Mike Reed's People, Places & Things
The Chicago drummer does a great job of stumping for the Windy City canon. His two-reed band makes a point of updating Midwestern stylistic turns, be they Sun Ra's skronk-swing or Johnny Griffin's hurtling hard bop. Reed's an engine behind the traps, but the last time I caught PP&T, it was the saxophone trade-offs of Greg Ward and Tim Haldeman that dizzied the entire room. They made yesteryear sound a lot like the future. Sharing the bill is hard-hitting alto saxophonist Darius Jones's trio.
Sat., Oct. 16, 10 p.m., 2010