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Saxophonist Joe McPhee receives the festival’s lifetime achievement award this year, and three of his singular ensembles are helping celebrate: Angels, Devils, and Haints began as a nod to Albert Ayler, but this time the group tips the hat to Clifford Thornton. Next, Euro rads The Thing drop by, bending fierce rock rhythms that pick up where Last Exit left off, and finally, the saxophonist shows his commitment to fluid transitions by improvising with a dance troupe. The immediacy he brings to his abstractions has always been head-turning.
Wed., June 13, 7 p.m., 2012