Peeping Tom, Breakway | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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Peeping Tom, Breakway 

When: Thu., Oct. 29, 10 p.m. 2009
Price: Donation requested
On its superb debut album, File Under: Bebop (Umlaut), this clever French-Swedish trio transforms classic tunes by the likes of Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Bud Powell into delivery systems for loosey-goosey free jazz. Alto saxophonist Pierre-Antoine Badaroux, bassist Joel Grip, and drummer Antonin Gerbal clearly love and understand the hijacked standards, and in each performance PEEPING TOM refer back to abstracted bits of their source material. Their buoyant, spontaneous improvisations are somehow both craggy and lithe, hurtling surefootedly along knotty paths—even at its most chaotic the music is as elegant as it is explosive. Local electroacoustic trio Breakway opens. —Peter Margasak

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