For the fourth Halloween in a row, the Atlantis Quartet, increasingly distinguishing itself locally and nationally as a premier 21st-century jazz band, will take on in its entirety an iconic album by an iconic artist. This year it'll be tenor saxophone great Sonny Rollins's 1962 album The Bridge, recorded after Rollins emerged from a two-year hiatus during which he famously honed his sound by practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge. This follows up the Atlantis' full-album treatments of Coltrane's A Love Supreme, Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters, and Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Significantly, the '62 Rollins band instrumentation (with guitarist Jim Hall) matches the Atlantis lineup of saxophonist Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Zacc Harris, bassist Chris Bates, and drummer Pete Hennig. These gigs will also be special for marking the release of Atlantis' third album, Lines in the Sand, recorded live at the AQ last May. Lines captures the essential fire of Atlantis' sprawling, ever-shifting, multi-textured sound, which stretches from lyrical ballads to squalling free jazz infused with funk, with virtually every stop in between. The all-originals repertoire reprises some tunes from the band's first two albums, but also includes three new ones: Harris's title track, a moody, restless, ruminative piece laced with blues; his more effervescent, boppish "Isle of the Flightless Birds"; and Bates's elegiac, gospel-etched "The Hidden Place."
Fridays, Saturdays, 9 p.m. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Oct. 29, 2011