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Daniele D'Agaro Quartet With Sean Bergin


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If jazz were a smorgasbord, Italian clarinetist and tenor saxophonist Daniele D'Agaro would sample a bit of everything but never pig out. His lush, tremulous tenor tone would've fit right in with the Ellington Orchestra's horn section, and his knack for negotiating obstacle courses of offbeat rhythms at a brisk pace suggests he's paid close attention to the late-50s work of Rollins, Coltrane, and Monk. He demonstrates his facility with more modern methods on "Ultramarine #13," a piece from his latest album, Chicago Overtones (Hatology); its graphic score provokes unusually contoured but carefully modulated performances from drummer Robert Barry, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and bassist Kent Kessler. Bishop and Kessler will join him at this show, with Frank Rosaly in the drummer's seat, and South African reedist Sean Bergin is aboard as a guest--which promises to make the set especially interesting. Bergin and D'Agaro have played together often since 1990, when they both lived in Amsterdam; D'Agaro plans to take advantage of his old buddy's talents by working a bit of kwela (South African pop) into the set. Ken Vandermark spins. D'Agaro also plays with two different groups on Sunday, July 9, at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont; call 773-935-2118. Wed 6/5, 9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $9.

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