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When: Sun., Dec. 9, 10 p.m. 2012
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Pianist Paul Giallorenzo has a new cast of collaborators on the recent Emergent (Leo), the second album from his terrific quintet Gitgo: bassist Anton Hatwich remains from the original lineup (which was called Get In to Go Out), but saxophonist Mars Williams, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and drummer Marc Riordan have replaced Dave Rempis, Josh Berman, and Frank Rosaly. Giallorenzo's pithy compositions remain one of Gitgo's best features: his writing has expanded beyond the sly, catchy melodies of the band's debut, which are rooted in the bebop of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols, and he's making increasing use of ruminative shapes and tempos, with an excellent sense of scale and proportion. The new lineup has also changed the complexion of the music, particularly on "Slowed Roll," where Williams (on soprano) plays singsong lines in unison with Bishop, making the previously covert influence of Steve Lacy explicit. Together Williams and Bishop remind me of Lacy's partnerships with Roswell Rudd and George Lewis, in which they sometimes interpreted Nichols's music. Riordan plays with a more straight-ahead rhythmic thrust than Rosaly, which meshes with Giallorenzo's stabbing vamps and angular comping to create a mainstream postbop feel that balances the acidic, extroverted sallies of the front line and gives the buoyant inside-out tunes a compelling yin-yang tension. —Peter Margasak



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