It was in 2007 that Jay Sanders (of the bass-and-guitar combo called the N/S Stick) and Steve Alford (alto clarinet) formed the E.Normus Trio, out of jam sessions at the now-defunct Joli Rouge and in honor of Alford's dog, Norman E. Normus. Drummer Michael W. Davis rounds out the trio; together they recently recorded Love and Barbiturates
. Of that album (recorded with little overdubbing or variance in texture and layering), the band says, "The debate is still ongoing as to whether this is a jazz, rock or soul record, or something new altogether." Decide for yourself at the CD release party on Thursday, Aug. 2 at The Lab. J.Ray Goes Beatnik opens. 9 p.m., $5. http://lexavebrew.com.
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