Tenor saxophonist Brent Bagwell and drummer Seth Nanaa, aka Ghost Trees
, were once two-thirds of the Eastern Seaboard, a free-jazz trio they cofounded in New York in 2000. But Bagwell and Nanaa, like so many other folks these days, have pulled up stakes and downsized; they’re now based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and play as a duo. Their music has undergone a similar process of reduction. On their sole release to date, a six-track, untitled ten-inch
, Bagwell interrupts his gruff peregrinations with passages of near silence and elaborate thematic elaborations, and Nanaa never seems inclined to pressure him to pick up the pace. But on some yet-to-be-released material recorded earlier this year, they boil those same elements down into lean, melodic reveries and pithy outbursts as pungent as vintage Archie Shepp. —Bill Meyer A local quartet of Daniel Fandiño, Jeff Kimmel, Graham Stephenson, and Marc Riordan headlines.