There has always been one major problem with what's known as "free jazz." Just because you can do what you want at any given moment doesn't mean that everything you do will be interesting.
So you need Free Jazz musicians who are musicians first, free jazz musicians second. And that's what you'll find this Saturday evening with one of the better bookings of the season at Hallwalls at 8 p.m., 341 Delaware Ave. What will be heard then will be The 3 Dom Factor, the first group drummer Barry Altschul has been a leader of in 25 years.
Altschul was one of the greatest jazz drummers in one of its most adventurous era, the '70's, when he performed in Circle with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Dave Holland, as well as Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Steve Swallow and others. He's continued to be one of the freest and most venerable of drummers in jazz ever since for jazz musicians up through Ray Anderson and Uri Caine.
The 3Dom Factor is composed of Altschul on drums, Joe Fonda on bass and the great trouble-making saxpohonist Jon Irabagon, who previously appeared in the Albright Knox Art of Jazz series in the wild band that calls itself Mostly Other People Do the Killing.
The 3 Dom Factor is one of the season's better jazz events this evening. General admission costs $15, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for Hallwalls Members.