Monday: Liz Durette, Emmalee Hunnicutt, Sarah Louise

Aug. 14

Now up on Bandcamp and fit for a proper release later on Ehse Records in the month is Liz Durette's "Six Improvisations"—an avant-pleasant album of compositions on the Rhodes electric piano. In these searching, soft focus instrumentals, Durette moves through melodies and moods (it reminds me of tricky takes on standards heard on albums like Theolonious Monk's "Solo Monk" or Derek Bailey's "Ballads") that sometimes feel like the loafy parts of one of those epic Sun Ra moog solos (this is a good thing) or maybe something from a sleepy part of a kids game for the Nintendo Wii (also a good thing). Or as Ehse Records puts it, "moods are often folded in on themselves, further and further articulating the dimensions of some obscure sound Liz pulls out of her imagination." Also on the bill tonight: cello improvisations from Emmalee Hunnicutt and 12-string guitar work from Sarah Louise. 9 p.m., The Red Room at Normal's Books and Records, 425 E. 31st St.,, $5-$10. (Brandon Soderberg)

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