Combo’s col­lab­o­ra­tion: Open Loose

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Jazz com­bos tra­di­tion­ally aim for a tight sound. Open Loose does not fully buck this trend — de­spite the trio’s name. Though the play­ers im­pose no re­stric­tions on their im­pro­visatory wan­der­ings, they are fully ca­pa­ble of play­ing in the pocket. Con­sist­ing of Mark Helias on bass, Tony Mal­aby on tenor sax, and Tom Rainey on drums, Open Loose ex­plores the divide be­tween col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­di­vid­ual ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. All three avant-garde jazz mu­si­cians are con­sid­ered ex­em­plary on their re­spec­tive in­stru­ments, and band­leader Helias has achieved fur­ther distinc­tion as a com­poser. The trio vis­its Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St., www.gigsantafe.com) on Satur­day, April 4. Tick­ets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $20 at the door. — L.B.

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