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Fareed Haque 

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Guitarist Fareed Haque is still young (in his mid-20s), still hungry (playing small clubs and the occasional wedding)--and one of the best-known jazz musicians still living in Chicago (thanks to two albums of his own, sideman stints with Paquiito D'Rivera and Sting, and a solo shot on David Sanborn's TV jam session). The acclaim is deserved and even timely, for despite Haque's tender years, he has already begun to shape an individualistic voice on his instrument. It's been a matter of Haque reining in his own prodigious virtuosity. Even though he can play electric-guitar rock like a demon, and trim his lines to the mellower jazz sound of the amplified guitar, he has chosen to limit himself to the classical guitar; and by adapting its harplike qualities to an improvised setting, Haque has created a clean, uncluttered texture for his often exotic compositions. He's still reining in his technique--there are times when it threatens to run away with his music--and he's still experimenting with the recipe for his mix of tightly held influences, which include South American and Middle Eastern folk musics. Thus far, his progress has been both edifying and entertaining. Saturday, 8 PM, Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway; 878-5552. Thursday, Cotton Club, 1710 S. Michigan; 341-9787.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jenafer Grace Gillingham.

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