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Survival Unit III 

When: Fri., July 26, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
The late-90s renaissance of Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, who’d begun his career in the mid-60s, arguably has its roots in Chicago—reedist Ken Vandermark, a big McPhee fan, first worked with him in early 1996, then documented that encounter on A Meeting in Chicago later in the year. Almost at once, McPhee was celebrated as a long-overlooked master of free jazz and improvisation, and within a couple years Peter Brötzmann invited him into his Chicago Tentet, whose lineup also included cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang. Recognizing their shared affinities, McPhee has worked with those two in many contexts since then—in 2011 he and Zerang released the duo album Creole Gardens (A New Orleans Suite)—and one of their longest-running projects is Survival Unit III, which evolved from a trio they formed in 2004. Synchronicity, the group’s most recent release, was recorded live at the Hideout in 2007 and came out in 2011 on Chicago label Harmonic Convergence; Lonberg-Holm slathers the sound of his cello in electronic effects to provide a strident center for its viscous, thrillingly abrasive torrent of noise. McPhee, playing alto saxophone and alto clarinet, alternates between almost tender, lyrical sallies and blown-out cries that are just as striated as Lonberg-Holm’s contributions; Zerang sometimes prods the front line and sometimes helps the ruckus go down smooth by adding a rolling groove. This is the trio’s first local show in two years. —Peter Margasak

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