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Tenor saxophone and trombone go together in jazz like ham and eggs or rice and beans.
Think Archie Shepp and Roswell Rudd or Stan Getz and Bob Brookmeyer or Sonny Rollins and J.J. Johnson. That's especially true if the saxophonist can routinely double on bass clarinet for additional color.
So far, then, you've got saxophonist/reedman Gerbhard Ullman and trombonist Steve Swell.
And now, imagine a pianoless quartet adding to that front line bassist Hill Greene and legendary free jazz drummer, 69-year-old Barry Altschul, a drummer for Art Pepper and Lee Konitz who was in the milestone free-jazz group Circle with Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea and Dave Holland.
In the remarkable series of free jazz brought to the Hallwalls Contempary Arts Center largely through the auspices of inspired local jazz patron David Kennedy, the Ullman Swell Quartet stands out as one of the most impressive to come along in while. The quartet performs at 8 p.m. Thursday in Hallwalls. Admission is $15 general, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for Hallwalls members.
- Jeff Simon