Jordan Baskin Trio Member Picks Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Jan. 27, 5 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 28, 5 p.m. 2012

Chicago native Jordan Baskin is a fixture on the local mainstream jazz scene, both as a bandleader and as a sideman for other musicians, including saxophonist Mike Smith, singer Kimberly Gordon, and trumpeter Odies Williams. Last year his long-running trio with bassist Jake Vinsel and drummer Brian Ritter self-released its debut album, High Card; taped in the pianist's living room, it's a briskly swinging collection where well-chosen tunes by Joe Henderson and Kenny Dorham fit right in alongside the originals. Part of what makes Baskin a superb accompanist is his restraint, and he doesn't abandon that quality when he leads his own bands. His congenial themes work well as improvisational frameworks and his solos are thoughtfully constructed, but what I enjoy most are his chord choices, which give his left-hand lines beguiling harmonic shapes. —Peter Margasak

Price: $10

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