Hans Koch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Brian Labycz, and Marc Riordan; Jason Stein, David Stackenas, and Josh Abrams; Liudas Mockunas, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, and Steve Hunt | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Hans Koch, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Brian Labycz, and Marc Riordan; Jason Stein, David Stackenas, and Josh Abrams; Liudas Mockunas, Jim Baker, Brian Sandstrom, and Steve Hunt 

When: Thu., Nov. 5, 6 p.m. 2009
Although barely known here, Lithuanian saxophonist Liudas Mockunas has been turning heads in Europe for some time. His malleable, astringent tone works in all sorts of contexts, and he seems to find the perfect approach in each of them. Earlier this year he knocked me out at a concert in Sweden with guitarist Anders Lindsjo and laptopper Jakob Riis, where hard listening was key to the subtle, back-and-forth interaction. In a meeting with Swedish firebreather Mats Gustafsson on The Vilnius Explosion (No Business, 2008) his caustically marbled bleats and cries were the yin to his partner's blowout yang. More recently on Silent Vociferation (No Business) he engages in visceral dialogues with French guitarist Marc Ducret, no less sophisticated for their ferocity. In his Chicago debut he improvises with pianist Jim Baker, bassist Brian Sandstrom, and drummer Steve Hunt. --Peter Margasak

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