Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pro-Wresting: Jack Wright, Evan Lipson, and Ben Bennett piledrive traditional jazz

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Jack Wright (left) and Ben Bennett
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  • Jack Wright (left) and Ben Bennett
As a child of 1940s and '50s Pittsburgh, saxophonist Jack Wright has grown into quite the Pennsylvania pine of a musician, repeatedly uprooting himself and traveling the globe to share his wares. Although the mysterious Wright would wander away from music in the '60s, he would rediscover it in the late '70s, eventually playing with such free improv musicians as William Parker, Bhob Rainey, and Tatsuya Nakatani. Wright has sought out many different collaborators during his musical career, but on the occasion of his upcoming visit to Atlanta, he will be joined by Chattanooga bassist Evan Lipson and Columbus, Ohio percussionist Ben Bennett in what is known as the Wrest Trio. Invoking the crafty interplay of classic Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton recordings, the Wrest Trio swoops in and out of an improvisation like three seagulls vying for the same piece of bread. And eventually they all get it from different corners and simultaneously fly away.

If you're feeling adventurous, check out Ben Bennett's Bandcamp page and take a listen to his explosive solo digital album Spoilage, mastered by the prolific James Plotkin. The Wrest percussionist's brash, active style will delight fans of Lightning Bolt or Han Bennink, and many of those into the lo-fi International Noise Conference scene. Bennett is creative with his instrumentation and specific with his descriptions, performing on such sound-making devices as the "mason jar ring with latex glove stretched across it," "camp cook set," and "the narrow part of a balloon." The energy here is irresistible.

With Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel, and Robert Cheatham. Fri., April 12. $8. 9 p.m. Theater at the Horizons School, 1900 Dekalb Ave.

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