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Predicate Trio: Baritone sax that rattles & rolls

October 30, 2018 GMT

Unconventional sounds erupt and morph into something else during the playing of the jazz group Predicate Trio with Josh Sinton. You may be reminded of:

Whale sounds, a wounded animal in an alley filled with trash cans, the soundtrack to a thriller film, a subway car braking, the jazzy streets of New York at night or maybe “Stomp” meets the theme from “Pscyho.” So strap yourself in.

Baritone saxophonist and bass clarinetist Sinton (also in the band Musicianer), with cellist Chris Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey, sound so much like a helter-skelter soundtrack because there is lyricism and intellect at work, notes a news release. The effect is more mesmerizing than comforting (think experimental jazz such as that of Julius Hemphill, for example).


The trio can be seen in a CD release concert at Firehouse 12 Friday, Nov. 9, doing the musical equivalent of “making bones, taking draughts, bearing unstable millstones pridefully, idiotically, prosaically,” says the publicist’s email.

Firehouse 12, 45 Crown St., New Haven, Friday, Nov. 9, 8:30 and 10 p.m., $20-$15. 203-785-0468.