Atomic plays what I like to think of as free jazz for prog fans—-relatively accessible avant-jazz that revels in stop/start dynamics, abrupt thematic shifts, bizarre time signatures, blazingly intense solos, and the juxtaposition of beautiful melody with raucous dissonance. Despite the near-destruction (twice!) of a borrowed upright bass, the quintet successfully ran through a set of mostly brand-new material last night at Twins Jazz to a good-sized, enthusiastic audience.

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