Jazz musicians have, from the start, tried to evoke other sounds with their instruments: a train, a thunderstorm, a human voice. . . Computers have only made the practice easier. Trumpet player Peter Evans continues the tradition in a very 21st-century way. His quintet, comprising the classic piano, bass and drums, also includes a member on live electronics, processing the instruments in real time, improvising in a way that Charlie Parker could only have dreamed.
This is to say, don’t come to this one expecting to hear tunes from the Great American Songbook. The group’s take on standards is anything but. When he’s not leading his jazz group, Evans also performs contemporary classical music and electro-acoustic music, and has collaborated with members of rock bands the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hella.
Peter Evans Quintet will perform at EMPAC (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy) tomorrow (Friday, March 29) at 8 PM. Tickets are $18. Call 276-3921 for more info.