By Zoe Leverant
Tenor and soprano sax whiz Matt Parker celebrates his second album Present Time (out February 12) at this show featuring the pared-down trio that recorded the LP. It’s tempting to describe Parker’s style as noodling — he revels in the same masterful but easygoing playfulness that makes a great guitar solo. But he moves easily between styles, equally comfortable exploring the limits of free jazz or faithfully evoking a New Orleans second line. The pair that backs him up—bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Reggie Quinerly—are well-versed in supporting his genre-hopping style, which makes sense, since the three spent their undergrad together at the New School. Adding a special touch to this performance are Michael Arthur, a Brooklyn artist who draws nightlife, and vocalist Emily Braden.