Jazz, Lounge, & Cabaret, All Ages

Arts and Sciences / UVG

Arts and Sciences

When: Sun., May 9, 4:30 p.m. 2010

A lot of jazz trios are going the high-concept route these days, but few are as brave as the Holly Martins, a group that traffics in odd meters and complex harmonic ideas without the anchor of a traditional drum-bass rhythm section. Named for the protagonist in a 1949 British film noir, the group comprises saxophonist (and former Express employ) Kasey Knudsen, guitarist Eric Vogler, and scat singer Lorin Benedict, who sings in his own inimitable made-up language. They composed most of the music on their new album no. no. yes. no., but they also do heavily tweaked arrangements of stuff in the American songbook, including "All the Things You Are" and "Along Came Betty," which they perform in seven. Having no rhythm section might seem like a risky idea, but the group has a strong pulse and a lot of forward motion, anyway. Plus they have chemistry onstage. The Holly Martins perform Sunday, May 9, at the Jazzschool (2087 Addison St., Berkeley) with Art & Sciences quartet. 4:30 p.m., $15. Jazzschool.com

Rachel Swan

Price: $15

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