Unlike Coltrane disciples who try to mimic the great saxophonist's phrasing and tone, Chan unpretentiously affects the latter-day Trane duality of peaceful yet relentless searching. There's zero anxiousness in Chan's playing, little upper-register skronk; each extrapolation attempts to instill the music with a sense of forward pitch and energized adventure. To this end, Chan employs a variety of compositional approaches, from the Ornette Coleman-inspired ferment of "Snap, Crackle, Pop"; to the groove vamp of "Infringe-ment"; to the hypnotic textural soundscape of "Dreams/Silver Skies," on which Kavee pairs his arco cello with Dunn's contrabass. Remarkably mature for his years, Jeff Chan's performance stands out as a model of thoughtful musicianship.
-- Sam Prestianni
Jeff Chan appears with Francis Wong (tenor sax), Alec Ramsdell (piano), Adam Lane (bass), and Jerome Breyerton (drums) on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. at Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (between Folsom and Howard). Tickets are $6-10 (sliding scale); call 626-2169.