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Human Feel Recommended 18+ Agenda Soundboard Image

When: Wed., July 2, 9:30 p.m. 2014

Human Feel formed in 1987, when reedists Chris Speed and Andrew D’Angelo and drummer Jim Black were all studying music as college students in Boston; three years later guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel came aboard to make it a quartet. The group operates as a true collective, with everyone contributing compositions and shaping the material through extensive improvisation. Over the years all the band’s members have come to shape the younger generation of players, directly or indirectly. Perhaps no guitarist in the past decade has been more influential than Rosenwinkel, who colors the rich harmonies of his misty, lyrical style with wordless vocalizing. And Speed and Black’s work in Tim Berne’s Bloodcount has seemed to spawn an entire new scene in London. Human Feel hasn’t been especially active since the 90s, but in 2007 it released Galore (Skirl), a bruising session that combines jagged, lumbering postfunk rhythms (Black has never met a rhythm he couldn’t make infectiously wobbly), snaking melodic lines, and oddly contrary harmonic motion from Rosenwinkel relative to the background chords. As always, the music is graceful and poised but at the same time boisterous and rude—few bands can find such a perfect sweet spot between those polar opposites. Unbelievably, this is Human Feel’s first-ever Chicago performance—and because the group has just finished a new album called Experience the Experience, you can expect to hear loads of new material. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20, $15 in advance

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