Chicago saxophonist and composer Greg Ward navigates smoothly through free passages and in and out of groovy, melodic narratives in his jazz trio with drummer Greg Artry and bassist Dennis Carroll. The trio work in a real that’s not quite through-composed and not totally free, but tends to entangle the audience in frenzied intensity. The trio can also create scarcer spaces for the articulate, melodic ornaments of Ward’s saxophone, Artry’s distinct brush rhythms, and Carroll’s shifting colors on bass. Ward works in many other circles in the jazz world, not only as a saxophonist and ensemble leader, but as a commissioned composer.
His first CD as a leader with his Chicago-based band, Fitted Shards received much critical acclaim, including “Recording of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune.
Tickets are $10 in advance (cafeparadiso.net or at Paradiso), $12 at the show.