Harrison Bankhead Sextet, DJ Peter Margasak | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Harrison Bankhead Sextet, DJ Peter Margasak 

When: Wed., Aug. 24, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $10
If you've got a taste for adventurous jazz, you're probably already familiar with Harrison Bankhead. The bassist has lent propulsion and inspiration to established bands like 8 Bold Souls, Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, and Indigo Trio as well as to countless one-off ad hoc groups. His enduring partnership with saxophonist Fred Anderson brought out the best in both men, and for years Anderson bugged Bankhead to make a record of his own. He finally cut Morning Sun Harvest Moon (Engine) in April 2010, just two months before Anderson died, and it shows that Baba Fred was right all along. Bankhead is accompanied by musicians who have performed with him in other ensembles—percussionist Ernie Adams, drummer Avreeayl Ra, violinist James Sanders, and reedists Edward Wilkerson Jr. and Mars Williams—and he plays Mingus-like swing, jovial calypso, and blown-out free jazz with equal aplomb. The lineup from the recording will reconvene tonight for two sets; Reader critic Peter Margasak will spin records between, before, and after them. —Bill Meyer

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