The guitarist's distinction lies in his ability to maintain his poise when saxophonists like Brown or Mateen crank the intensity off the charts. Rather than fall back on a noise barrage of avant-garde cliches, Eisenbeil prefers a complementary tack -- smoothly executed, single-note lines and well-placed, tastefully screwy chords -- which deepens the music's range without dampening its edge.
Eisenbeil makes his Bay Area debut with a pair of concerts at the city's creative-music havens the Luggage Store Gallery and Venue 9. At the Luggage Store, the guitarist teams up with veteran trumpeter Eddie Gale, who has worked with new-music maestros Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra, and up-and-coming contrabass expressionists Adam Lane and Damon Smith. At Venue 9, he intends to perform solo and in group improvisations with wildman bassist Morgan Guberman and experimental percussionist/sound designer Andre Custodio.
-- Sam Prestianni
Bruce Eisenbeil appears on Thursday, Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market (at Sixth Street). Tickets are $6-10; call 255-5971. He also performs on Friday, Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m. at 58 Tehama (at Howard), S.F. Tickets are $6-10; call 896-6434. And also Friday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 p.m. at Venue 9, 252 Ninth St. (at Folsom). Tickets are $6-10; call 289-2000.