Drummer, thy name is Ubiquitous. It sounds a bit like Greek tragedy. The drummer's name is actually Dave King, although it may as well be the other thing because he's all over the damn place, both here in his hometown and in far-flung places where his bands—most notably the Bad Plus—grab more and more attention. Thus, a veritable cornucopia of King things over two days at the Walker, showcasing a percussionist and composer who's not only ridiculously prolific but pretty much honing his own cutting edge. The King bands slated for Friday's concert will be Buffalo Collision, an improvisation-oriented quartet with pianist Ethan Iverson, saxophonist Tim Berne, and cellist Hank Roberts (the last two veteran icons of the avant-jazz scene); the Bad Plus, essentially a jazz band that plays with a rock perspective, with Iverson and bassist Reid Anderson; Happy Apple, essentially a rock band with a jazz perspective, with saxophonist Michael Lewis and bassist Erik Fratzke; and the Bad Apple, which fuses the last two. Saturday's show will feature two debuts: Golden Valley Is Now is supposed to emphasize electronics and jazz improv, with Anderson and keyboardist Craig Taborn. The Dave King Trucking Company, meanwhile, will be a mix of roots and the avant-garde, with Fratzke on guitar, saxophonist Chris Speed (another New York downtown stalwart), and bassist Adam Linz. The finale of the two-day King-a-thon will be all the musicians from both days coming together on a cover of the cheesy 1975 trucker anthem "Convoy," although Roger Miller's "King of the Road" would've done the job just as well. (Photo by Cameron Wittig)
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: March 12. Continues through March 13, 2010
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