Jeff Parker-Nels Cline Quartet | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Jazz | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m. 2013

Guitarists Jeff Parker and Nels Cline are among the most creative musicians alive, and both are decidedly genre averse. They’re jazz musicians at heart, yet they’re best known for playing in rock bands—Parker in Tortoise, Cline in Wilco. They’ve only made one record together, as sidemen to drummer Scott Amendola on his excellent 2005 album Believe, but for nearly a decade they’ve sporadically led this quartet with drummer Frank Rosaly and bassist Nate McBride, and for all those years it’s existed to do just one thing: interpret The Turning Point, a brilliant 1964 album by pianist Paul Bley, Sun Ra saxophonist John Gilmore, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Paul Motian. (It was issued in 1975 by Bley’s Improvising Artists label.) The recording is an elegantly lyrical dose of free jazz, applied to gorgeous compositions by Paul Bley, Carla Bley, and Annette Peacock; Parker and Cline put their own stamp on the music, unspooling sour-sweet, gentle-noisy counterpoint on each of the pretty themes while the deft rhythm section roils underneath. —Peter Margasak

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