A stalwart of the Twin Cities music scene for several decades, saxophonist and composer John Devine is perhaps most known for IMP ORK, the sizable improvisational ensemble that sometimes worked with the likes of Julius Hemphill and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as for his long tenure playing solo sax at the two incarnations of the Loring Bar. Devine will mark the release of his long overdue album A Little O' That with this performance featuring many of his longtime associates, including cellist Michelle Kinney, trumpeter Jon Pemberton, tuba player Tom Wells, bassist Brock Thorson, and drummer Alden Ikeda. Devine is a superior player whose brawny tone and versatile, often prickly ideas set a strong fulcrum for finely conceived, insinuating original music. There's one smart cover (Monk's "North of the Sunset") on an album that wildly ventures from free jazz maelstroms and post-bop workouts to touches of flamenco, swing, and funk, plus rivulets of sinuous blues, classical, and the avant-garde. (Photo by Bruce Christianson)
Wednesdays, Thursdays, 6 p.m., 2009
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