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Brennan Connors & Stray Passage, Invisible Guy (free)

  • Mason Lounge 416 South Park Street Madison, WI, 53715 United States (map)
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Madison jazz trio Brennan Connors & Stray Passage will play here to celebrate the release of its debut album, Emergence. Drawn from performances recorded before a live audience in March 2016, the album finds Connors (tenor and soprano sax), Brian Grimm (cello and electric bass), and Geoff Brady (percussion) delving deep into free improvisation. And the material is truly all over the map, from quiet, textural improvisations to noisy outbursts to passages of fluid and thorny melody in between. Having attended one of the shows where Emergence was recorded, I can say pretty confidently that Stray Passage has developed into one of Madison's essential jazz outfits. They'll share the bill here with the equally wide-ranging San Francisco trio Invisible Guy, which comprises drummer Hamir Atwal, Michael Coleman (keyboards), and Ben Goldberg (clarinet). Invisible Guy also focuses on free improvisation, but often with a harmonious, atmospheric bent that should make for a nice counterpoint to Stray Passage. —Scott Gordon

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