John Raymond @ Small’s on Monday

There’s something cagey about the interplay on trumpeter John Raymond’s upcoming Foreign Territory (Fresh Sound/New Talent). The now-local Minneapolis transplant bends a series of distinct notions into pithy performances that state their design intentions with true economy. Dramatic arcs arise, but Raymond touts his horn prowess and the band’s chemistry in succinct passages that have the vibe of rigorous miniatures. Should be interesting to see if this live gig – powered by a killer outfit that includes The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Rudy Royston – expands on that approach. Can’t make that date? Raymond leads a trio at Rockwood Music Hall 2 on April 9.

Small’s  183 West 10 Street 212-929-7565 March 30 7:30 pm $20

Village VOICE

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