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Live Review: Red Bull Music Presents Round Robin in Chicago

Apparently, it was a total coincidence that Red Bull Music scheduled its Chicago “round robin” improvisation during the Chicago Jazz Festival. Perhaps also by coincidence, none of the 16 musicians participating at Thalia Hall on Aug. 30 were headliners at the festival in Millennium Park—although each of them, capped by the legendary saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, … Read More “Live Review: Red Bull Music Presents Round Robin in Chicago”

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Jeff Parker: The New Breed

Jeff Parker, a guitarist best known for his work in the experimental Chicago rock band Tortoise, favors a clean tone with a judicious hint of delay. He’s a master of soulful phrasing, fluent but never flashy, and tends to present himself as the straight man in musical situations that could tilt in any direction-toward loopy … Read More “Jeff Parker: The New Breed”

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