Sax, Drum, and Wednesday Night

Brains and others perform tonight (Weds. July 6) at the Subterranean Art House (2179 Bancroft Way, Berkeley), 9:00 p.m., $10-$15 sliding scale.

 Brains is the Bay Area duo of Drew Ceccato on sax and Chris Golinski on drums, and they conjure up some pretty good free-jazz improvisations.

I’ve just now listened to their first, self-titled, album, which is available on Bandcamp. Consisting of four long tracks, it’s got some good improvising in that “throwback ’70s free jazz” motif, as the band’s bio puts it. But they also add a lot of tricks from the free-improv camp, in terms of loud shrieks and quiet buzzes from Ceccato’s sax.

I don’t have time for a proper writeup now — just know that they sound pretty darned cool.

Also on the bill tonight are the Karl Evangelista Trio and the electronics duo of Scott Looney and Tim Perkis (with Frank Gratkowski as a guest). Evangelista organized this show and hopes to get a series going at the Subterranean Art House, to replace the one he’d run at The Ivy Room. I hope it works.