• Roscoe Mitchell

This week’s Reader includes a Bill Meyer Critic’s Choice for Saturday afternoon’s concert by Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, who’ll be joined for the occasion by reedist Roscoe Mitchell. The AACM veteran appears on the quintet’s new album, Empathetic Parts (482 Music), for which I wrote the liner notes, and he exerts a strong, simpatico presence. But on Far Side (ECM), a terrific new album with his long-running, ever-changing Note Factory project, Mitchell doesn’t employ this virtuoso mode—his playing is just as engaged, but he gears it more toward an ensemble approach.