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Dave King Trio, Major Vistas

  • Trinity Lutheran Church 1904 Winnebago Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

An iconic contemporary jazz drummer and his band share the bill with a thoughtful Madison outfit. Info/tix

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Drummer Dave King, of Minneapolis outfit The Bad Plus, embodies a lot of the innovation and mischievous, but still implacably curious, spirit that has enabled jazz to keep on developing as an essential art form in the 21st century. Amid his many collaborations, the group officially known as the Dave King Trio comprises King, bassist Billy Peterson, and pianist Matt Mitchell. Together they explore a repertoire built around jazz standards, and at this concert—taking place at a beautiful east-side church and organized by the jazz booking team at Arts + Literature Laboratory—one can expect an expansive performance that mines the material for both conversational melody and abstract searching. Opening up here is Madison instrumental outfit Major Vistas, whose debut album, 2016's Minor Anthems, threaded the improvisational possibilities of jazz through pieces that also explored the influence of electronic music and post-rock. It's elegant but unpretentious and moving music that should make for a good pairing with the headlining act. —Scott Gordon