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Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet @ Hallwalls

Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet

Thursday, March 27

syt7Listening to the music of trumpeter Bobby Bradford, you might mistake his fluid jazz maneuvers for something he’s written down on paper, performed, and practiced hundreds of times. With a musical memory like Bradford’s though, composing is simply a matter of adding lips to brass. The sensational 79-year-old, born in Cleveland, Mississippi, is able to instantaneously create complex and elongated solos that call to mind greats like Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson. Now, as the leader of an international band of equally talented musicians, which includes Norwegian saxophone player Frode Gjerstad; American drummer Frank Rosaly; and another Norwegian, bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, who some might remember as leader of Young Mothers—the freak-jazz outfit that kicked off Hallwalls’ 2014 concert series—Bradford and company have taken their improvisational free-jazz stylings to another level. Catch the Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center next Thursday (March 27).

– cory perla

8pm Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave. (854-1694 / hallwalls.org) FREE ($10-15 suggested donation)