Unwieldy though it may be, the name of this trio tells the whole tale. In fact, it suggests context, likely themes, and a welter of plot possibilities for those already familiar with the individual work of percussionist Famoudou Don Moye, guitarist Spencer Barefield, and reedman Edward Wilkerson. All share a gratifyingly inclusive approach to modern American music that encourages them to roam knowingly throughout the jazz tradition, incorporating elements as diverse as swing-beat rhythms, postbop expressionism, and the wild cries introduced in the 60s and honed in the decades since. And each of them tells stories in his music–even Moye, whose percussion discussion, as heard in the Art Ensemble of Chicago and a dozen other settings, can range from high drama to impressionistic fables. It would be hard to ignore the similar intrigue in the music of Barefield, who lives in Detroit; he relies on a formidable finger-style technique and concepts equally grounded in jazz, new classical music, and the stringinstrument tradition of West Africa. Wilkerson’s breadth-generously displayed to Chicagoans in his own 8 Bold Souls and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble-allows him to traverse and sew together far-flung chapters of jazz history in an instrumental voice of power and warmth. Best of all, this is no let’s-jam hootenanny; the trio will preview works to appear on a CD due later this year, guaranteeing a well-considered approach to this unusual assemblage of instruments. Friday, 9 PM, HotHouse, 1565 N. Milwaukee; 235-2334.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Barbara Barefield.