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Jazz guitarist Dan Phillips caps off another return to Chicago with the release show for his latest two CDs

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While electric guitarist Dan Phillips spends most of his time in Bangkok, Thailand, where he teaches music at Silpakorn University, he heads back to Chicago every year to visit family and reconnect with a music scene that shaped his aesthetic sense. Most of his local gigs this time have been with shifting four-piece lineups that pit his liquid tone and fluent phrasing against a series of extroverted horn or keyboard players. But for this concert, his last before heading back to Asia, he'll play in a trio to celebrate his musical partnerships with its players and their two new CDs: the recent Divergent Flow and last fall’s Converging Tributaries, which also features former Chicagoan Jeb Bishop on trombone. Bassist Krzysztof Pabian’s command of swinging rhythms, precise unisons, and contrapuntal bowing have made him Phillips’s go-to on the instrument since 1997, and he’s been the guitarist’s constant accompanist during all the gigs on his current visit. Drummer Tim Daisy is a more recent associate, but his fluid shifts between meterless coloration, asymmetrical structures, and light-stepping grooves help to push the guitarist into the more adventurous territory he explores on both releases.   v

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