Performances Reviews

Darius Jones, Ryan Sawyer and Shahzad Ismaily at the Stone Reviewed

English: Shahzad Ismaily at a concert with Mar...


A simple truth about music is that it’s good to be surprised. Ryan Sawyer, Darius Jones, and Shahzad Ismaily formed a trio late last year. They haven’t made an album yet. Their set at the Stone on Tuesday night, as part of the Northern Spy record label’s Spy Music Festival, was the group’s third gig. Free improvising, a small room, standard instruments, stifling heat. But they pulled it off. They were surprising. How did they do it?