Anthony Pirog Trio; Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Giallorenzo, Michael Hartman, and Theo Katsounis; Shedding | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Anthony Pirog

Anthony Pirog

Shervin Lainez

Anthony Pirog Trio; Fred Lonberg-Holm, Paul Giallorenzo, Michael Hartman, and Theo Katsounis; Shedding Recommended Soundboard All Ages

When: Fri., July 31, 9 p.m. 2015
Price: $10 suggested donation
Prolific Washington, D.C., guitarist Anthony Pirog had a breakout moment last year with the release of Palo Colorado Dream (Cuneiform), a bruising yet lyric trio session cut with bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Ches Smith. But he’d been honing his sound for years in various contexts, among them Janel & Anthony, his duo with cellist Janel Leppin. The dreamy twosome found a sweet spot between jazz and progressive rock on their hypnotic 2012 album Where Is Home (also on Cuneiform), which serves up a sumptuous instrumental blend of color-rich tones, ruminative melodies, and judiciously deployed loops (Pirog has a collection of effects pedals totaling five dozen). That duo’s music is steeped in beauty even when certain textures veer on dissonance; in the trio with Formanek and Smith, Pirog’s more forceful, improvisational side is on display. Palo Colorado Dream variously evokes the sound of Bill Frisell, Sonny Sharrock, Nels Cline, John McLaughlin, and Alan Holdsworth, yet rather than coming off as imitative pastiche, the tracks are constructed to show the trio’s own range. It helps that Pirog’s working with a powerful rhythm section capable of lending sinew to a song’s most ethereal moments as well as a juddering energy to outward-bound sallies. The delicate, mostly acoustic ballad “I’m Not Coming Home” brings beauty back into the picture, while the brief “Threshold” features violently fractured explosions of noise and texture. In his Chicago debut the guitarist will perform with Philadelphia bassist Matt Engle and D.C. drummer Ian McColm. —Peter Margasak

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