Innovative jazz keyboardist and Golden Valley native Craig Taborn will be feted on his home turf in this multi-format showcase of his eclectic projects, dubbed Heroic Frenzies. Taborn studied music locally before he went off to college and by the early '90s was a member of James Carter's band. Subsequently he juggled his own projects and extensive session work with the likes of Roscoe Mitchell, Tim Berne, Chris Potter, and Bill Laswell. Plus, he teamed up with notable locals Dave King, Greg Norton, and Erik Fratzke in Gang Font. Taborn has stretched from straight-ahead jazz to the avant-garde, experimenting with elements of electronica, funk, and rock. Here, Taborn will play in three different contexts. Junk Magic will feature drummer King, bassist Fratzke, tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, and Mat Maneri on viola, focusing on the boundary-shattering jazz/electronica/ambient/funk hybrid stuff on 2004's album of the same name. Taborn's Trio — drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist Thomas Morgan — will likely concentrate on its just-released Chants, where the group takes an emphatic ensemble approach to Taborn originals dense with often angular ideas but still flowing with a sublime touch. Finally, Taborn will play solo piano pieces from his 2011 album Avenging Angel, notable for its fresh approach to the medium in expression and technique.
Fri., April 26, 8 p.m., 2013