V.L.P. (Vlatkovich, Liebig, and Powell) and the Ochs-Robinsonn Duo team up for a double bill of free improvised music at Center for New Music.
While the band name V.L.P. may stir nebulous memory remnants of some progressive rock supergroup of a bygone era, it’s actually something of a creative jazz supergroup of this present era. V.L.P. stands for Vlatkovich, Liebig, and Powell, more completely trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, bass guitarist Steuart Liebig, and drummer-percussionist Garth Powell. What can be said about these three adept and distinguished artists? Each member of this aggregation is a veteran musician who has thoroughly demonstrated his aptitude for creative, spontaneous music-making, and this trio of heavy hitters, assembled with the idea of presenting some accomplished and adventurous improvised music, promises to bring it. – Alex Cline
Although Ochs and Robinson have collaborated in various groups for more than 20 years – including in the trio What We Live with bassist Lisle Ellis – their duo is a recent phenomenon, having developed over the past couple of years. Ochs says: “Our playing together has evolved to a really special place, I think. We’re definitely coming out of the tradition of horn-drum duos from John Coltrane & Rashied Ali to Wadada Leo Smith & Billy Higgins, but we’ve found our own space after a long stretch of shows together. Our set will include new, original material, with some high-energy playing and things that are more spatial, as well as some homages to more popular music. In a sparse setting like this, the music hits a listener right away – nothing is obscured, everything is clear.