Local Licks

This week we review Aaron Bahr Dectet, Will Magid, Jessica Jones/Mark Taylor Quartet, and Tidelands.

Aaron Bahr Dectet, Prologue

The fact that Aaron Bahr kicked off his debut album with the cutely titled composition “Jazzschool Babies” shows how closely tied he is to the Berkeley institution that raised him. Bahr is a detail man: He writes for large ensembles, taking care to bring out small melodic ideas. Prologue includes four incandescent suites, a horn-plumped Beatles cover, and a nod to Miles. (Bahrnone)

At The Jazzschool (2087 Addison St., Berkeley) on Sunday, July 8. 4:30 p.m., $15

Will Magid, Midnight High

Well-executed fusion seems to be the Holy Grail for many musicians. Trumpeter and producer Will Magid comes pretty close. His debut album would most accurately be characterized as funk, but it borrows liberally from Latin, hip-hop, and even the Roaring Twenties. The vamps are a little self-indulgent, but the compositions have panache. (Happy Rabbit Music)

At Disco Volante (347 14th St., Oakland) on Friday, June 29. 8 p.m., free

Jessica Jones/Mark Taylor Quartet, Live at the Freight

Known for cultivating stars in the local jazz scene, Jessica Jones is both an insightful teacher and a dazzling tenor saxophonist. Her collaboration with French horn and mellophone player Mark Taylor produced cool, exquisite post-bop compositions, sewn from a million small gestures. (New Artist Records)

Tidelands, We’ve Got a Map

Despite being a small, unorthodox operation — there isn’t exactly a flourishing scene of drum/flugelhorn duos — Tidelands makes remarkably rich music, bolstered both by Gabriel Leis’ cryptic lyrics and by string arrangements from magic*magik orchestra. Leis, who plays guitar as well as horn, and drummer/keyboardist Mie Araki create warm, quilted harmonies that often hover on one or two chords. (self-released)

At Hemlock Tavern (1131 Polk St., San Francisco) on Thursday, June 14. 9 p.m., $7


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