Nir Felder | SPACE | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Sun., Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $12-$22
Over the last half decade or so, the ubiquity of guitarist Nir Felder as a sideman in bands led by some of New York’s most diverse and distinctive jazz musicians has said plenty about his range and simpatico collaborative skills. Among the folks he’s worked under in recent years are Greg Osby, Eric Harland, Jose James, Rudy Royston, Esperanza Spalding, and Jack DeJohnette. But he’s also played with artists who largely ignore genre lines, whether Meshell Ndgeocello or Lizz Wright, and it’s that aesthetic tendency that characterizes the guitarist’s recent debut album, Golden Age (OKeh/Sony Music), a ten-track collection that moves easily between a thoroughly contemporary jazz-guitar language where expansive harmonic movement is explored (as on the hurtling “Ernest/Protector”) and jazz-rock modes that recall the melodic shapes pioneered by Chicago’s Tortoise (“Bandits”). On much of the album drummer Nate Smith plays like a rocker, dropping heavy backbeats and tight, hard-hitting snare action, and several tracks overlay snippets of political speeches, a technique borrowed from hip-hop rather than bebop. On the more lyric material pianist Aaron Parks jousts with the guitarist, digging deep into the harmonic complexity of Felder’s sleek compositions. For his area debut Felder will be joined by pianist Frank LoCrasto, bassist Noah Garabedian, and drummer Jordan Perlson. —Peter Margasak

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