The Bottesini Project is based on free improvisations, which means each of the group's shows offer entirely different experiences. The results are often as diverse as the musicians leader Paul Riola recruits for concerts and albums. His group of constantly revolving players has included nationally known musicians like Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, Nels Cline Singers drummer Scott Amendola, Tortoise's Jeff Parker, guitarist Fred Frith, reedsman Vinny Golia, DJ Olive and others.
"Each performance of Bottesini will focus strongly on a programmatic approach to free improvisation," Riola says. "The intent of this approach is to create musical landscapes with inherent form and structure; thus, lending the impression of composed rehearsed music."
The Bottesini Project's latest, Naima's Grass Pajamas, released last year on Bocumast, featured a fair amount of electronics and some fine laptop wizardry by CacheFlowe. For the group's next album, which will be recorded live with an audience at Notably Fine Audio, Riola has assembled a cast of mainly acoustic players, including trumpeter Glen Whitehead, bassist Doug Anderson, drummer Jay Ellis and Glenn Taylor, longtime Bottisini fixture and pedal steel player. The session starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27. Cover is $10.
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