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Improvising trio Icepick renew jazz’s love affair with the El on their third LP, Hellraiser

Sun Ra may have told everyone he was from Saturn, but the Afrofuturistic avant-gardist spent the 1950s in Chicago. While he was here, he recorded “El Is a Sound of Joy,” jazz’s greatest tribute to the city’s public transport system. No one in improvising trio Icepick—bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, trumpeter Nate Wooley, and drummer Chris […]

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The agile duo of bassist Darin Gray and drummer Chris Corsano find a new sparring partner in Jeff Tweedy

One of the less celebrated legacies of former Chicagoan Jim O’Rourke has been bringing together strong, idiosyncratic musicians who then forge lasting bonds. In 2001 he shepherded drummer Glenn Kotche, whom he had worked with extensively, into the Wilco fold. Four years later he lassoed the energy of drummer Chris Corsano and underground rock bassist […]