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Brad Goode 

Brad Goode

When trumpeter Brad Goode first hit town in the mid-80s, just out of college, he looked about 14; now in his mid-30s, he still looks young enough to get carded at the clubs he plays. But onstage his musical maturity was always self-evident, as he drew out lithe but complex lines with his light, skipping technique. And over the last dozen years, his travels through a wide range of jazz styles have given Goode plenty of opportunity to showcase his bright-toned virtuosity. I have some serious complaints about certain aspects of his playing--such as his sudden interpolations of 19th-century light-classical phrasing, which strike me as just intrusive, and his tendency to fall in love with one or another rhythmic pattern in mid-solo, which halts the dramatic flow of his improvising. But I have nothing but respect for his command of the instrument or his musicality; these strange interludes clearly result from choice, not chance. Then there's his impressive work ethic. Goode is a mainstay of the jazz scene not only in Chicago--he's played the Green Mill almost every Wednesday night since 1986--but also in Cleveland, Columbus, and southeastern Michigan, a regular member of bands that appear on a weekly or fortnightly basis in those communities. Now Goode's regionality has landed him a teaching job in Cincinnati, and while I have no doubt that he'll return fairly frequently to guest in various Chicago bands, this Wednesday he'll play his last weekly Green Mill gig. It'll feature pianist Karl Montzka, bassist Stuart Miller, and drummer Dana Hall from Goode's usual quintet, plus guest Pat Mallinger on saxophone. The preceding Saturday he'll play with the excellent trombonist Paul McKee, bassist Victor Kaihatu, drummer Eric Montzka, and the ageless John Young on piano. Saturday, 8 PM, and Wednesday, 6 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 773-878-5552. NEIL TESSER

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo by Marc PoKempner.

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