“One of the alto saxophone’s harshest poets,” (The Boston Phoenix) Wally Shoup plays unfettered, emotion-laden alto sax. His work combines the grit of free jazz and blues with an ear towards lyrical abstraction, all at the service of creating coherent music in the moment. Tonight with Radding
(bass), Arnold (cello) and Makihara (drums,) his quartet presents music that is a lively, often intense blend of free jazz, contemporary string music & zen-like percussion. As a collective, they create a high degree of cohesion and uncanny telepathic interplay, resulting in the type of free-wheeling improvisation that sounds composed, yet remains fluid and unpredictable.