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Klang, Jeff Albert's Instigation Quartet 

When: Wed., Feb. 8, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $8
In New Orleans, even the outcats are jobbing musicians. Trombonist Jeff Albert has played ebullient free jazz with his own bands and spaghetti-squiggly electronics with the Laptop Orchestra of Louisiana, but he's also worked in cruise-ship horn sections and backed up Ronnie Milsap. The Instigation Quartet, one of his most adventurous endeavors, is more an idea than a group; its book is a set of loose verbal and written instructions for improvisers, and at each gig he confronts a different set of musicians with those texts. Albert has previously convened the quartet in Germany, Chicago, and New Orleans, and in November he recorded a version with saxophonist Kidd Jordan, drummer Hamid Drake, and bassist Joshua Abrams, who turn his instigations into constantly shifting explorations of mood and texture. Because he had three associates of the late, great Fred Anderson on hand, the resulting album—titled The Tree on the Mound and due sometime this year on French label Rogue Art—also includes a couple of the tenor saxophonist's tunes. Albert's solo on Anderson's "The Strut," which blends blubbery chatter with bluesy testifying, is an irresistible combination of down-home and far-out. This version of the Instigation Quartet includes Abrams, drummer Tim Daisy, and reedist Keefe Jackson (who used to work with Albert in the Lucky 7s, and who has a few noteworthy shows of his own this week—see page B12). Local clarinetist James Falzone opens with his group Klang, who will play the material they're recording the next day at Electrical Audio for their third album, tentatively titled Brooklyn Lines, Chicago Spaces. —Bill Meyer

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