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Ryan Keberle and Catharsis

The current climate has inspired a number of jazz artists to make politically engaged music, and Ryan Keberle helped lead the charge with his most recent recording, “Find The Common, Shine A Light,” which DownBeat called “a project that could speak both to the current state of political unrest and to music’s ability to overcome it.” The album—one of two the band has made since their first visit here three years ago—mixes Keberle originals (some with words, some without) and pointed covers (“The Fool On The Hill,” “The Times They Are A-Changin’”), all utilizing the trademark Catharsis sound of two horns and voice intertwining over grooves laid down by bass and drums. Over more than half a decade now, that sound—deeply informed by a variety of South American traditions—has been honed over four albums and steady touring, as Keberle has created a rarity in today’s jazz world: a long-term working band. Keberle is in the vanguard of a new generation of trombonists raising the instrument’s profile. He gained some visibility early on through his sideman work with indie groundbreakers like Sufjan Stevens and R&B superstars like Beyoncé and Alicia Keys. But it’s as a bandleader and composer in his own right that Keberle has really made his mark. Ryan now includes keyboards in Catharsis’ instrumental arsenal, and the addition of multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson to the band adds saxophone to the mix. For this show, Camila Meza, busy with a gig for Pat Metheny, is replaced by rising star vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles.

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