Last night cellist Tomeka Reid brought her quartet to Chicago’s Constellation for two sets of blues-inflected avant-jazz. Along with guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Tomas (the “s” is silent) Fujiwara, the soft-spoken Reid offered a mix of tunes both soulful and blistering.
To these ears, one of the high points was early in the second set when the group diverged into free improvisation with liberal extended technique use. But most of the pieces were from Old New, which released last month (read our review).
The turnout was solid for a Monday night, with almost all seats taken. At the beginning of the show, Reid was presented with the Jazz Journalists Association award for Violinist-Violist-Cellist of the Year.