Black Trio featuring pianist Elias Stemeseder and bassist Thomas Morgan. Since 2012, the trio’s three Intakt albums – Somatic, Actuality and The Constant – have set a poetic new standard for the modernist piano trio. JazzTimes, again: “Bill Evans is most often credited with liberating the bassist and drummer within the piano-trio format. But Black’s ensemble takes it all the way, to a tripartite endeavor among equals.”
Dig this NPR piece on The Constant: https://www.npr.org/2016/09/15/494092630/jim-blacks-trio-comes-into-its-own-with-a-lovely-constant-album