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Bobby Broom's Big Deal Trio 

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Bobby Broom's distinction lies in the subtle eclecticism of his playing. In his choice of notes and even in the tone he coaxes from the jazz guitar, he blends hints of blues and funk, and goes so for as to suggest a working familiarity with acid rock. Broom doesn't perform in those genre's per se; instead he uses a whiff here, a pinch there, to spice the stew. He also brings to the guitar a bursting, somewhat diffuse energy. Broom doesn't concern himself with sculpting one perfect phrase after another (in the manner of, say, guitarist Jim Hall or Wynton Marsalis); he barrels along on each solo's momentum, relying primarily on his own quick reflexes and inviting the rest of us to share his enjoyment in each musical discovery. When he's on target, he reminds us that good jazz doesn't have to be tidy. In the last several years, Broom has polished a sterling trio, which he calls the Big Deal, starring bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas. This weekend they'll flne-tune their smooth-running efficiency to prep for a recording session next week. And Broom has invited back former Chicagoan Ron Blake--who used to play with the trio and who currently holds down the saxophone chair in Roy Hargrove's band--to make the deal a little bigger. Friday, 11 PM and 1 AM, Bop Shop, 1807 W. Division; 235-3232. Saturday, 10 PM Quicksilver, 3855 N. Lincoln; 327-1223. Sunday, 10 PM, Underground Wonder Bar, 10 E. Walton; 266-7761.


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