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Chicago Goes West Makes a Stop in Chicago

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Chicago Goes West
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Formed a couple of years ago when Chicago trumpeter James Davis met Calgary drummer Karl Schwonik at a jazz camp in Connecticut, the trio Chicago Goes West (which also includes Montreal bassist Nic Bédard) has just released its self-titled debut on Chronograph Records. Davis, a faculty member at Triton College in River Grove, leads his own quintet (he's also played in Zing!), but as its name suggests Chicago Goes West is a collaborative effort, and all three members contribute tunes.

Davis and crew are rooted squarely in mainstream jazz and hardly push its envelope, but within the idiom they aren't afraid to take risks. Trumpet-led trios without chordal instruments are fairly scarce in jazz, in part because that horn is more physically demanding and unwieldy than a saxophone; all three players also make bold use of space and silence in their performances. The group is in the middle of an American tour that started in Washington, D.C., and is indeed going west, though only as far as Colorado. They play a free concert tomorrow night at the Whistler.

Below you can hear a Davis tune called "Obscurity" from Chicago Goes West (with the band's permission), as well as watch video footage of a performance of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" taped at Kennedy Center last year.

Today’s playlist:

Arthur Russell, The Sleeping Bag Sessions (Sleeping Bag/TEG)
Kid Sister, Ultraviolet (Downtown)
Mark Feldman, Uri Caine, Greg Cohen, and Joey Baron, Secrets (Tzadik)
Marcelo D2, A Arte do Barulho (EMI, Brazil)
Jackie McLean, Demon’s Dance (Blue Note)

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