Tone Madison January 2017

Instrumental trio Major Vistas made an unassuming but refreshing addition to Madison's jazz landscape with their 2016 debut album Minor Anthems. Guitarist Chris Bucheit, keyboardist Mike Weiser, and drummer Geoff Brady approach tracks like "Cool Voice," "Beginning Mind," and "Bell Tones" with a bit of jazz-inspired complexity and improvisation, but also leave enough space to work in more contemporary cues from jazz and electronic music. The result is a set of compositions that make their points patiently, covering a lot of emotional territory but never crowding out the band's conversational melodies. The cozy and informal Mason Lounge should be a good setting to hear some Minor Anthems tracks and hopefully some new material. —Scott Gordon