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White Rocket, Marc Riordan & Brian Labycz 

When: Sat., Feb. 14, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: $5 suggested donation
In 2005 young New York trumpeter (and former Chicagoan) Jacob Wick hit it off with a couple of Irish musicians he met at the prestigious Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music in Canada. He kept in touch with pianist Greg Felton and drummer Sean Carpio, and since then they’ve formed the transatlantic trio White Rocket, whose self-titled debut was just released stateside on Diatribe. The album’s bracing, wide-open postbop makes it clear why they’ve been willing to deal with the hassles of a long-distance band: its nine pieces, all originals, cover plenty of ground, from Wick’s “Recent Events,” whose episodic rises and falls in tempo, volume, and density make it feel almost like a radio news roundup, to Felton’s wonderfully lyrical ballad “Lonely Toad,” where Wick remains respectful of the melody, never disrupting its subdued tone, even as he mutates it constantly throughout the tune’s five minutes. Felton and Carpio are a vivacious but precisely controlled rhythm section, and Wick—who on his previous Chicago visit focused on radical extended technique—uses this relatively straight-ahead band to show off another facet of his impressive musical personality. Brian Labycz & Marc Riordan open. a 10 PM, Heaven Gallery, 1550 N. Milwaukee, second floor, heavengallery.com, $5 suggested donation. A —Peter Margasak

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