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Paul Giallorenzo Trio, Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten Quartet 

When: Wed., Jan. 16, 9:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $10
Powerful Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haaker Flaten only lived in Chicago from 2006 till ’08, but he quickly made his presence felt, playing in several working bands as well as loads of ad hoc groupings. Tonight two of the former reconvene for rare local sets. In 2007 the bassist joined pianist Paul Giallorenzo and drummer Tim Daisy to record the self-titled debut by the pianist’s trio, which came out in late 2012 on Not Two. Giallorenzo’s knotty postbop tunes summon the spirit of Herbie Nichols and early Cecil Taylor. The music swings inexorably even at its most jagged, with the rhythm section maintaining a light touch no matter how driving it gets, and Giallorenzo careens from glassy, splintery sheets of sound to thorny bebop phrases. The other group, Haaker Flaten’s quartet, is a modification of the sporadic working quintet he formed upon his arrival in Chicago seven years ago, with saxophonist Dave Rempis, drummer Frank Rosaly, Norwegian violinist Ola Kvernberg, and guitarist Jeff Parker—more accurately, it’s a pared-down version of the sextet that appears on the new Live at Jazz Fest Saalfelden 2011 (Tektite), which also includes vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz. Like the older quintet material, the music flexes its muscles with driving grooves, corrosive noise, and grinding riffs, but it’s also got a contemplative side, which was evident in Haaker Flaten’s early work in the late 90s but not so much during his stay here. The compositions will obviously sound different without one-third of the band—Kvernberg and Parker couldn’t make it—but this is the first chance locals have to hear them with any lineup. —Peter Margasak

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