Columbus, Ohio, keyboardist Stephen Wood brings his soul jazz project Postal to Kijiji Coffee House on Jefferson Street Saturday night at 8 pm. Though their press release describes them as a "jazz-groove quintet," don't be fooled into thinking that in any way means "smooth jazz." Wood is a great composer, and the rhythm section, which definitely leans toward modern funk/hip-hop grooves, is killin'. Think Medeski Martin Wood meet Largo-period Brad Mehldau.
On their 2003 disc Theory of Chaconne, Wood sticks to Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes, and the mood varies from the aforementioned groups to Silent Way-era Miles. With so few traveling modern jazz acts coming Nashville, we suggest you pounce on this opportunity. And for those of you who haven't checked out Kijiji, here's a great reason to rectify the situation.
♦ A night billed as "The Cynical Sounds of East Nashville" gathers a gallery of jaded dudes from across the river to share their sardonic songs. You'll hear Ole Mossy Face (soon to have a new record called Chinese Democracy), Falls City Angels, The Bubblegum Complex (playing songs from their EP Wonderkids), Hammond organ-powered Ghostfinger, and the kinder, gentler Alcohol Stuntband. Wear your most blasé expression Saturday night at The End.
♦ Fat Possum act Thee Shams, heavy-groove garage rockers who could pass for this generation's Standells, heat up Grimey's Basement Saturday night. Their cover of Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go" is especially chaotic. And their album cover has a nekkid woman on it.