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Two of Hauf's latest recordings were cut in Chicago during a 2010 visit, and they both bring together players from the improvised and experimental-music communities. Next Delusion (Clean Feed) is a sextet outing with fellow reedists Stein and Keefe Jackson and drummers Frank Rosaly, Steve Hess, and Michael Hartman, and as Reader contributor Bill Meyer writes in his liner notes, "You might find the Berlin-based saxophonist's accompanists on the same bill, but not in the same group." Indeed, Hauf combines aesthetics and personnel from both worlds not only on Next Delusion but also on Proxemics (Creative Sources), a quartet album with Jackson, Hess, and keyboardist Judith Unterpertinger; they dig deep into sustained drones rippling with subtle textural variation, while maintaining a clearly improvisational mind-set.
Everyone joining Hauf for Wednesday's performance is rooted in Chicago's jazz and improvised-music community, but all of them are flexible enough that things could go in any direction. Below you can listen to a piece from Next Delusion.
Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music Society, Father of Origin (Eremite)
András Schiff, Robert Schumann: Geistervariationen (ECM)
Ralph Alessi, Wiry Strong (Clean Feed)
Romulo Fróes, Um Labirinto em Cada Pé (YB Music)
Bobby Hutcherson, Happenings (Blue Note)