GIANNI GEBBIA | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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This astounding Sicilian reedist, whose main instruments are the alto and sopranino saxophones as well as the flute, can play in almost any style and sometimes several at once. On Arcana Maior, a series of solos played in response to a tarot deck, he merges hurtling sound columns a la Evan Parker with the chill lyricism of Jackie McLean. On the trio date People in Motion, with bassist Damon Smith and percussionist Garth Powell, he combines coarse drones and Zorn-like duck-call mayhem. And in his ongoing duo with bassist and electronicist Daniele Camarda, Dell'incertezza (which translates as "about uncertainty"), Gebbia manages an oil-and-water mix of breathy lyricism and pungent percussive pops. Tonight both he and Camarda will play solo, and then Gebbia will join the Valentine Trio (cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Frank Rosaly) for an improvised set. On Thursday Dell'incertezza plays as a duo and with other locals; see separate item. a 9:30 PM, Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, 773-227-4433, $7.

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