Chicago Edge Ensemble

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States

Chicago Edge Ensemble showcases the talents of five Chicago jazz artists, all of whom boats their own extensive resumes of projects and collaborations. Guitarist Dan Phillips leads the quintet through a series of tight, forward-moving passages, and free, textural soundscapes. The group plays here behind their album Decaying Orbit, released this March. On the title track, the members weave in and out of energetic grooves, fragmented patterns, and open space for experimentation—an approach that allows each musician the freedom to explore colorfully and virtuosically. The group features saxophonist Mars Williams, whose history includes a long list of collaborations and projects from the Psychedelic Furs to Peter Brotzmann. Percussionist Hamid Drake, while also known for tabla and Caribbean percussion, also has deep roots in jazz, with his early-career collaborators including Fred Anderson and Don Cherry. Trombonist Jeb Bishop is known for his long involvement in the Vandermark Five as well as many other adventurous collaborations (including mathy jazz punk groups such as Zu and The Flying Luttenbachers). Classically trained bassist Krysztof Pabian has performed under Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim, and has contributed to a wide array of both symphonic and jazz projects. —Emili Earhart