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If jazz and the avant-garde share any common ground, Roscoe Mitchell has explored it. He's best known as the innovative reed player of the Art Ensemble of Chicago who pushed jazz to extremes of aggressive minimalism. His more experimental work, partially notated, rhythmically complex, and sometimes almost medieval in its austere polyphony, is less well known, and this concert will showcase his latest work in that style. Mitchell's hand-picked group includes, among others, fantastic baritone Tom Buckner, legendary Thurman Barker on percussion, and Brian Smith playing a 13-foot-tall double bass (you saw it at New Music America '82). The program features Mitchell's settings of E.E. Cummings poems plus one of "Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City" by Joseph Jarman. Sunday, 8 PM, Goodman Theatre Studio, 200 S. Columbus; 283-0531 or 443-3800.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lauren Deutsch.

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