Marlene Rosenberg Quartet
Long one of Chicago's go-to bass players with her impeccble time feel and natural, deep- in-the-wood sound, Marlene Rosenberg has accompanied a long list of jazz greats, including Joe Henderson, Cedar Walton and Ed Thigpen. But it's as a leader that she makes the deepest impression – never deeper than with the band she'll lead today: tenor and soprano saxophonist Geof Bradfield, guitarist Scott Hesse and drummer Makaya McCraven.
The quartet will perform tracks from Bassprint, Rosenberg's terrific 2012 album, her first in a decade. We won't say we were happy waiting that long, but with its distinctive originals and smartly programmed compositions by Wayne Shorter and Kenny Barron, Bassprint amply rewards our patience. Marked by bright harmonies and lively interplay among the players, and propelled by Rosenberg's cleanly articulated lines, even songs written years ago have a fresh spark. Bradfield, a leader in his own right, has a habit of turning up alongside artists making their best music. Here, he does it again.