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Satan & Adam 

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This pairing of a grizzled veteran Harlem street singer and a young refugee from the Broadway theater sounds like a PR man's dream--but they've got the chops to live up to the hype. Satan is one-man band Sterling Magee, who's been playing guitar and percussion on the streets of New York for as long as anyone can remember, but he's far from the "holy primitive" street-musician stereotype: he lays outrageous percussion explosions--blues backbeats, modern funk, swinging jazz patterns--beneath his urgent, hoarsely passionate vocals, and his guitar playing incorporates everything from traditional Delta flailing to swinging boogie shuffles and swirling, poo-jazz intricacies. Adam Gussow's harp weaves in, out, and around Satan's furious rhythm and melody with a rare combination of sweet elegance and raw force. What could easily have been a novelty act is instead a powerful contemporary-blues ensemble capable of rocking any house with their musicianship, enthusiasm, and uncanny synergy. Thuesday, Rosa's, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.

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


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