Chicago-based bass player Josh Abrams has dropped grooves for the hip-hop outfit the Roots and has been spending time with Town and Country, a postrock ensemble that takes a few cues from Morton Feldman. The eclectic Abrams’ latest project, Cipher (Delmark), finds him moving into jazzier realms. Here, he takes full advantage of some of the talent floating around Chicago these days. Reedist Guillermo Gregorio and trumpeter Axel Dorner have international reps, but they currently live and play in the city. Abrams matched them up with another local, guitarist Jeff Parker.
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