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Matt Ulery’s Pollinator, Matt Ulery’s Loom 

When: Fri., Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m. 2017
Price: $10
In the past I’ve written of the restless creativity possessed by bassist, bandleader, and composer Matt Ulery, a musician who’s convincingly moved between modern jazz, moody through-composed tunes, and eastern-European folk modes. Over the last couple of years he’s developed an interest in the tuba, achieving enough fluency on the instrument to serve as a reliable armature in his own elegant compositions. On last year’s impressive Festival (Woolgathering) he played tuba with his long-running band Loom, adding to his arrangements a warm rusticity, particularly in combination with the pump organ lines of Rob Clearfield. Tonight Ulery will lead Loom as well as a newish combo called Pollinator, in which his tuba is front and center. The music I’ve heard by the brass-heavy band with trumpeter James Davis, trombonist Steve Duncan, and saxophonist Hunter Diamond veers decidedly toward a driving strain of modern jazz imbued with the timbre of early west-coast jazz, as heard on a classic like Miles Davis’s Birth of the Cool. The lineup also includes pianist Paul Bedal and drummer Quin Kirchner.
— Peter Margasak

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