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Floating heavyweights

By JON GARELICK  |  April 13, 2011

The title track from Michael Feinberg's With Many Hands sets up a floating, off-kilter theme between tenor and alto sax that could be a 21st-century updating of the encounters between Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. But that would give a false impression of the whole. Feinberg likes compositions with plenty of clearly defined objectives and plenty of open space. But he also has a taste for more-aggressive rock rhythms. So he launches that beautiful interplay for tenor Noah Preminger and alto Godwin Louis, but also steely unison lines for pianist Julian Shore and guitarist Alex Wintz. Listen to the insidious gravitational pull of Shore's Fender Rhodes chords and Feinberg's bass on the theme of "Temple Tales," or the all-out aggression of "The Hard Stuff." Feinberg is only 23, and all the players on the CD are under 25. (Daniel Platzman is the drummer.) They'll all be at the Beehive on April 26.

One other show for jazz and guitar freaks: though, to my knowledge, they're not selling a CD, jazz-rock-guitar godfathers Mick Goodrick and John Abercrombie front a quartet at Johnny D's this Friday, the 15th.

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