Sweet Talk | Bar DeVille | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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On its debut album, Glitter Bomb (due April 30 from Prom Night Records), this young New York trio balances churning intensity with clear-eyed lyricism. Drummer Devin Drobka (a sideman for postbop saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi) alternates between floor-rumbling chaos and stutter-step grooves, slicing up time the way a Benihana chef goes to work on a cutlet; he can also tighten or loosen the tension in the music, or add and substract weight. Guitarist Dustin Carlson usually follows the changes with woozy arpeggios, gnarled single-note runs, or thick clusters of abstract sound, his unspooling gestures rarely repeating themselves. Trumpeter Jake Henry, the group’s leader and primary melodic voice, butts sweet-toned melodies up against strident, unpitched squalls a la Axel Dörner. During the epic “Wonderous,” Henry keeps cutting himself off midnote so sharply it’s as though someone unplugged his mike, then picking right back up like it got plugged back in—it’s surprises like this that keep Sweet Talk’s renditions of its tuneful compositions from ever feeling predictable. —Peter Margasak



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