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Bare Bones: Trombone Blastoff at the Hi-Ho Lounge 

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Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos has a daunting catalog. With 33 years of live and recorded free jazz under his belt, Wierbos' swerving honk has graced no fewer than 100 albums alongside players as far-flung — continentally, if not creatively — as Amsterdam's Instant Composers Pool Orchestra and New York City's Sonic Youth. Despite the voluminous output (and regular visits to New Orleans, a favorite enclave for fellow Pool titans Han Bennink and Peter Brotzmann), to be privy to one of Wierbos' expressive, extemporaneous performances often means having to be there yourself. An exception is the March 2008 Bare Bones tournament at the Blue Nile, wherein Jeff Albert captured more than an hour of trombone jousts, a series of one-on-ones structured like a hornblowers' celebrity death match: Wierbos took on Albert, Rick Trolsen, Mark McGrain and Big Sam Williams, each of whom faced one another before joining forces in a 15-minute free-for-all uprising. The entire animalistic set is online (, and it gives some sense of what you can expect from this residency, in which Wierbos plays solo at Fair Grinds Coffee House (8 p.m. Wednesday), enlists in a Bare Bones rematch at the Hi-Ho Lounge and gets weird with the Fretless Continuum, aka cellist Helen Gillet and guitarist Dave Easley, at Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center (8:30 p.m. Thursday). It's less call-and-response, more call-and-revolt. Call for ticket information. — Noah Bonaparte Pais


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