Lesser Lakes Trio

  • Café Coda 113 West Dayton Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States

The jazz outfit Lesser Lakes Trio comprises three Wisconsin musicians—Milwaukee-based drummer Devin Drobka, Racine-based trumpeter Jamie Breiwick, and Madison resident John Christensen on bass—and focuses on original compositions and improvisation. The trio's second album, The Good Land, released in May, tends to feel raw and subdued at once. On "Upon A Single Leg," Drobka sets a slightly ominous mood with martial, rumbling toms, yet the implied tension is never released—instead, Breiwick's trumpet lines slowly ratchet things up, as if tempting some mysterious violent force to unleash itself. Another key moment on the album is when the brief and atmospheric "String Of Pearls" pairs with the title track's stately, bass-led melodies. Lesser Lakes Trio will be pulling double duty here, playing Café Coda after a happy-hour set at the Memorial Union. —Scott Gordon