Little snips of melody arrive at the most crucial moments in the drummer’s work. Recent discs for the Clean Feed label find tunefulness as central to the agenda as expressionism. And after a few spins through his new Woodblock Prints, it’s become easy to fall for his more refined side. This threesome with saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pianist Angelica Sanchez could be an arms akimbo deal–each are skilled at pushing and stretching until something snaps–but they, too, might be in refinement mode. They’re cutting a disc a few days after the gig.
Sat., Sept. 11, 9 p.m., 2010