Since its inception in 2006, the Atlantis Quartet has quickly moved into serious contention on the Twin Cities modern jazz front, as well as begun to attract a groundswell of national attention. The Atlantis sports four terrific players and composers: saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Hennig. Bates is the relative vet of the group, having anchored the popular local jazz band Motion Poets, and being one of the top session guys in the Midwest. But all four have played in dozens of configurations, locally and otherwise, and Wozniak in particular is a ferocious improviser. On the last two Halloweens, the quartet has showed off its musical prowess and versatility with live performances on a pair of iconic albums in their entirety: Coltrane's A Love Supreme and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters. Such eyebrow-raising escapades could become the norm for the Atlantis as it marks the release of its second album, Animal Progress, with a pair of shows at the AQ. The quartet will also do a late-night gig at the Dakota on December 26 following a performance by the Bad Plus, with whom they share some stylistic affinity. 18+.
Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Starts: Dec. 18. Continues through Dec. 19, 2009