Merciless Ghost | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Aug. 2, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $8 suggested donation

Curlew, founded by alto and tenor saxophonist George Cartwright and late cellist Tom Cora in 1979, merged outward-bound jazz, rock, and funk, in the process helping to define the raucous downtown New York sound associated with venues such as Studio Henry and the Knitting Factory. But Cartwright is no more likely to stay in a particular genre than he is to get tied down to a single place—born and raised in Mississippi, he spent most of the 90s in Memphis, and he's been in Minneapolis since 1999, making solo records for the composer-oriented Innova label and participating in that city's long-lived free-improv scene. Those two streams converge in the trio Merciless Ghost, which also includes drummer Davu Seru (a comrade of multi-instrumentalists Milo Fine and Paul Metzger who lived here around the turn of the century) and bassist Josh Granowski (who's new to me). Cartwright's tunes are more open-ended than his material for Curlew, but likewise imbued with rich bluesiness; the group uses them as platforms for egalitarian improvisational adventures, in which drones and bold bass lines are as likely to define the shape and direction of a piece as the saxophone is and the drums are as likely to spin the music into spiraling eddies as to move it along. —Bill Meyer Dave Rempis & Frank Rosaly open.



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