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A look inside The Jazz Gallery

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Bassist Nick Dunston and his band Atlantic Extraction return to The Jazz Gallery this Saturday, September 14. Dunston has had a busy summer, touring with drummer Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, and playing with Marc Ribot at the annual Vision Festival.

Last week, Dunston announced that the group will be releasing their eponymous debut album on November 1. In an interview with Jazz Speaks, Dunston spoke about how the particular combination of musicians—including performer-improvisers from outside the explicit jazz tradition—impacted his writing for the group.

I didn’t pick players to move toward a sound I had in my head. That freed me from a lot of my own expectations as a composer, and allowed me to open up and grow in accordance to what the band is shaping up to be. Choosing musicians to fulfill a sonic vision is a totally valid approach, and I’ve done stuff like that, but it’s not what I’m interested in right now. These musicians and people are so special. It would be selling the band short if I were to simply write music, then decide whether they “played it well” or not. I’m a decisive and particular person, and I write music that challenges the band and myself in many ways, but at the same time, I’m not looking to take any shortcuts in terms of development. I’m not looking for them to check off some kind of box along the way. I’m looking for a balance, a mix of patience, open-mindedness, and more importantly, indulgence. I’m just obsessed with all of their playing, and I have no doubt that this group will become something I couldn’t have possibly imagined. Every time we get together, whether it’s a gig or rehearsal, my expectations are completely shattered and surpassed.

Don’t miss this chance to hear the group’s deepening interplay, and keep your ears peeled for their album, out November 1 on Out Of Your Head Records.

Nick Dunston’s Atlantic Extraction plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The group features Mr. Dunston on bass, Louna Dekker-Vargas on flutes, Ledah Finck on violin & viola, Tal Yahalom on guitar, and Stephen Boegehold on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $25 general admission ($10 for members), $35 reserved table seating ($20 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.