Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Jon Rune Strom, and Tollef Ostvang | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Jon Rune Strom, and Tollef Ostvang 

When: Mon., June 20, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10 suggested donation
Saxophonist Peter Brötzmann’s Chicago Octet began in 1997 (soon thereafter becoming a tentet), and though it wasn’t the first cross-continental working group to feature Chicago musicians, it was one of the most durable, ending its run only in 2012. The Brötzmann project was ultimately orchestrated by Ken Vandermark, who’s since led quite a few impressive ventures with European musicians and Chicagoans, but there have also been plenty others in his wake. This nimble quartet brings over Norwegian bassist Jon Rune Strøm and drummer Tollef Østvang as its rhythm section, and features Chicago cornetist Josh Berman and reedist Keefe Jackson as an agile, tart front line. With this gig the group is finally celebrating the release of last year’s Southern Sun (Stone Floor), a collection of original tunes by each member of the quartet. The album’s eight pieces stick with relatively direct themes, like Berman’s Ornette-ish “Blues” and Jackson’s jagged, then loping “Symbol Reform,” but while they’re all pithy, they ultimately exist to facilitate tightrope improvisation and strong rapport—within the simple structures the cast swings, murmurs, and screams.
— Peter Margasak



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