Recalls Reed, "Ira said, 'When you want these things to happen that I see on paper and look at as either blunders or bad choices, you really mean that, and now I can hear why you meant that, and it makes a lot of sense.' So by the second rehearsal, everyone was really into it."
Speaking of Mingus: Toronto trumpeter Lina Allemano — who visits the Lily Pad Saturday with her quartet — has a toothsome new album, Jargon (Lumo), that shows her of a like mind with Reed, Mingus, and, oh, Ornette Coleman. Think in particular of Mingus's great quartet with Eric Dolphy and Ted Curson when, it's said, he was trying to cop some of Ornette's magic. On the tune "Guadalajara," Allemano, alto-saxophonist Brodie West, bassist Andrew Downing, and drummer Nick Fraser combine compositional detail, melodic grace, spontaneous invention, and a kind of soft, burbling swing that's to die for.
CHUCHO VALDÉS & THE AFRO-CUBAN MESSENGERS | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Mass Ave, Cambridge | October 28 at 8 pm | $39-$49 | 617.482.6661 or celebrityseries.org | MIKE REED'S PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS | Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge | October 15 at 7 pm | $10 | lily-pad.net | LINA ALLEMANO FOUR | Lily Pad | October 16 at 10 pm | $10
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