It’s hard to pin a label on saxophonist Brad Linde and his music. He has a vibratoless, dry martini sound on tenor sax and is a devotee of the Lennie Tristano school, performing often with saxophonists Lee Konitz and Ted Brown.
But Linde often places his classic sound in very modern contexts. In his duo with classically-trained pianist Erika Dohi, Linde’s tone grounds the pair’s abstract flights of fancy.
In his groups Third Wheel and Underwater Ghost, the austerity of Linde’s lines is complemented beautifully by the rich textures of Anthony Pirog’s effects-laden guitar.
Linde is just as comfortable leading a big band as he is improvising in small groups. He leads the house big band at the Washington, D.C., club Bohemian Caverns, as well as his own ensemble.
The Jazz Gallery is proud to present Brad Linde’s Extended Ensemble for a special show featuring the music of up-and-coming Australian composer and arranger Elliott Hughes on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014.
Hughes is an extremely versatile composer, equally comfortable writing for orchestra, chamber groups, and electronic media, in addition to jazz bands. Linde describes Hughes music thusly:
Elliott’s compositions for big band are highly energetic and bring new ideas to create a unique sound within the genre. Inspired by innovations over the past decade from composers such as John Hollenbeck and Darcy James Argue, each piece attempts to create a different mood or atmosphere, with a large focus on the overall sound of the ensemble. His music combines driving grooves, dense harmony and powerful ensemble passages contrasted with ample space for improvisation, resulting in sounds that attempt to stimulate thought and an emotional reaction.
In his piece One Night Echoes, for instance, Hughes keeps listeners on their toes with surprising slow-downs and huge contrasts in musical texture.
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Tuesday’s performance is a wonderful opportunity to check out new, exciting music from outside the New York jazz community.
Brad Linde’s Extended Ensemble performs the music of Elliott Hughes at The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014. The band features Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone and clarinet, Mr. Linde on tenor saxophone, Billy Wolfe on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Oran Etkin on bass clarinet, and Gina Izzo on flute; Seneca Black, Tara Tannangara, and Joe Herrera on trumpet; Ryan Keberle on trombone, Jeff Nelson on bass trombone, and Ben Brody on horn; Anthony Pirog on guitar, Erika Dohi on piano, Julian Anderson-Bowes on bass, and Jonathan Taylor on drums. Sets are at 9 and 11 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 for members, and free for SummerPass Holders. Purchase tickets here.