Reviews that mention Jason Roebke

December 16, 2016

Adasiewicz/Erb/Roebke

More Dreams Less Sleep
Veto Records/Exchange 013

More Dreams Less Sleep is characterized by Veto as a “very limited edition” and there’s evidentially a good reason. A cross-oceanic affiliation between Swiss reedist Christoph Erb and Chicagoans, vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and bassist Jason Roebke, the five tracks are as unvarnished and edged as hand-made furniture. Unlike the equivalent of viewing polished, off-the-rack projects, the musical progress here involves observing how functional themes are hewn from raw materials as all three players contribute in building an apparatus. MORE

October 11, 2016

Artist Feature

Jason Stein
By Ken Waxman

Serendipity plays a large part in many musicians’ careers. And it’s serendipity that has meant that bass clarinetist Jason Stein has recently been performing his own music for large arena audiences. That’s because Stein, 39, is the brother of comedy superstar Amy Schumer and his Locksmith Isidore trio has become her opening act, regularly playing for tens of thousands of Schumer fans. Stein isn’t letting these high-profile gigs take over his life though. This month for instance, the night after he plays at Madison Square Garden (MSG) with Schumer, his Hearts and Minds trio with keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo and drummer Chad Taylor, is at the Greenwich House Music School. MORE

April 27, 2016

Josh Berman Trio

A Dance and a Hop
Delmark DE 5021

Being based in Chicago and having worked at that city’s now closed Jazz Record Mart appears to have given cornetist Josh Berman a particularly cosmopolitan take on brass playing. Working with many open-minded players from the city and elsewhere, including tenor saxophonist Keefe Jackson and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, he’s comfortable with sounds based on Bop, pre-modern and purely improvised music.

Having demonstrated on earlier CDs, that like a member of a precision sports team he’s high functioning in a group situation, Berman sets himself a much tougher goal on A Dance and a Hop. Backed only by the shaded pulsing from Frank Rosaly’s drum kit and the husky sonority of Jason Roebke’s bass, like the commander of an advance squad in a battle, Berman has to surmount uncharted sonic territory with what seem to be limited resources. That he – and the other trio members – do so well is recognition that in the right hands the pared-down diet of singular brass, string and percussion structures can be as musically nourishing as the equivalent of a musical multi-course meal. MORE

March 22, 2016

Harris Eisenstadt

Old Growth Forest
Clean Feed CF 359 CD

By Ken Waxman

Away from his patriotically named Canada Day band, Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based drummer Harris Eisenstadt convenes a quartet to sturdily deal with his compositions named for a Canadian national resource: trees. Trombonist Jeb Bishop, bassist Jason Roebke and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby are likely conservationists, but all – especially the first two – play with enough lumberjack-like brawniness that it appears they could fell an entire old growth forest with slide or bow motions. Recorded the day after a concert, the four are fused like wood glue, with Roebke’s string chops setting the pace, Eisenstadt’s multi-directional rattles used like logger’s protective gear, nudging the others along the right path without injury, and Bishop’s and Malaby’s contrapuntal sound distribution as balanced as two workers must be on either side of a chainsaw. MORE

May 4, 2014

Adasiewicz/Erb/Roebke

Yuria’s Dream
Veto-records/exchange 009

Wheelhouse

Boss of the Plains

Aerophonic AR-002

Chamber music with a difference, these two improvising trios use their unusual instrumentation to its best advantage, by fixing on the contrasting textures that result when vibraphone resonation superlatively blends with reed expansion. What’s more the entire percussion function is left to the bassist. Tellingly, although recorded more than three years apart, both share a similar Chicago orientation,

Most obvious link between Boss of the Plains and Yuria’s Dream is the presence of vibist Jason Adasiewicz on both discs. Recorded in 2010, following bassist Nate McBride’s relocation to the Windy City from Boston, the first CD’s nine tracks are mostly built around specific but contradictory timbral examinations. The third Wheelhouse member is local alto and baritone saxophonists Dave Rempis. With its focal point a single improvisation, Yuria’s Dream is limited to one track, which ebbs and flows with the contributions from Adasiewicz, Chicago-based bassist Jason Roebke and Lucerne Switzerland native tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Christoph Erb. Recorded in 2013 this more-than 43-minute reverie is one of the many results of Erb’s four-month stay in Chicago in 2011, where musical relationships ripened into permanent Euro-American bands. MORE

February 1, 2014

Jason Roebke & Tobias Delius

Panoramic
NotTwo MW 881-2

Dominic Lash-Ricardo Tejero

Southville, Summer.

Clamshell CR 11

Balancing the timbres of a reed instrument with only a double bass’s four strings can be a sticky proposition – especially if the result is an all-improvised program. That hasn’t stopped many excellent musicians from attempting the feat though, including the multi-country duos featured here. During a series of instant compositions, the Panoramic duo sticks a little closer to more common Jazz motifs, while the Southville two are more involved with pure experimentation. Overall though, the latter create a more affecting program. MORE

December 19, 2013

Frank Rosaly

Cicada Music
Delmark DL 5006

Nate Wooley Sextet

(Sit In) The Throne of Friendship

Clean Feed CF 280 CD

Transferring personal compositional notions to an ensemble can be challenging, depending on the size and makeup of the group. Both the vibraphone-centred sessions here – led respectively by Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly and New York trumpeter Nate Wooley – avoid the obvious drawbacks by entrusting the interpretations to long-time associates. However the drummer hedges his beats by mixing brief earlier tracks, recorded solo or in quintet formation, with far superior sextet outings from three years later. By maintaining a consistency of vision however, Wooley’s CD comes out on top. Another point of intersection is that while both leaders are identified with the so-called avant-garde, there’s a genuine commitment to showcasing exciting motion in the composition – call it jazz or swing if you wish. MORE

May 8, 2013

Mike Reed’s People Places & Things

Clean on the Corner
482 Music 482-1081

By Ken Waxman

One of Chicago drummer Mike Reed’s many identities is as a passionate booster of his home town’s music – present, past and future. This fourth CD with the People Places & Things combo is a milestone in that regard. He establishes the long-time sophistication of Second City jazz by blending original lines with ‘50s and ‘60s classics by saxophonists John Jenkins and Roscoe Mitchell. The band consists of some of Chicago’s top-rated players: alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman and bassist Jason Roebke; with cornetist Josh Berman and pianist Craig Taborn each added on two different tracks. MORE

March 15, 2013

Mike Reed’s People Places & Things

Clean on the Corner
482 Music 482-1081

Living By Lanterns

New Myth/Old Science

Cuneiform Records Rune 345

Drummer/bandleader Mike Reed has established himself as, among things, a deft interpreter of Chicago’s progressive music history. Nothing like a neo-con however, rather than imitation or emulation he and his People Places & Things create new variations of the city’s rich 1950s and 1960s Jazz heritage. On these exceptional sessions, he, and sidekicks, alto saxophonist Greg Ward – on both discs– and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz – on New Myth/Old Science – have taken the next step: integrated their own compositions with earlier ones. MORE

January 23, 2011

Jeb Bishop Trio

2009
Better Animal Recordings 1

Keefe Jackson Quartet

Seeing You See

Clean Feed CF 176 CD

One of the youngish Americans who have helped create a humanistic approach to trombone playing, Chicago’s Jeb Bishop has been omnipresent in that city’s improvised music scene as well as on gigs elsewhere and in Europe.

These CDs – serendipitously recorded almost exactly a year apart – show why he has been able to work in bands with leaders as different as saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Mike Reed. Bishop’s first disc as leader in a decade, 2009 provides 11 instances of his composing and improvising aided by bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly, who individually or as rhythm team, work as often in the city as Bishop. MORE

January 23, 2011

Keefe Jackson Quartet

Seeing You See
Clean Feed CF 176 CD

Jeb Bishop Trio

2009

Better Animal Recordings 1

One of the youngish Americans who have helped create a humanistic approach to trombone playing, Chicago’s Jeb Bishop has been omnipresent in that city’s improvised music scene as well as on gigs elsewhere and in Europe.

These CDs – serendipitously recorded almost exactly a year apart – show why he has been able to work in bands with leaders as different as saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and drummer Mike Reed. Bishop’s first disc as leader in a decade, 2009 provides 11 instances of his composing and improvising aided by bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly, who individually or as rhythm team, work as often in the city as Bishop. MORE

October 1, 2010

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

Stories and Negotiations
482 Music 482-1070

Peeping Tom

File Under: Bebop

Umlaut [lc-umcd01]

Respect for the Jazz tradition runs in cycles. In the early 1970s when Jazz-Rock Fusion claimed popular attention, it seemed that the only young musicians interested in tradition were so-called avant-gardists such as reedist Anthony Braxton and the Air trio. During the next decade when the musical Reganites appeared, Jazz standards had to be recreated in a certain style and were part of their protected turf. Now that many of the neo-cons have adopted hip-hop moves or concentrate on mainstream styled originals, the tradition has been jettisoned along with fade haircuts. Who is left to keep the tradition going then? Surprise, it’s the experimental musicians again. MORE

May 12, 2010

Jason Adasiewicz’ Rolldown

Varmint
Cuneiform Rune 292

Aram Shelton’s Fast Citizens

Two Cities

Delmark DE 590

Organizing many bands with shifting, but similar, local personnel seems to be a factor uniting the newest generation of Chicago improvisers, with earlier jazz folk from territory towns like Chicago and Detroit. Unlike places such as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto where every player seems to be from somewhere else and may soon be heading elsewhere, Windy City folk have an overriding sense of place – even if they eventually move on. MORE

February 26, 2010

Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore

Three Less Than Between
Clean Feed CF 153 CD

Facet

Conscious Mental Field Recordings

Satelita 002

Olivier Thémines Trio

Miniatures

Yolk Label J2044

Once relegated to sessions that attempt to revive Swing Music or Classic Jazz, members of the clarinet family have moved front-and-centre on the improvised music scene, at least since the early 1990s. This ends the reed hegemony of the saxophone which has been paramount at least since Bebop’s birth around 1939.

As these CDs demonstrate though, the newest generation of woodwind players is versatile enough to use technique and imagination to overcome the instrument(s) supposed soft tone and lack of suppleness when performing difficult music. At the same time, creating with equally committed players is a necessity – as is choice of proper material – or the woodwinds’ admirably pliable qualities turn squishy and spongy. MORE

January 11, 2010

Viktor Tóth

Tartim
Budapest Music Center Records BMC CD 150

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

About Us

482 Music 482-1068

Adding special guests to an already existing ensemble can often be a shortcut to confusion. Either the news players don’t mesh with the others or the group loses its individuality and become the backing band to the guests. Leaders of the ensembles on these CDs avoid both drawbacks, yet each does so in a fashion that’s as different as their respective backgrounds.

Chicago drummer Mike Reed, who gigs with everyone from cornetist Rob Mazurek to flautist Nicole Mitchell, also produces contemporary improv concerts in the city and is vice-chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Yet his band People, Places & Things – filled out by alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman and bassist Jason Roebke – is organized to play original material honoring advanced Chicago sounds from 1954-1960. That’s homage not fealty; there’s no overt imitation here. In addition, the guests – trombonist Jeb Bishop, tenor saxophonist David Boykins and guitarist Jeff Parker – play on one track each to further orient the music towards contemporary improv. MORE

January 11, 2010

Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

About Us
482 Music 482-1068

Viktor Tóth

Tartim

Budapest Music Center Records BMC CD 150

Adding special guests to an already existing ensemble can often be a shortcut to confusion. Either the news players don’t mesh with the others or the group loses its individuality and become the backing band to the guests. Leaders of the ensembles on these CDs avoid both drawbacks, yet each does so in a fashion that’s as different as their respective backgrounds.

Chicago drummer Mike Reed, who gigs with everyone from cornetist Rob Mazurek to flautist Nicole Mitchell, also produces contemporary improv concerts in the city and is vice-chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Yet his band People, Places & Things – filled out by alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Tim Haldeman and bassist Jason Roebke – is organized to play original material honoring advanced Chicago sounds from 1954-1960. That’s homage not fealty; there’s no overt imitation here. In addition, the guests – trombonist Jeb Bishop, tenor saxophonist David Boykins and guitarist Jeff Parker – play on one track each to further orient the music towards contemporary improv. MORE

December 12, 2009

Daniel Levin Quartet

Live at Roulette
Clean Feed CF 147 CD

Nate Wooley

Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing

Porter PRCD-4022

One of the trumpeters who, over the past few years, have committed to lower-case improvisation, Brooklyn-based Nate Wooley has also subtly adapted his distinctive playing to different situations. As a matter of fact, listening to these noteworthy CDs, it may appear as if Wooley, who was born in the Pacific Northwest, has a separate Midwestern and East Cost persona.

That statement may be a bit louche however. That’s because the fragmented texture-gliding he exhibits with Chicagoans cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm – who may be the most-frequently recorded cellist in New music – and bassist Jason Roebke, who anchors a clutch of Windy City combos – is close to what the trumpeter brings to some New York groups. However as a charter member of cellist Daniel Levin’s quartet since 2001, he attentively tries to meld with the impressionistic and legato impulses from the cellist as Live at Roulette attests. The band is filled out by vibist Matt Moran, who also plays in drummer John Hollenbeck’s ensembles, and bassist Peter Bitenc. MORE

December 12, 2009

Nate Wooley

Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing
Porter PRCD-4022

Daniel Levin Quartet

Live at Roulette

Clean Feed CF 147 CD

One of the trumpeters who, over the past few years, have committed to lower-case improvisation, Brooklyn-based Nate Wooley has also subtly adapted his distinctive playing to different situations. As a matter of fact, listening to these noteworthy CDs, it may appear as if Wooley, who was born in the Pacific Northwest, has a separate Midwestern and East Cost persona.

That statement may be a bit louche however. That’s because the fragmented texture-gliding he exhibits with Chicagoans cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm – who may be the most-frequently recorded cellist in New music – and bassist Jason Roebke, who anchors a clutch of Windy City combos – is close to what the trumpeter brings to some New York groups. However as a charter member of cellist Daniel Levin’s quartet since 2001, he attentively tries to meld with the impressionistic and legato impulses from the cellist as Live at Roulette attests. The band is filled out by vibist Matt Moran, who also plays in drummer John Hollenbeck’s ensembles, and bassist Peter Bitenc. MORE

May 25, 2009

Tone Dialing

Rigop Me
Evil Rabbit ER 07

The Flatlands Collective

Maatjes

Clean Feed CF 127 CD

Two complementary – and exemplary – looks at the compositional and improvisational skills of Jorrit Dijkstra, a transatlantic musician who frequently works with musicians both in his native Holland and the United States.

Now based in the Boston area, Dijkstra’s partners on Rigop Me are Dutch guitarist Paul Pallesen – in whose Bite the Gnatze, the saxophonist also plays – and Berlin-based, Melbourne-born drummer Steve Heather. Curiously enough, all the other members of The Flatlands Collective are Chicagoans – trombonist Jeb Bishop, clarinetist James Falzone, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly – all part of that city’s explosion of now not-so-young improv talent. On Maatjes Lonberg-Holm also plays electronics, while Dijkstra plays lyricon and analog electronics as well as alto saxophone. However the sax is left in its case on Rigop Me as Dijkstra only works out on lyricon, loop machine and analog electronics. MORE

May 25, 2009

The Flatlands Collective

Maatjes
Clean Feed CF 127 CD

Tone Dialing

Rigop Me

Evil Rabbit ER 07

Two complementary – and exemplary – looks at the compositional and improvisational skills of Jorrit Dijkstra, a transatlantic musician who frequently works with musicians both in his native Holland and the United States.

Now based in the Boston area, Dijkstra’s partners on Rigop Me are Dutch guitarist Paul Pallesen – in whose Bite the Gnatze, the saxophonist also plays – and Berlin-based, Melbourne-born drummer Steve Heather. Curiously enough, all the other members of The Flatlands Collective are Chicagoans – trombonist Jeb Bishop, clarinetist James Falzone, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly – all part of that city’s explosion of now not-so-young improv talent. On Maatjes Lonberg-Holm also plays electronics, while Dijkstra plays lyricon and analog electronics as well as alto saxophone. However the sax is left in its case on Rigop Me as Dijkstra only works out on lyricon, loop machine and analog electronics. MORE

November 1, 2008

Jeb Bishop/Harris Eisenstadt/Jason Roebke

Tiebreaker
Not Two MW 789-2

Michael Bates’ Outside Sources

Clockwise

Greenleaf Music 09

Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/ Jean-Jacques Avenel

Within

Leo CD LR 512

John Heward-Joe McPhee

Voices: 10 Improvisations

Mode Avant 05

Expatriates or homebodies, Canadian improvisers interact with many first-class players from and in any country. The results can be imposing, even if there’s nothing intrinsically Canuck about the music. MORE

November 1, 2008

John Heward-Joe McPhee

Voices: 10 Improvisations
Mode Avant 05

Jeb Bishop/Harris Eisenstadt/Jason Roebke

Tiebreaker

Not Two MW 789-2

Michael Bates’ Outside Sources

Clockwise

Greenleaf Music 09

Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/ Jean-Jacques Avenel

Within

Leo CD LR 512

Expatriates or homebodies, Canadian improvisers interact with many first-class players from and in any country. The results can be imposing, even if there’s nothing intrinsically Canuck about the music. MORE

November 1, 2008

Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/ Jean-Jacques Avenel

Within
Leo CD LR 512

Jeb Bishop/Harris Eisenstadt/Jason Roebke

Tiebreaker

Not Two MW 789-2

Michael Bates’ Outside Sources

Clockwise

Greenleaf Music 09

John Heward-Joe McPhee

Voices: 10 Improvisations

Mode Avant 05

Expatriates or homebodies, Canadian improvisers interact with many first-class players from and in any country. The results can be imposing, even if there’s nothing intrinsically Canuck about the music. MORE

November 1, 2008

Michael Bates’ Outside Sources

Clockwise
Greenleaf Music 09

Jeb Bishop/Harris Eisenstadt/Jason Roebke

Tiebreaker

Not Two MW 789-2

Francois Carrier/Michel Lambert/ Jean-Jacques Avenel

Within

Leo CD LR 512

John Heward-Joe McPhee

Voices: 10 Improvisations

Mode Avant 05

Expatriates or homebodies, Canadian improvisers interact with many first-class players from and in any country. The results can be imposing, even if there’s nothing intrinsically Canuck about the music. MORE

October 5, 2007

James Falzone – Allos Musica

The Sign and the Thing Signified
Allos Document 002

The Flatlands Collective

Gnomade

Skycap Cap 035

Clarinetist James Falzone and percussionist Tim Mulvenna plus a cellist and a double bassist are the connective strands of these two sessions recorded four month apart in Chicago, although each is unique in many ways. The Sign and the Thing Signified is most notable for exposing the compositional and playing talents of Falzone. However, appreciation for the 13 tracks delineated in barely 41 minutes, depends on the listener’s tolerance for chamber-improv assayed by bassoon, viola, cello and bassist Brian Dibble as well as Falzone and Mulvenna. MORE

October 5, 2007

The Flatlands Collective

Gnomade
Skycap Cap 035

James Falzone – Allos Musica

The Sign and the Thing Signified

Allos Document 002

Clarinetist James Falzone and percussionist Tim Mulvenna plus a cellist and a double bassist are the connective strands of these two sessions recorded four month apart in Chicago, although each is unique in many ways. The Sign and the Thing Signified is most notable for exposing the compositional and playing talents of Falzone. However, appreciation for the 13 tracks delineated in barely 41 minutes, depends on the listener’s tolerance for chamber-improv assayed by bassoon, viola, cello and bassist Brian Dibble as well as Falzone and Mulvenna. MORE

October 3, 2007

Tigersmilk

Android Love Cry
Family Vineyard FV45CD

Geared more towards electronic-tinged improv than his other projects, the co-op trio Tigersmilk makes full use of Dylan van der Schyff’s understated yet rhythmically encompassing percussion licks. The Vancouver-based drummer serves as perfect foil for Chicago bassist Jason Roebke, whose electric and acoustic contributions are even more self-effacing than van der Schyff’s work, plus the fluttering synthesizer oscillations and muted rubato washes of cornetist Rob Mazurek, a Chicagoan now resident in Brazil. MORE

May 1, 2006

FRED LONBERG-HOLM TRIO

Other Valentines
Atavistic ALP 165CD

FRED LONBERG-HOLM QUARTET
Bridges Freeze Before Roads
Longbox Records lbt036

Chicago cello crusader Fred Lonberg-Holm is usually so busy with his back-up duties in bands ranging from the Vamndermark5 to Peter Brötzmann’s Tentet to what seems like half the CDs recorded in that city, that his solo dates are infrequent.

From the evidence presented here, this may be a wise strategy. OTHER VALENTINES is his own trio’s follow-up tribute CD to the music of pioneering jazz cellist Fred Katz. It also includes compositions by, among others Sun Ra, Gil Scott-Heron, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett. But indolent pacing and a limited color palate stick the 10 tracks in a box of muted sameness that it barely escapes. MORE

June 27, 2005

HORVITZ/SAMWORTH/LEE/CLARK/VAN DER SCHYFF

Intersection Poems
Spool Line SPL125

TIGERSMILK
From the Bottle
Family Vineyard FV28

North American free trade of the most benign kind, FROM THE BOTTLE features an invigorating live performance from a trio mad up of two Americans and a Canadian, while INTERSECTION POEMS is another fine effort which adds an American pianist to an already constituted Canadian combo, which includes Tigersmilk’s drummer.

Vancouver-based Dylan van der Schyff has also brought his percussion wizardry to partnerships featuring such disparate players as American trumpeter Dave Douglas and British saxophonist John Butcher. His most frequent playing partner – and his wife – is cellist Peggy Lee, who also works with a clutch of international performers. Those two, trumpeter Bill Clark and guitarist Ron Samworth made up the band Talking Pictures, making this CD a reunion plus. The plus is Seattle-based keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, whose credentials include work with Bill Frisell and John Zorn, and who has known of the Vancouverites since the late 1980s. MORE

April 5, 2004

SCOTT ROSENBERG

Creative Orchestra Music, Chicago 2001
New World # 80572-2

WALTER THOMPSON ORCHESTRA
Pexo - A Soundpainting Symphony
9Winds NWCD0234

Creating structures for ensembles of improvising musicians and voices is the thread that unites these two sessions. Scott Rosenberg and Walter Thompson have formulated different paths to creation -- the former by mixing improv and written material, the later by utilizing a composing-conducting system of gestured signals.

Although both methods are praiseworthy, neither disc is 100 per cent satisfying. That’s because application of the theory sometimes breaks down in the spontaneously recorded practice. MORE

November 10, 2003

TRIAGE

Twenty Minute Cliff
Okka Disk OD12045

JASON ROEBKE
Rapid Croche
482 Music 1016

Every three decades or so Chicago improvisers become the focus of the music world -- or perhaps the rest of the planet merely catches up with what’s been happening in the Windy City all along.

This first took place in the late 1920s when Young Lions such as Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines revolutionized jazz music with a solo-oriented approach. Then in the mid-1960s, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) appeared with explorers like Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams who showed that Free Music could be complex and meticulous as well as blues-based and emotional. Fast forward to the 21st century, and everyone from Austrian laptopers to German ecstatic soloists appears to be working with a new wave of Chicago-based players. MORE

May 12, 2003

TIGERSMILK

Tigersmilk
Family Vineyard 19

JEFF PARKER
Like-Coping
Delmark DG-543

Fame may initially have come to the members of the Chicago Underground bands for their phase-shifting mixture of jazz, rock and electronica dubbed post-rock. But over time the sounds have become more predictable pastiche than innovative.

Far more palatable are the newest trio projects by two of the musicians: founder conetist/electronicist Rob Mazurek, who is one-third of Tigersmilk, which is showcased on a self-titled CD; and guitarist Jeff Parker, who debuts his own group on LIKE-COPING. Without fanzine fanfare, either CD provides a sound picture of Windy City improv eclecticism. Each is also impressive in its own way. MORE