While it’s impossible to pinpoint a single peak in John Coltrane’s vast discography, Ascension is one of his most intense expressions of transcendental intent. Local musician Joshua Abrams knows his Coltrane, so it’s no accident that he’s given the name Descension to this summit between his group Natural Information Society and English saxophonist (and fellow […]
Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, saxophonist Evan Parker, and percussionist Paul Lytton are all members of the first generation of musicians from England and Europe to respond to the example of American free jazz with proposals of their own. Each man has attained singular mastery of his instrument, and between them they’ve stripped the jazz vernacular […]
Pianist Alexander Hawkins and reedist Shabaka Hutchings, both imaginative and versatile players, debut at the Chicago Jazz Festival on Sunday with Louis Moholo-Moholo.
Tomeka Reid’s Chicago Jazz String Summit starts strong tonight with a rare chance to see three world-class players in intimate solo and duo sets.
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.
German improvising pianist Uwe Oberg has been firing on all cylinders lately.
A new release presents the group’s earliest recordings from April of 1972.
This month’s stack of record reviews will get you better acquainted with Ben Frost’s defibrillating body music, Dawn Golden’s alchemical electro-pop, and lots more.
Versatile saxophonist Dave Liebman and jazz-tango bassist Pablo Aslan perform in Chicago this weekend.
The improvising British reedist on how electronic processing enriches acoustic interplay
Critics’ Choices and other notable concerts: David Daniell & Douglas McCombs, Sunny Day Real Estate, the Urinals, Otis Clay, Death, Thee Oh Sees, and more
Norwegian bassist (and former Chicagoan) Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten returns to town for five days of concerts, starting Wednesday at the Hideout.
Reedist Ned Rothenberg plays in Chicago