Three Nights of Dave King @ Shapeshifter Lab This Weekend

The engine that drives The Bad Plus is combustive in a variety of ways. Watching the Minnesota drummer shift gears while constantly recalibrating tension is one of jazz’s more reliable joys. For this Gowanus hit, King matches wits with formidable NYC improvisers, from Tim Berne to Matt Mitchell to Craig Taborn. He also brings his Trucking Company quintet, whose gnarled bop always manages to dispense a smile or three. Also on the bill: The Gang Font, his mathy outfit that gives veteran bassist Greg Norton plenty of leeway for expression.

8:15 pm + 9:30 pm Shapeshifter Lab, 14 Whitwell Street, Brooklyn.

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