Centerstage review by Scott Morrow

CF 140Herculaneum – Herculaneum III (CF 140)
An easygoing jazz septet with plenty of substance, Herculaneum excels with restrained rhythms and a nimble brass section—one that provides grooves with its occasionally wailing leads. This performance celebrates the release of the group’s newest disc, Herculaneum III, on Portuguese indie label Clean Feed Records. At times, III is a bit more “out” than its predecessor, Orange Blossom, and it often emphasizes the flute work of Nate Lepine, who doubles as the band’s tenor saxophonist. But a track like “Italian Ice” is as cool as its name, and the group typically dispatches its members in miniature arrangements instead of layering for cacophonous effect. As for those members, each is an esteemed (and busy) member of the local music scene, meaning that Herculaneum doesn’t perform often. Be sure not to miss this one.

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