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Fred Anderson Trio with Corey Wilkes 

When: Wed., Jan. 20, 8:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $15
This concert celebrates the release of the sixth Fred Anderson album in 12 months, but the onstage lineup recalls a time when the octogenarian tenor man went decades between records. A Night at the Velvet Lounge: Made in Chicago 2007 (Estrada Poznanska) documents an appearance by Anderson's trio at the Made in Chicago Jazz Festival in Poznan, Poland. On that record Anderson's accompanists are virtuoso bassist Harrison Bankhead, his most faithful sideman, and percussionist Dushun Mosley. Mosley's shifts between relaxed swing and edgy funk keep his partners on their toes, and the CD's high point comes when his lively calypso beat on "Gin and Bourbon Street" prompts Anderson to channel his inner Sonny Rollins. Though Mosley has gigged around town for decades with the likes of 8 Bold Souls, tonight is a rare chance to catch him onstage with Anderson. And I'm even more excited about the presence of guest trumpeter Corey Wilkes, who's a full 50 years the saxophonist's junior. Though Anderson rarely plays with trumpeters these days, from the 60s through the 90s he had an indefatigable partner in Bill Brimfield, who added rich harmonies and probing solos to his tunes. I can't wait to hear what Wilkes will bring to the mix with his extra­ordinary chops. —Bill Meyer


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