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When: Thu., Dec. 11, 8 p.m. 2014

On his latest album, Field Notes (Royal Potato Family), Evanston native Wil Blades subtly tweaks the sound and reworks the ethos of the classic Hammond B3 organ combo. He shies away from the organ’s fat, swelling tones for something more linear and driving (complementing his lines with brittle Clavinet parts), and the band avoids the swing so often tied to Hammond trios. While most of his tunes are shot through with the blues, Blades delegates important roles to his collaborators—both guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Simon Lott push the groove rather than ladle on the grease. On the opener, “Miller’s Time,” Lott summons the sound of his native New Orleans, laying down a funky rhythm that recalls Meters timekeeper Zigaboo Modeliste, while the smoldering “Chrome” imparts a kind of muted, hazy soul. Parker is a dominant force on the album, dropping some serious psychedelic funk on “Parks n’ Wreck”—a song composed for him by Blades—and slicing through a hybrid of Jamaican rhythms and Ethiopian voicings on “Addis.” For tonight’s gig veteran jazz guitarist Ed Cherry will sub for Parker, with Lott maintaining his spot on the drum throne. —Peter Margasak

Price: $15-$27

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