Guus Janssen, Anton Hatwich, and Wim Janssen; Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, and Wilbert de Joode; Martin Brandlmayr | Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Guus Janssen, Anton Hatwich, and Wim Janssen; Frank Gratkowski, Achim Kaufmann, and Wilbert de Joode; Martin Brandlmayr 

When: Thu., Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m. 2009
Vienna's Martin Brandlmayr is one of the most distinctive-sounding drummers on the planet. His space-spreading, stutter-step minimalism holds together, in an abstracted fashion, the twitchy noise of the trio Radian, whose new Chimeric (Thrill Jockey) sounds like a riposte to the first This Heat album. But his recent work in the group Polwechsel emphasizes his pure sound-making skills. I don't think of him as a true improviser, but I'm sure spontaneity will play a part in this rare solo performance. --Peter Margasak

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