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What gives Chicago's tenor saxophone players their big sound and aggressive energy? Is it our windy city's lusty, big-shoulders heritage rising from the cement and fog? Whatever the reason, Vandy Harris hits hard; his sound is as clean and solid as stainless steel, and his energy and technical facility are great. Moreover, he's a violent improviser, shooting off volley after volley of cleanly articulated lines as though he were on fire. Harris dwells in the most high-energy realms of modal-free jazz, using Coltrane-like concepts of form--in fact, the last time I heard him, at the Jazz Festival last month, he played one solo that was pure 1966 Coltrane. His set tonight, without his usual Front Burners band, is another in this fall's series of benefits to defray medical expenses for fellow tenorman Light Henry Huff. Tonight, 8 PM, Southend Musicworks, 1313 S. Wabash; 939-2848.

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

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