BOBBY BROOM TRIO | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Few Chicagoans exemplify the taken-for-granted local genius better than Bobby Broom. He's one of the greatest guitarists in jazz today, but because he holds down a few low-key weekly gigs when he's in town, he doesn't get the attention he deserves. Discovered at 16 by Sonny Rollins, he played in the tenor titan's band in the 80s, rejoined it in 2005, and appeared on last year's Sonny, Please. Broom's superb new album with his own trio, Song and Dance (Origin), shows off his monster skills as a straight-ahead improviser. Working with the strong, flexible rhythm section of bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins, Broom returns to the pop and R & B hits he grew up on; with sharp, inventive arrangements and fresh melodic phrases rendered in his bell-clear tone, he helps tunes like "Where Is the Love?" and "Wichita Lineman" bloom again. These Wednesday nights at Pete Miller's are one of Broom's regular gigs; he also plays Tuesdays at the Green Mill in the excellent Deep Blue Organ Trio and Sundays at Cafe 28 in a guitar duo with Sergio Pires. a 8:30 PM, Pete Miller's Seafood & Prime Steak, 1557 Sherman, Evanston, 847-328-0399. F A

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