Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem


Inspired infractions are behind the first part of the band’s name (en garde, jazz orthodoxy!). The violinist leads an aggressive bunch, and they’re constantly tweaking each other. The mayhem arrives when all that good-natured frolic hits the red zone, a ploy often hastened by drummer Jim Black’s wallop or guitarist Nels Cline’s need to tear the universe a new butthole. Either way, M&M calibrates its dynamics, so some true titillation is up front. But don’t forget the luminous moments—in Scheinman’s world, they’re always just around the corner.

July 13-18, 9 & 11 p.m., 2010