Monday, June 2, 2014
Concert Review: Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey at the RecordBar
I stood in mud for 11 hours with 50,000 people at Rockfest on Saturday. Attending the heavy metal blowout makes me as happy as a pig in slop. Experiencing amplified, regimented music as part of a vast throng is liberating.
On Sunday I sat amid an audience of 20 for a set of acoustic, improvised jazz performed by saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey.
Rather than militant blast beats, Rainey's imaginative playing didn't include a single repeated pattern during the 40-minute opening set. Laubrock was similarly ingenious on tenor and soprano. Compared to the previous day's offerings, the New York-based duo's free jazz was entirely soothing.
I was so relaxed that I went home early to bask in sweet avant-metal dreams.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)