Rich Corpolongo Trio | Jazz Showcase | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Rich Corpolongo Trio Soundboard

When: Wed., Sept. 8, 8 & 10 p.m. 2010

Chicago reedist Rich Corpolongo recently released his first album as a leader in 12 years, Get Happy (Delmark), a wonderfully naturalistic trio recording with bassist Dan Shapera and drummer Rusty Jones. On previous efforts Corpolongo has focused on rigorous original material with an exploratory bent, even dipping into avant-garde techniques like serialism, but here he embraces old-school postbop—the program consists entirely of jazz standards, bookended by the Charlie Parker classics "Chi Chi" and "Dewey Square." The session was recorded by local engineer Ken Christianson with just two microphones, lending it a warm, roomy sound, and given the instrumental format and Corpolongo's buoyant tenor-sax style and gift for motific improvisation, it's hard not be reminded of vintage Sonny Rollins. Corpolongo has been working with Shapera and Jones for years, and you can hear it in the band's effortless grace and intuitive spontaneity. Get Happy isn't as bold as some of his older work, but it's as joyous as any jazz record I've heard this year.

Price: $10, $5 students and musicians.

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