The most powerful storm I've ever seen was at the Big Bend National Park in the isolated elbow of Texas. A tremendous set of clouds marched toward our site in the valley between desert mountains, catching on a ridge and letting loose in safe viewing distance. Unable to look away from such a gorgeous thing, there was a deference to the power, too — a fear of what it might be capable of.
Part of The Jazz Gallery's 20th anniversary series, reedist Henry Threadgill, pianist Vijay Iyer, and drummer Dafnis Prieto evoked a similar atavistic feeling this past Saturday night. The trio blasted in a storm of rhythm, with Threadgill's voice serving as the violent wind. In tandem, Iyer and Prieto evoked a brooding landscape, as intricate as it was expansive.