The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the band takes the stage for the first set an hour later. Sitting in for Jason Palmer (who is out of the country teaching) will be the impressive young trumpeter Billy Buss. For ticket information and reservations, call 860-434-2600.
To learn more about the saxophonist and his music, go to www.noahpreminger.com.
Here's the opening track of the new CD:
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The Linda May Han Oh Group commences playing at 8:30 p.m. To find out more, go to thesidedoorjazz.com.
Biophilia Records and features Ben Wendel (tenor saxophone), Matthew Stevens (guitar), and Justin Brown (drums) with label head Almazan on piano and keyboards (three tracks) and Minji Park (percussion on "Mantis").
The album starts with "Lucid Lullaby", the bassist leading the melody in as Brown skitters and scrambles underneath. After sharing the theme with the tenor sax, Ms. Oh takes the first solo and the piece unfolds slowly, stopping and starting as the bass gives way to the guitar solo. Yet, listen to the rhythm section as they dance below Stevens's fluid lines.
Linda May Han Oh has made quite an impression since coming to the United States. The first thing many people noticed was her impressive bass playing but the quality and breadth of her compositions has emerged to equal that of her instrumental work. She certainly knows how to anchor a rhythm section but the melodic work she does as both a composer and performer is well worth paying attention to. "Walk Against Water" is a special recording, one that demands and deserves many close listens.
For more information, go to lindamayhanoh.com. The album package, like all the new releases on Biophilia this year, is a fanciful origami-like construction that is fun to play with, somewhat tough to read, and heck to fold back up. But, then again, I'm a klutz when it comes to puzzle-like packages.
Here's a taste of this music: