Kris Davis


Whether it’s calm or agitation they’re generating, the quartet of pianist Kris Davis, trumpeter Ralph Alessi, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and drummer Tom Rainey have an idiosyncratic way of sharing their nuanced expressionism. The freely improvised pieces on their new album for the Skirl label is one of the year’s most persuasive jazz outings—each of the six tracks are tethered to the next with an alignment of ideas and a juxtaposition of temperaments that recalls the kind of now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t articulation of mentors such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Sat., Oct. 26, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2013