Featuring Greg Ward and Tim Haldeman (saxophones), Jason Roebke (bass)
Plus SPECIAL GUESTS: Josh Berman (cornet)
and Craig Taborn (piano)
Having completed their acclaimed trilogy exploring undersung repertoire from Chicago’s jazz, blues and improvised music scene between 1954 and 1960, drummer/composer Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things (PP&T) quartet embarks on a new chapter with their fourth release, Clean on the Corner.
While the new album breaks with the overarching concept of its predecessors, the rewards of Reed’s extensive delving into Windy City obscurities is evident throughout Clean on the Corner. Like the composers who he initially set out to honor, Reed’s own compositions embrace broad swaths of jazz history with equal vigor, arriving at the avant-garde via the traditional, or taking arcane byways to gain unique perspectives on familiar destinations. PP&T also continue to dust off deserving material from their Chicago forefathers, here spinning corkscrew filigrees on Roscoe Mitchell’s “Old” and a bracing run through “Sharon,” written by little-known alto player John Jenkins. Continue reading