They have the ability to move like an amoeba - fluid and unpredictable. The cornetist’s mid-sized outfit is known for its shape-shifting skills, and if that means the trombonist waxes bittersweet while the guitarist grinds her fist bloody, so be it. He’s touring a new, extended piece entitled “Navigation Abstract,” and this particular show gives us a chance to hear what the band sounds like with two drummers - Chad Taylor makes it a septet for the evening.
The Kneebody saxophonist has proven his chops in myriad local gigs during the past few years. And while hearing him play in a trio setting is a joy, the midsize ensemble from the new Frame really gives you insight into his artistic innards. Architecture is key; the keyboard-centric tunes have an arranger’s touch, and buoyancy is everywhere. This music bubbles over.