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The continuing evolution of guitarist Fareed Haque has been among the more satisfying events of recent years, as he has steadily learned more about what to keep, what to throw out, and how best to funnel his prodigious technique into highly focused art. Even when there were doubts about his musical maturity, there was no question about his versatility. It shows up on his own albums (his third is due later this year), on his resume–which includes stints with Sting on the one hand, and on the other his regular Monday-night gig with Ed Petersen’s hard-core jazz quintet–and on this unusual evening of pas de deux at the Bop Shop. In addition to playing solo classical guitar works, Haque plans to hook up with guitarist David Onderdonk for jazz improvisations; with flutist Marc Perlish on several pieces of 20th-century classical music; and with flamenco guitarist Richard Brune (Haque has a more than passing familiarity with Spanish and Latin American guitar traditions). They might have called the evening “Ad Haque,” but apparently cooler heads prevailed. Wednesday, Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division; 235-3232.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Francisco Caceres.