Tortoise | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., July 29, 6:30 p.m. 2010
Price: Free
I've been listening a lot lately to last year's Beacons of Ancestorship (Thrill Jockey), which strikes me as one of the most consistent and assured records Tortoise has ever made. Dense with deep grooves and almost aggressively catchy, it's a thoroughly charted-out, tightly arranged piece of work that makes clearer than ever that no matter how many jazz festivals they're invited to play, Tortoise are a rock band. But for me that only makes the premise of this show more interesting. The group was commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Jazz Institute of Chicago to kick off the series Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz with an original composition incorporating some of the city's most interesting jazz players. Reedists Ed Wilkerson Jr. and Greg Ward, flutist Nicole Mitchell, pianist and ARP wizard Jim Baker, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm won't merely be stepping up in turn to improvise solos—they were invited to rehearsals to develop their own parts and help shape the work. The Tortoise guys tend to write new music at the pace of their namesake, so I'm looking forward not just to watching them interact with this distinguished cast but also to hearing a whole set of all-new material. —Peter Margasak



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