From the Chicago Reader:
On Tuesday night at the Whistler, great local cellist Tomeka Reid will premiere a promising new trio with Nick Butcher (electronics) and New York drummer Tomas Fujiwara, who was just in town with Indian brass band Red Baraat. (The gig comes in the middle of a recording session for the band.) Earlier this spring, another Reid trio called Hear in Now released its debut, and her cohorts in this new group both drop new albums this month. Butcher celebrates the release of Free Jazz Bitmaps Vol. 1 (Hometapes) with a performance and art exhibition at Saki Records on Fri 5/4 from 6-9 PM, and Fujiwara’s excellent New York band the Hook Up releases its second album tomorrow. The Air Is Different (482 Music) features a killer band—guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Trevor Dunn, tenor saxophonist Brian Settles, and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson—that pushes and pulls the drummer’s lovely, episodic compositions with high-level improvisation.
- Thumbscrew At Sycamore This Sunday (improvisedcommunications.com)