Together again. George Lewis (the trombonist, synthesizerist, and highly respected new-music composer) and Douglas Ewart (the woodwind virtuoso, bandleader, and wooden-flute maker) first worked together in Fred Anderson’s bands of the early 70s; they proceeded to create memorable duet and small-group concepts on a fairly regular basis until Lewis moved on to New York and Paris. But he’s back this year, teaching at the School of the Art Institute; Ewart returned last year from a sojourn in Japan; and this concert marks the duo’s first Chicago appearance in longer than I care to recall. In the past, Ewart’s passionate expressions–on instruments ranging from bass clarinet through all the saxophones–were a sympathetic foil for Lewis’s increasingly theoretical synthesized constructs; whether that balance still holds and what new challenges the restless Lewis has prepared are among the questions this evening holds. No sure answers are promised, and you won’t find a more adventurous homecoming all year. Saturday, 8 PM Randolph Street Gallery, 756 N. Milwaukee; 666-7737.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Marc PoKempner, Lauren Deutsch.