Voice Choices

Vicious World


Rufus Wainwright’s rich melodies and saucy delivery have long been inviting to jazzers—Dave Douglas took a shot at “Poses” way back in ’02. Tonight the septet Vicious World jumps in the deep end, dedicating itself to arty spins of the dramatic songwriter’s nuggets. A trombone glides through “Natasha,” a clarinet leads “Peach Trees.” There’s more chamber decorum than there is unfettered swing, but somehow the improv breathes freely and new perspectives are unearthed. 

Sat., Aug. 27, 8 & 9:30 p.m., 2011

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