DELFEAYO MARSALIS | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


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Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis seems content to stay in the shadow of his famous musical family; although he's an established producer who's guided sessions for Jeff "Tain" Watts, Terence Blanchard, and Harry Connick Jr., he's released only two albums as a leader since his 1992 debut. The recent Minions Dominion (Troubadour Jass), released in September but recorded in 2002, doesn't offer any real surprises--Marsalis sticks to the 60s postbop model his older brothers found fame with in the 80s. Still, it's a solid, deeply enjoyable outing delivered by a seasoned crew, including the great Elvin Jones (two years before he died), pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassists Eric Revis and Bob Hurst III, and saxophonists Donald Harrison and Branford Marsalis. Delfeayo's touring band isn't featured on the record but includes players like pianist Anthony Wonsey and saxophonist Mark Shim, who are fluent in a variety of jazz styles. Bassist David Pulphus and drummer Jeff Fajardo round out the group. a 7 and 9:30 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo, 312-362-9707, $35, $30 in advance.


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