Tareab, Karl E.H. Seigfried with Boo Cook, Josh Abrams/Tom Abbs, Chicago Phonography | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Tareab, Karl E.H. Seigfried with Boo Cook, Josh Abrams/Tom Abbs, Chicago Phonography All Ages Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Oct. 3, 7 p.m. 2008

This won’t be the first time New York-based pianist Craig Taborn has come to Chicago to improvise with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Mike Reed. But their last gigs together, in May 2007 at the Velvet Lounge, were apparently strong enough that they’ve decided to give the trio an actual name. (Tareab borrows the first two letters from each member’s surname.) On a recording from those gigs, they sound like they’ve been playing together every week: Taborn and Abrams repeatedly hit upon passages where they seem to be sharing a brain—the pianist skitters up and down the keys in angular runs of melody while the bassist bobs and weaves, masterfully anticipating his every move. Meanwhile, Reed not only pushes his cohorts to bear down in certain passages but prods them during the rare moments of stasis. Tareab easily veers from implied swing to total freedom but never feels unmoored, and I’m betting that with every subsequent get-together the bonds of intuition will only strengthen. This show is part of the Chicago Calling Arts Festival. —Peter Margasak

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