No identity crisis

By JON GARELICK  |  February 8, 2010

At the Regattabar, the band will be playing material written on a commission from Chamber Music America, as well as pieces from their three albums. But that older material might sound a bit different, since Steckler says that part of his work these days has included dusting off old compositions and tightening them up. "It's a big tendency when you're young to overwrite, and I still fall into that trap a lot. I think I'm a better editor of my compositions."

These days, he adds, there's a lot more room for collective improvisation among the players. "I think the players are happier when I do that. Definitely." The players at the Regattabar will include long-time DCB members Jared Sims and Charlie Kohlhase (saxophones) and Bill Carbone (drums), plus more recent member Terry Goss on sax and Will Slater on bass.

NANDO MICHELIN & SOFIA KOUTSOVITIS | Berklee School of Music, Lawrence and Alma Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston St, Boston | February 1 at 1 pm | free |www.berklee.edu/events  | NANDO MICHELIN TRIO | Beehive, 541 Tremont St, Boston | February 2 at 8 pm | Free | 617.423.0069 orwww.beehiveboston.com | The Dead Cat Bounce show at the Regattabar has been cancelled.

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