Skeletons Big Band & Capillary Action
Matt Mehlan and Skeletons have come a long way from their Girl-Faced Boys days as Oberlin's most impenetrable aesthetes. Last year's underrated Money found the Silent Barners delving into dramatic, Afro-punked Gastr del Sol-like sweepsa thread continued during the band's recent shows with the horn-abetted Skeletons Big Band. Oddly, the effect is similar to how Hall Overton's big band arrangements for Thelonious Monk brought the pianist's bent-note melodies into focus, straightening Mehlan's into something simultaneously dense but with even more voices. Also playing an excerpt from Jon Pfeffer's large-scale "Licorice."
Sun., Dec. 6, 10 p.m., 2009
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