This three-night stand lets the uproarious drummer pay attention to his composer persona. He's a thoughtful experimentalist who's smitten with every aspect of sound, and each night is dedicated to a different line-up playing discrete material. His Koan ensemble made the pointedly hushed CD last year; it wafted a series of smoke signal queries from a guitar trio. A trombone and second bass is added this week. A quartet with Taylor Ho Bynum has roots in last year's AACM shows, and quintet with saxophonist Loren Stillman brokers "chamber ensemble" material from a deep songbook. Whether it's thick with action or sparsely drawn, Sorey's music teems with provocative moves.
Aug. 10-12, 8:30 p.m., 2010