This Saturday, the pianist Luis Perdomo will arrive at the Jazz Gallery on the heels of his latest album, Twenty-Two (Hot Tone). The album finds Perdomo straddling two worlds: his early life in Venezuela, where he stayed until he was 22 years old, and his life as a musician in New York, which now numbers 22 years. In particular, the album draws from the two years before and after his move, and the excitement, trepidation, and cultural exchange of that period.
Twenty-Two features Perdomo’s trio, which he called the Controlling Ear Unit, with his wife Mimi Jones on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. E.J. Strickland will replace Royston for this Jazz Gallery gig. In preparation, familiarize yourself wiith Perdomo’s excellent, varied work over the years:
You can hear Perdomo’s dissonant flourishes on Hans Glawischnig’s furious album “Panorama,” from 2008.
Perdomo was a founding member of Miguel Zenon’s Quartet. He appeared at The Gallery with Zenon in 2009.
He’s been playing with Ravi Coltrane’s forward-thinking ensembles for a decade. Here he is on “Spirit Fiction” (2013), along with Strickland.
He brought drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Drew Gress together for his 2012 album “Universal Mind.” Writing in the New York Times, Nate Chinen wrote, “it exudes such strong, uncluttered conviction that it feels like a forward leap.”
Luis Perdomo’s Ear Controlling Unit plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, July 25th, 2015. The group features Mr. Perdomo on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and E.J. Strickland on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Free with SummerPass. Purchase tickets here.