Photo courtesy of Shifting Paradigm Records


Hedenstrom, Evens, Helsley & Young (Record Release Show)

July 27
9 p.m.
Free; donations suggested

Twin Cities saxophonist/composer Aaron Hedenstrom co-leads Hedenstrom, Evens, Helsley & Young with Louisville pianist/composer Gabe Evens. The University of North Texas-bred quartet, which also features bassist Jack Helsley and drummer Matt Young, sounds like a law firm in name only, its writs and clauses far more enlightening than the average court hearing. This performance will celebrate the release of the group’s debut album, The Living Room Sessions, on the local label Shifting Paradigm. Recorded, as advertised, in Evens’ front room, it’s a stylishly written and played contemporary jazz set. Rich, alluring melodies and striking harmonic colors characterize Hedenstrom’s tunes, compounded by a soul streak. Subtle hints of Latin and funk seep into the slyly effervescent “Humble Lion,” while “A Peace Beyond Words” is sprightly swing etched by sparkling improv work. Evens’ five-movement contribution, based on his three-year-old daughter’s day, features lithe compositions laced with intriguing nuances: the bristling samba of “Jamming Routine,” lyrical charm of “Starlight Routine,” and simmering nocturnal flame of “Dream Routine.”