When: Fri., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Pianist Aki Takase and reedist Silke Eberhard were born a generation apart, but their creative impulses make them seem like sisters. The Germany-based musicians show a rich appreciation for the expanse of jazz history, both in their improvisations as well as in projects that explore specific bodies of work: Takase leads a dynamic band in which she impressively brings together drummer and hard-core improviser Paul Lovens with wacko singer and guitarist Eugene Chadbourne to play the music of Fats Waller, while Eberhard’s Potsa Lotsa was formed to play the music of Eric Dolphy. Takase and Eberhard also both love the duo setting, and have been working together for a decade now, often playing the tunes of free-jazz icon Ornette Coleman. On their remarkable 2007 album Ornette Coleman Anthology (Intakt), they express a range of styles and expressions within that repertoire: a bit of tango kisses their version of “Angel Voice,” for instance, while some stride pulses within “The Blessing.” Celebrating Coleman’s melodies and sense of freedom, they use his music as a canvas for highlighting their own quirky personalities. Their rapport is electric, and their inventiveness often seems sparked by the fun they’re having. This is the duo’s Chicago debut.
Price: $20, $15 in advance