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Jaga Jazzist, Ken Camden, Abstract Science DJs 

When: Wed., June 29, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $14
Veteran Norwegian group Jaga Jazzist is up-front about its stylistic debt to Tortoise, but when I first listened to 2010's One-Armed Bandit (Ninja Tune), that debt was practically all I could hear. The record was mixed in Chicago by John McEntire, and some of its elaborate R&B-spiked jams seemed to use songs from Tortoise's Standards as literal blueprints. Since then, though, I've learned to appreciate Jaga Jazzist's rigorous, meticulously arranged tunes on their own terms—something that's pretty easy to do, given how much there is to drink in. Their dense sound builds on a hybrid of 70s jazz-rock fusion and prog, adding touches of everything from electronica to funk to Steve Reich-style minimalism, and the performances bustle with peripatetic counterpoint, adventurous harmonic movement, and shifting tone colors. Jaga Jazzist will be a nine-piece on this tour. —Peter Margasak 18+

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