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In jazz, it's not that unusual for a player of one instrument to be influenced by those of another. In fact, many breakthroughs in instrumental style have come about when a musician heard another sound and then challenged the limitations of his own instrument to achieve it. When guitarist Joshua Breakstone began listening to jazz, he paid close attention to the great postbop trumpet players, and it shows--in his easy, one-note-at-a-time approach to melody, in his phrasing (which mostly eschews the percussive effects the guitar can attain), and in his round, variably articulated sound. There's nothing really new about his approach, and he'd be nothing more than a revivalist to those hellbent on cutting-edge adventure; me, I figure there's always a place for someone who trusts the basic jazz virtues of clean, uncluttered, carefully considered musical dialogue. He'll be joined in conversation by the Green Mill All-Stars, featuring the fire-breathing saxist Ed Peterson and the rambunctious pianist Kenny Prince, with Peterson laying out on Saturday. Tonight, 9 PM, and Saturday, 8 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 878-5552.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Phil Bray.

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