DKV Trio, DJ Ken Vandermark | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Jan. 6, 9:30 p.m. 2010

Saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark has self-­consciously reached beyond jazz in shaping the aesthetics of newer ensembles like Fire Room and the Frame Quartet, but he hasn't forgotten his roots—and there's no better way to hear them than to see the DKV Trio. Vandermark, bassist Kent Kessler, and drummer Hamid Drake have been playing together in this configuration since the mid-90s, and while their obligations around the globe keep them from doing so very often these days—they've only had two Chicago gigs in the past year—whenever they pick up the thread again it's like they were never apart. Kessler's partnership with Vandermark stretches back beyond DKV's inception, and there is still no bassist who propels him more empathetically. Drake, who learned polyrhythms from around the world as a sideman to the likes of Don Cherry and Yusef Lateef, cycles those influences in and out of the action with such ease that you almost don't notice how spectacular his playing is. The trio will play two sets; between them Van­dermark will spin records from Ethiopia, where he's just been touring with members of the Ex. —Bill Meyer

Price: $10

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